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Music of the Idoma of Nigeria

Music of the Idoma of Nigeria

The Idoma people of Nigeria allowed Prof. Robert G. Armstrong to record a ritual whose live performance is considered taboo except at funerals. For the wake, elderly women sing and play ichicha (large gourd rattles); there is also a dance circle with at least one man on an okanga(two-membrane drum). The wake lasts all night until the actual funeral, the Urchulo Nehi (Great Ceremony), the following noon.

Track Listing

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Alekwu Chants Ediigwu 2:26
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102
Ichicha Songs Ediigwu 7:19
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103
Alekwu Chant: Onugbu and Oko Ediigwu 1:57
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Alekwu Chant: Journey to Igbira Ediigwu 11:10
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The Alekwu Prays Ediigwu 2:39
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The Alekwu and Chorus Ediigwu 12:25
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Ediigwu and Chorus Ediigwu 5:07

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