Ndi Igbo kwenu! Rienu! Ñuonu! Muonu! Zuonu!
Kwezuenu oooo!!! Yaaaa!!!!
The day we've all been waiting for is here and I know you're as excited as we are.
It's such a privilege to have you all come by here today and we're grateful.
To us, it simply means the vision suits your need.
This is our own, by our own, and for our own!
Without wasting our precious time we'll just give a brief background of what we hope to achieve by this project.
As mentioned, it's currently an online entertainment radio station that would feature Igbo comedy and Igbo music of all genres.
So if you're one of those who classify every Igbo music as Highlife, then you're wrong.
It would interest you to know especially if you're a "millennial baby", that there are other forms of Igbo music that
you may not be aware of but that made a lot of sense to the older generation and that would make sense these days with a little tweaking here and there.
Apart from Igbo Highlife Music which is usually identified by the predominant sound of the guitars and horns and was popularized
by musicians like, Chief Osita Osadebe, Cardinald Rex Jim Lawson, Dr Sir Warrior, Dr Oliver De Coque, to mention just a few,
we have many other music genres like: The Odumodu music.
The Odumodu music, which originates from Umuahia, in the eastern part of Nigeria, is mainly played with the Ekwe and Udu i.e., the wooden gong and and bass Pot.
Some of the artistes in this genres, include Prof. Obewe and Chief Ogenwanne.
There's also the Ekpiri or Ekpili music genre. This is the type that Mr Mike Ejeagha a.k.a. Ichie Ekpiri, is known for. Chief Akunwata Ozoemena Nsugbe and Chief Emeka Morocco also fall within this group.
Again we have the Bongo genre, which is an adaptation from the old abiriwa music which was popularized by the peacocks band of Africa and others of that era. It has since been re-invented by the Owere people of the Eastern part of Nigeria, with the help of Dr. Sir Foreigner and Engineer Bruno, who modified it to what we know and enjoy today in its contemporary form.
Some musicians who play this genre of Igbo music, include Dr Sir Foreigner, Chima Eke, Eligwe Nwaugorji, King Owigiri, Sony Bobo, King Saro wiwa, Johnny Uzo and ND Stanley Nnorom, just to mention a few.
We shall continue with part two of this interesting topic on the next post.
Author: Chinyere Doris Uzoukwu.