Egedege: "The Journey Of Ijele"

By Ifeanyi Ndukwe, The Nigerian Voice Entertainment
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African history of arts would not be complete without the proud mention of the Ijele Mask which originally could be traced to old Anambra State in Nigeria.

It is a spectacle masquerade that defines elegance, beauty and courage. The journey of ljele could be mystic as well as informative and entertaining.

Suffice to add that the great legendary author, Chinua Achebe quote thus, "the world is like a mask dancing. If you want to see it well, you do not stand in one place, "could be in reference to the masquerade qualities.

Pardon me if I bore you with details as l intend to take you on a journey of the ljele in aspect of the Nigeria indigenous music, specifically the Igbo music.

Several singers have raised the bar for indigenous lgbo music. Here the article will channel and shine light on the rile and influence of Madam Theresa Onuorah, Flavour aka ljele Africa and Phyno Fino. These three have plated prominent roles in upholding cultural norms and standards of lgbo traditions in their music genre. Nonetheless, artists like Satin De Coque, Zoro,and several new upcoming.

Igbo songs have over time experienced a wave of transmutation from what it used to be in the 80s and 90. The introduction of Egedege featuring the above mentioned top artists were able to inspire upcoming Igbo artistes and step up the standards of the game in the music industry.

Before now, Igbo artistes in the music industry were mostly found in the Jazz genre of music, as the likes of Oliver De Coque, Stephen Osita Osadebe, Mike Ejeagha and Victor Uwaifo, thrilled Nigerians in the 80s and 90s with their unique Igbo songs using the Jazz style.

However, things seems to have taken a dramatic turn in the music industry with the advent of Flavour and Phyno.

While Flavour keeps using the Igbo language in his songs, in addition to the culture and traditions of the Southeastern region of Nigeria which he continues to display through his songs.

Phyno is well known for his charismatic flows of Igbo lyrics in his songs, a unique blend of talent that made the rapper to receive several nominations and awards over the years.

Theresa Onuorah on the other hand, is one of the veteran female Igbo artiste in the Nigerian music industry that makes use of the Jazz genre in producing inspiring Igbo songs. The legendary singer makes use of the Igbo language in her songs, so well that she keeps being invited to thrill her audiences in several events.

The 80 year old mother of one keeps raising the standard of Igbo songs in the Nigerian music industry. Therefore, it is iconic of her dexterity to effectively collaborate with her younger colleagues, Phyno and Flavour, in her song, "Egedege".

The music begins with a call from the falconer, Theresa Onuorah.

"Ijele eruwago, muna oye ga egba egwu" (this is an urgent call for all lovers of good music to spring to their feet for dancing mood).

Flavour comes in to support with eloquent chorus, "Na etemu egwu, Na egbara m egwu" meaning dance with joy and delight continuously. Supported with the melodramatic rap of Phyno touch.

The creativity is extraordinary and continues to thrill audience irrespective of tribe or culture to entertainment.

You would agree with me that the highlight of the music is the vote of thanks by legendary actor and filmmaker, Chief Pete Edochie which crowns it all with wise nuggets.

Till the next edition, watch out for BLOOD SISTERS inthriling review from this stable.