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Title:Kiriboto music in Yoruba culture
Author:Omojola, Bode
Periodical:Bulletin of the International Committee on Urgent Anthropological and Ethnological Research
Geographic term:Nigeria
traditional music
Abstract:Traditional Yoruba music represents a mirror through which the Yoruba culture of Nigeria can be understood. This paper focuses on one type of Yoruba music, 'kiriboto', which combines vocal and instrumental renditions. The music is played by an ensemble of five drums of the membranophone family. Unlike 'dundun drums', 'kiriboto' drums are essentially rhythmic instruments, whose main function is to accompany songs, which are sung by the instrumentalists themselves. The author pays attention to the role of music in Yoruba culture, the training of musicians, the performance of 'kiriboto' music and the organization of 'kiriboto' groups, the occasions at which 'kiriboto' music is played, and the types of 'kiriboto' songs (praise songs, historical songs, songs of requests to the gods, songs of social control), and musical styles. The author studied one musical group in particular, 'Akano Oni'kete', which is based in Oyo. Notes, ref.