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Title:Women in Nigerian music
Author:Omibiyi-Obidike, M.A.
Periodical:Bulletin of the International Committee on Urgent Anthropological and Ethnological Research
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:Within specified cultural limits, women feature prominently in the production and performance of music in contemporary Nigeria. They are mostly singers, since drumming or playing traditional instruments apart from rattles is usually the exclusive preserve of men. As singers, female musicians have distinguished themselves both as soloists and as leaders of singing and dancing groups, and have operated as performers in the various categories of music, viz. traditional, neotraditional, church or religious, pop, and art. The author describes female musicians in these various media of expression, examines what has been done so far to document their contributions for posterity, either in the form of research studies in academic circles or in positive promotion through the mass media, and suggests approaches to the proper documentation and study of female musicians in Nigeria. Bibliogr., note, ref.