Hope Nkechi Okpala


In Nigeria and Igbo culture, in particular, music-making is not just performed for mere entertainment. The value placed on music is beyond its beauty and enjoyment. Music is a life-long activity that serves as a medium for cultural transmission. It is an essential part of Igbo culture. It plays a very prominent role in the shaping and moulding of human character to a desirable one which is the pivot of development in any Igbo community. This study examines the role of indigenous music in human development in Igbo culture. Textual analyses of selected indigenous Igbo songs were also done. Findings in this study reveal that music is an essential tool in character moulding which results in the breeding of individuals with adorable mindsets, capable of effecting positive change in Igbo communities. It also reveals that the present generation shows little or no interest in the performance of indigenous music. This study, therefore, recommends that indigenous music should be integrated into primary and post-primary schools' curricula. It also recommends that awareness be created about the relevance of indigenous music in the life of the people by showcasing it through various media outlets. The Source of information was based on literature review and interview.


Keywords: Igbo community, indigenous music, human development, character moulding, cultural transmission.

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