From the primeval age of Ayanagalu (the Yoruba pioneer-drummer-turned-deity-of-drumming) to the modern era, Yoruba musical traditions have been shaped by individual performers: drummers, dancers, singers, and chanters, w self-mediated visions of their social and cultural environment. Yoruba Music in the Twentieth Century explores the role of the performer and the performing group in creating these traditions, contributing to the ongoing reorientation of scholarship on African music toward individual creativity within a larger social network.
Drawing on extensive field research conducted over the course of two decades, Bode Omojola examines traditional Yoruba genres such as bata and dundun drumming as well as more contemporary genres such as Yoruba popular music. The book also addresses a spectrum of social issues, ranging from gender inequality to the impactianity and Islam on Yoruba musical practice. Throughout, Omojola emphasizes the interrelatedness of the different components of the Yoruba musical landscape, as well as the role of specific individuals and groups of musicians, who have continued to draw from indigenous Yoruba musical resources to create new musical forms in the process of engaging the social dynamics of a rapidly changing environment.
Awarded honorable mention in the 2014 Kwabena Nketia Book Competition of the African Music Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology.
Bode Omojola is a Five College Associate Professor of Music at Mt. Holyoke College.
Yoruba Drumming: Performance Practice and the Politics of Identity Talking and Stammering: Toward an Analysis of Yoruba Drumming Songs of the King's Wives: Gendered and Social Identities inYoruba Vocal Performance The Airegbe Song Tradition of Yoruba Female Chiefs Yoruba Music in the Christian Liturgy: Notation, Performance,and Identity Yoruba Music in Christian Worship: The Aladura Church Yoruba Popular Music: Hybridity, Identity, and Power Yoruba Islamic Popular Music Conclusion Appendixes A: Fieldwork B: Accompanying Compact Disc Track List