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Music and Social Dynamics in Nigeria


Edited By Bode Omojola

Music and Social Dynamics in Nigeria explores the diverse ways in which music reflects, and is shaped by, historical and social dynamics of life in Nigeria. Contributors to this volume include some of the leading scholars of Nigerian music, such as Joshua Uzoigwe, Laz Ekwueme, Tunji Vidal, Richard C. Okafor, A. K. Achinivu, Ademola Adegbite, Femi Faseun, and Christian Onyeji. Focusing on ancient and new musical traditions, including modern African art music, and drawing on the methods of ethnography and music analysis, the various chapters of the book discuss the role of music in community life, enculturation and education, political institutions, historical processes, belief systems, and social hierarchies. Conceived primarily for students and scholars of African music, this book will also be of immense value to the general reader.

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Bode Omojola is Five College Professor of Music, teaching at Mount Holyoke College and the other institutions of the Five College Consortium, namely, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Omojola obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Leicester in England, and has held the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship at the University of Cologne, Germany. A former Radcliffe Institute Fellow in Musicology at Harvard University, Omojola was the founding National Secretary of the Musicological Society of Nigeria (now the Association of Nigerian Musicologists). He currently chairs the Five College African Studies Council of the Five College Consortium. His previous books include Yoruba Music in the Twentieth Century: Identity, Agency and Performance Practice (2012) and Nigerian Art Music (1995).

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