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Title:The performances of Kaalu Igirigiri, an Ohafia Igbo singer of tales
Author:Azuonye, ChukwumaISNI
Periodical:Research in African Literatures
Geographic term:Nigeria
oral literature
songs (form)
Abstract:Among the numerous singers of heroic tales in the formerly warlike Igbo community of Ohafia in the Cross River area of Imo State, southeastern Nigeria, by far the most widely acclaimed virtuoso in the 1970s was a peasant farmer with a mellow singing voice named Kaalu Igirigiri. This paper is a study of the compositions and performances of this distinguished oral artist. Based on recordings made in the field between 1971 and 1977, it focuses on the distinctive artistic qualities of Kaalu Igirigiri's compositions as seen in the light of traditional aesthetic principles enunciated in various tape-recorded interviews not only by Kaalu himself but also by rival singers and other well-known local connoisseurs. The paper also compares the performances of Kaalu Igirigiri with those of his known predecessors, contemporaries, and one identified apprentice. Besides, it considers the dynamics of the growth of his art over the period during which the recordings were made. App., bibliogr., notes, ref.