Precious Kufre Udoh, Okwudiri Nwamara Alvan-ikoku (PhD)


This composition work re-evaluates, defines, and contextualizes Ibibio choral music within the compositional framework of Nigerian Arts music. This work was conducted in order to assess the importance of the Ibibio language in vocal music. Texts drawn from the bible, rhythmic motifs derived from the Ibibio traditional orchestra instruments and other compositional techniques underpinned this composition. The work derived its theme from scrutinized and detailed research and study of existing literature. It was observed that Ibibio rhythm,style, and harmony employed western harmonic styles; the selected traditional orchestralinstruments employed are of different sizes and shapes, and as such produce different sounds and pitches which also influence Ibibio beat patterns. An analytical research method was employed. Primary and secondary sources were sourced through the internet and library. Recommendations were made. In the end, it was observed that the song text in 'Emem Ke Nigeria' portrays the identity of the Ibibio people; it also encourages a state of peace and tranquility, through prayer for a nation where people crave love and oneness during political events of a country (Nigeria). This study is an attempt towards creating and documenting new genres in the contemporaryIbibio musical work repertoire, as well as providing comprehensive material for furthermusicological and compositional research in the near future.


Keywords: Rhythm, language, choral, composition, style, harmony, Ibibio.

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