Igbo Music is crucial to us, it’s our Dignity and Identity

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Reviving Igbo Music is crucial to us, it’s our identity, property and dignity.

While inspecting the effect that music has on the way of life of the Igbo public, one would need to look no farther than the most punctual records of the tremendous history of Igbo in Nigeria. The Igbo customarily depend vigorously on percussion instruments like the drum and the gong, which are famous in light of their intrinsic capacity to give a different cluster of beat, sound, and pitch. Igbo music is for the most part exuberant, cheery, and unconstrained which makes an assortment of sounds that empowers the Igbo public to fuse music into practically every one of the features of their day by day lives.

Igbo music instruments incorporate a woodblock known as okpola, a breeze instrument like the flute, called an oja and the ichaka. The Igbo additionally have a style of music called Ikorodo, which is the point at which every one of the instruments are played along with vocal backup.

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In spite of the fact that Igbo music stays exceptionally customary, it has gone through certain progressions in bygone eras. In the 60’s and 70’s another sort of music was conceived called Igbo highlife. This was a combination of customary Igbo music and Western African highlife. It joined quick beat Latino beats and beautiful reggae, with cadenced West African sounds. Recently, Nigerian rappers have likewise carried changes to the palates of the Igbo individuals with the implantation of hip bounce, a hybrid style of music that incorporates Afro-American elements, Igbo instrumentals and verses.

Some mainstream Igbo performers include: Sir Warrior (Head of Highlife), Oliver de Coque (King of Highlife), Celestine Ukwu, Onyeka Onwenu, Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe, Bright Chimezie (Duke of Highlife), Nico Mbarga, Oriental Brothers (Stars of Music), Flavour N’abania and obviously the rule existing apart from everything else Umu Obiligbo.

To glance inside and out, we brought to you the unparalleled unseparated twins Umu Obiligbo.

 

Interviewer:
Umu Obiligbo! Welcome to FreshNewCut!

Umu Obiligbo:
We are very grateful, This place fine o, no be small… (Cheering…)

Interviewer:
We’ve had a lot about you guys but it’s better you introduce yourself.

Umu Obiligbo:
Together we are Umuobilibo independently known as Ogbuozor and Akunnwafor Obiligbo-Junior, we are Nigerian Igbo highlife performers. Conceived and raised in Anambra State. I Ogbuozor is the senior, while Akunnwafor sitting close to me, is the following in the family. From same mother and father, we are sovereign by heredity. Our baptismal names are Chukwuemeka known as Akunwafor and Ifeanyichukwu Obiligbo known as Ogbuozor.

Interviewer:
How is your music excursion and encounters?

Umu Obiligbo:
All things considered, our melodic abilities is really a blessing from our maker, God Almighty, since we experienced childhood in the roads. We were not brought into the world with brilliant spoon or brought up in alleged Government Reserved Areas (GRA) in light of the fact that our dad, a working class man performer permitted us to stir up well with individuals while we’re growing up. That assisted us with going through the road life, schools and from that point; we came to know the specific happenings in the nation today. We say thanks to God for that and that is the place where our motivations to compose our melodies are coming from consistently.

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Our dad was brought into the world by the Late Chief Ezigbo Obili-e-bo. The well known Ekpili music star at that point. Probably the best fan was General Yakubu Gowon, the then Nigeria Head of State, who on one event subsequent to watching him performing, gave him a 504 Pegeot vehicle as a blessing. That was between 1973/1974. Obiligbo is a phase name and has been adupted by us as a phase name too. Our immediate dad is Ajana Obiligbo. He was the primary child of the incredible performer Obiligbo. He was a music star as well.

Interviewer:
One thing astonished everybody, Why do you all decide to do Igbo music in a period when everybody is doing afro-pop?

Umu Obiligbo:
As we said before on, music is in our bloodline, together we have been composing, singing and performing native Igbo music from youthful age of 7 years. We live it, practice it and doing it expertly from recording to parties. As of not long ago when we’re grown up men and anticipating make this type a worldwide sound, because of the way that numerous youthful people favor tuning in to Afro-Pop and rather consider our to be as option, just when there is internment function, house warming, etc.

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To dispatch Igbo music back to spotlight we hugely team up with Afro-Pop specialists and furthermore promising them to imbue it into their different collections, in any event 2 tracks in their collection. Directly from our past joint efforts, it is glaring that Igbo rappers and vocalists like Flavor, Phyno, Zoro, Masterkraft, etc love our style and are prepared to inject it in their music yet none is prepared to do crude Igbo music as we do and are not prone to advance it.

To break the boundary, we wait doing the music in crude structure all things considered and rather used Afro-Pop creation and blends to make it more interesting to our intended interest groups.

Interviewer:
How was people’s response in recents?

Umu Obiligbo:

Marvelous, truth be told we scarcely rest home this days, each club need us to perform for them both in the east and Lagos, anyplace Igbos dwells, they need us there.

Interviewer:
What’s the future of Igbo highlife music?

Umu Obiligbo:
Truly, it is troubling. Indeed, even as we talk there are some Igbo people that actually call us shrubbery individuals since we are not doing Afro-Pop, regardless of the way that we’ve make an honest effort to modernized it to make it engaging. Resuscitating Igbo Music is urgent to us, it’s our personality, property and poise. So it’s our obligation as individual Igbo individual to hear it out, dance to it and contribute our quarters to make it a worldwide sound.

Interviewer:
Thanks for coming onboard my brothers.

Umu Obiligbo:
Much obliged for welcoming us, we are glad to be here.

Interviewer:
We appreciate you guys a lot, Bye.


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