Music And Traditional Music In Nigeria

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1.0 BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY Apart from education, culture is another factor on the wheel of development of any nation. A society is distinguished from another as a result of culture. Culture constitutes the totality of customs, rituals, music, food, patterns of building houses, norms and values that regulate the people’s way of life. Music, festivals and tourist centres are part of culture (Nnamani, 2014). Music is the most widely practiced of all the arts in Nigeria. At any time of the night or day, somewhere in the land or sea, some type of music is practiced (Okafor 2009). Cardinal to this type of music is its integral relationship to life, life styles and patterns of the individuals within the communities and the wider societies. The relationship, similarity or differences between the music of these communities depend on the relationship between their languages and culture. Culture is the actual determinant of the type of music to be performed and it is called traditional or folk music. Traditional music in Nigeria (all tribes inclusive) has a close relationship with other forms of art such as crafts, drama, painting, dances, gestures, songs, instrumental renditions, sculpture and oral poetry. It is also functional-associated with a particular festival or event.
Festivals on its own is defined as events that are based on a group communion that manifests the communal behavioral patterns. It is an occasion during which members of a society demonstrates

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