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Title:Music and healing among the Yoruba
Author:Omibiyi-Obidike, Mosunmola A.
Periodical:African Notes: Bulletin of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan
Geographic term:Nigeria
traditional medicine
Abstract:So far very little work has been done on the use of music therapy in Africa and to redress the balance this article documents and analyses therapeutic use of music by the Yorb of Nigeria, among whom it is used to cure health disorders and to maintain the well-being of people and communities. The article begins with a description of Yorb concepts of illness and its etiology, inevitably requiring a brief exposition of the indigenous belief system, and of the indigenous healing systems, before moving on to discussing the use of music as an aid to healing. This is accompanied by copious examples of songs and chants used for all sorts of different circumstances, given both in Yorb and in English translation. The music employed may be either vocal or instrumental. Bibliogr., notes.