THE MUSICAL ACTIVITIES OF ADOLESCENT GIRLS IN ALAENYI TRADITIONAL SOCIETY OF IMO STATE

AUTHOR: OGUOMA, PATIENCE UCHENWA

DEPARTMENT: MUSIC

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA

Music constitutes the strongest, the most effective, remarkable tie and cultural identity of the member towns of Alaenyi clan. The musical activities include those of the adolescent girls which consist of singing of lullabies, folktale songs, play and game songs, entertainment music performances, singing of work songs, playing of musical instruments, and dancing during social ceremonies of Nwam e toola (puberty), marriages and burials. To a very large extent, avu ifo (folk songs) and avu oro (play songs) which form the bedrock of most adult traditional musical activities have evoked love, patriotism, to name a few; Nwam e toola (puberty rites) promoted chastity; charismatic and mesmerising Alija and other dances projected cultural heritage, and promoted chances for girls’ marriage; Iku nwa activated the spirit of industry and caring; while marriage activities taught respect and solidarity, among a litany of social values. In the light of those potentials listed above, it became apt and pertinent to save those musical activities from extinction. Using musical and anthropological equipment such as observation, participation, interviews, video and audio recorders, notes and scholarly writings, this descriptive study systematically identified and collected the music samples for documentation and further research. It discussed the historical and other ethnographic backgrounds of Alaenyi; studied and analyzed the musical and non-musical data: and adjudged their implications. The findings of the study revealed that, among other benefits, the younger generations would learn history, social norms, proper traditional dance styles, leadership and followership skills, and effective use of leisure time. Parents would get closer to their kids while schools’ curricula become highly enriched. Cultural heritage (material and non-material) of the communities are projected and enhanced, while the libraries are enriched with cultural artefacts for the State and National museums. The study would also benefit the Ministries of Information, Culture and Tourism, National and International Associations of Igbo studies, and Research Students of Ethnomusicology.

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