Ethnomusicological Enquiry into Contemporary Indigenously Inclined Ìjálá Music in Yoruba Land

Abstract

Yoruba social music appeal to traditional audience who are accustomed to the conventional property embedded in it. The appeal facilitates an increasing number of traditionally inclined social music practitioners who are gradually directing their efforts towards the creation of new form of ensemble music. Ethnographic method of data collection used in the study revealed that Ìjálá genre is text-based with symbolic use of words and allusion varying from place to place. It is monophonic in concept and the subject is centered on praise and adoration. It is seen as a verbal tool in the context of Ìjálá performances. The finding reveals the functional process of oral genre from place to place within a family or otherwise. Information on the use of Ìjálá music for different occasions was significant to the study.  It further reveals the healing process of the oral genre.

Keywords: Ensemble, Music, Social, Yoruba, chant, Ìjálá


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