“African Pianism as an Intercultural Compositional Framework”: A Study of the Piano Works of Akin Euba by Bode Omojola.
According to Census 2010, 50.8 percent of Nigerian people were Christian, 48.8 percent people were Islam, and people who had traditional beliefs were only 0.4 percent. I believe that music in Nigeria deeply relates to Christian and Islam religious music. In Dr. Omojola’s “African Pianism as an Intercultural Compositional Framework”: A Study of the Piano Works, he wrote that the musical landscape in Nigeria has continued to witness the emergence of new musical idioms which range from those that are practiced within the contexts of religious worships to those that are performed as part of social ceremonies and in concert halls (153). In my five times experience visiting Kenya - a similar context to Nigeria historically and culturally - I found that African music directly relate to their daily life. They express positive emotion through dance and music; however, I agree with Dr. Omojola’s statement that the Christian Church became an important focal point for Nigerians to express their discontent (154). I believe that British political authority and European-imported Christian Church provided good education to Nigerian people, but in my opinion, they diminished Nigerian’s Arts, not to mention traditional religion and culture. According to Dr. Omojola, European missionary schools and the Church provided musical training for Nigerians in both theory and practice of European music, but European missionaries had been banned Nigerian music (154). When I was in Kenya, I realized that most of the schools were built by Euro Christian Church or Islam temple. Very interesting aspect of the schools was that there is no existence of art and music education in schools. Therefore, I believe that African music was influenced by religious service in church or Islam temple.
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