Some theatre practitioners have urged modern music producers in Nigeria to accord local musical instruments the desired relevance in their productions.
In separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN in Abuja recently, they observed that local musical instruments had attained new vibrancy in the nation’s cultural setting.
They expressed displeasure over the consistent use of computer to make music and the tendency to neglect or relegate local musical instruments by modern Nigerian musicians.
The Chief Executive Officer `Blackbones Theatre Company’, Mr Kayode Aiyegbusi, enjoins Nigerian musicians to embrace the use of traditional musical instruments, especially the talking drum.
While making reference to Brazil, Cuba and Ethiopia, he said that the talking drum had attained universal recognition and acceptance.
Aiyegbusi, who is also a Director of Arts of a Cultural Group, also identified the talking drum as a medium of communication and voice of the people.
“It assumes the voice of the person talking.
“Talking drum can be used to criticize and correct the ills of the society.”
According to him, the talking drum, flute and local guitar, serve a significant purpose in the society and are used by royalty as well.
“It conveys ancestral messages, thereby giving the people and the traditional palace what to talk about.
“It is mostly used as a means of chanting praises to kings, families and empires,” Aiyegbusi said.
Making reference to the Hausa talking drum known as ‘Alango’, he explained that the instrument is an integral part of the Yoruba music culture just as it is also used in other parts of Nigeria.
According to Aiyegbusi, the talking, in Yoruba culture, is seen as hereditary.
“It is more of family talent, where it is passed from one generation and person to another,” he said.
Similarly, Mr Nelson Okolobia, a theatre practitioner, said musicians should utilise other local instruments such as guitar and flutes in delivering their songs.
He urged modern musicians to emulate the Late Dan Maraya Jos and D’Banj, whose music, he said, had made great impact in the music industry and society due to the use of local instruments. NAN

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