One indigenous social music type which needs exploitation for contemporary appeal is Apala (Olusoji, 2010:40).
Apala is a Yoruba popular music whose origin could be traced to many sources cutting across such disciplines as
music, linguistics, history, religion, and so on. Some scholars such as Mustapha in A Literary Appraisal of Sakara:
A Yoruba Traditional Form of Music and S. O. Olusoji in Nigerian Dances for Piano, suggest that Apala evolved
from indigenous music of the Yoruba and can be regarded as folk songs which later metamorphosed into social
music (Olusoji, 2010:40).
Akin Euba in Islamic Musical Culture among the Yoruba: A Preliminary Survey opined that Apala began during
the fasting season, young Muslims got together to perform music to awaken people for the early morning meal
(Saari). But an informant said Apala has no particular date of origin, and that it has been in existence and was
called “ere f’owo b’eti” (cover your ears). He also added that Apala has been in existence before the likes of
Muraina, Alao and even Ligali Mukaiba, but it was popularised by Haruna Ishola and Ayinla Omowura.
One tradition indicates that Ede is the birthplace of Apala. That a man called Balogun and his son Tijani, were
Apala singers, as early as 1938. Another suggested that Apala music had long started before 1938. Ajadi Ilorin for
instance, was remembered to have played Apala music as early as 1930 (Ajetunmobi et al, 2009:38).
Whatever position is true, what is certain is that Apala evolved among different Yoruba sub-groups that drew their
inspirations from popular Yoruba musical forms at different times. An informant also affirmed that Apala music
originated from different Yoruba sub-groups. This explains why there are more than three different styles or forms
of Apala music, as dictated by the frequency of sound production and combination of instruments used at different
times. Each individual developed his own Apala version among the people of his community, getting inspiration
from other Yoruba music, local experiences and creative ingenuity. Among such styles of Apala are:
[i] Apala San-an – (cool beat) Haruna Ishola,
[ii] Apala Songa – (hot beat) Ayinla Omowura,
[iii] Apala Wiro – (in between Apala san-an and Songa),
[iv] Apala Igunnu – (mixture of beat) Musiliu Haruna Ishola,
[v] Apala Olalomi – (mixture of beat) Ayinla Omowura (Ajetunmobi et al, 2009:39).
Whichever the form, Apala music is noted for its highly proverbial folklore blended with percussive instruments
of which drums play a leading role. Apala ensemble consists of Agidigbo (a thumb piano having four or five keys
and a rectangular box resonator), Sekere (a gourd rattle) and Akuba. While an informant (Interview: Mama
Obatala (70), 30, Balogun Parapo, Itoko, Abeokuta, April 26, 2010.) said Apala has only three instruments –
Sekere, Akuba and Gangan.fig 1,2,3
Many artistes have distinguished themselves in the performance and practice of Apala music. Some of the major
exponents who nurtured Apala from obscurity to prominence include: Ligali Mukaiba, Haruna Ishola, Ayinla
Omowura, Adisa Aniyameta, Raimi Dogo, Lasisi Layemi, Aminu Olaribigbe, Lasisi Onipede and Kasunmu Alao.
Traditional Music in Nigeria: Example of Ayinla Omowura’s Music
Sekinat Adebusola Lasisi (Mrs.)
Department of History and Diplomatic Studies, Olabisi Onabanjo University.
Credit: Bimbo Esho
Poison scare: God will Expose Wicked People Around Me- Davido
Multiple award-winning Nigerian singer, Davido, has taken to his verified Twitter account with over nine million followers to state that God will expose any “wickedness” around him.
In his tweet, the iconic singer wrote, “God will expose and deal with any wickedness around me; near or far, Amen. I’m blessed.”
His tweet comes shortly after a video snippet surfaced online where a cleric claimed that he had a revelation the pop star would be poisoned by someone living under his roof.
“I told you about one singer, Davido. They will poison him; I don’t know him and I have never seen him in my life. They will put something in his drink; he will be rushed to the hospital, will be admitted, and unconscious. The person that will poison him is sleeping in his house,” the cleric said.
More so, the singer’s former personal assistant, Aloma, in a recent interview, revealed that in 2017, he was offered N100m by someone in the music industry to implicate Davido in the death of his friend, Tagbo.
Aloma said, “When we were at the Police station, Lion Building, they took me to a room and said that I am a ‘fall man’. Beware of this music industry, everyone is trying their best to pull David down.
“They told me to write a statement which will state that David killed Tagbo. They gave me a cheque of N100m just for me to write that David killed Tagbo.”
Actor, Donyayo Dumps Etisalat Lucrative Job, Plans Double Movie Release
Adeyemo Adeyemi aka DONYAYO, a Nollywood Actor, was born in 1981 Oct 31st into a family of 5..four boys and a girl.
Yayo Who is from the Brown roof city of Ibadan, the political capital of the Yorubaland,attended Ikolaba Grammar School and passed through The Poly Ibadan and Later graduated from the University Of Ilorin.
Well traveled, Adeyemi has visited a lot of countries in Africa and outside Africa of the continent. Donyayo, started his art career in 2004 and produced his first Movie in 2005. He has since then produced many other movies.
Among them ALE EREBE ,OMO KAMPUS, OPA ORO, BACHELOR’S EVE, SCHOOL LIFE with his latests awaiting release :DONYAYO and DRAMA which features saidi balogun, shola kosoko, rotimi salami, bukola awoyemi, bose akinola, ayoola Benedict and tunde odejimi. The movies are directed by BEN O BEN..
A dedicated and focused worker, Yayo once worked with Etisalat, now 9mobile. in his quest and passion for entertainment he dropped his white collar Job with the telecommunications outlet, for car selling business.
LAGOS CLUB CUP SEASON 3 ENTERTAINERS, HOSPITALITY OWNERS PLAY FOR PEACE IN LAGOS.
Entertainment Celebrities and Hospitality Business Owners are set to kick off the 3rd Edition of the annual Lagos Club Cup (LCC), which will hold between Sunday 13th & Monday 14th of June 2021.
The football competition, which is in its third year, is aimed at promoting social interaction through grassroot football in the country.
This year’s edition tagged #FootballForPeace, will see Entertainers and hospitality companies ranging from different night clubs, lounges & Bars in Lagos gather at the Landmark Beach Football Arena in Victoria Island for a novelty match against Entertainment Celebrities in both male and female categories.
Speaking ahead of the event, Project Manager and Lead Consultant at 5Stars Football Consultancy, Olumide Aturu explained that this year’s edition is aimed at lending voices towards peace advocacy for the country amid the violence, insecurity and social injustice.
According to Aturu, “Considering the whole unrest and other vices in the country, this year’s edition is tagged #FootballForPeace, because we intend to create awareness about the role of Nigerian Youths in becoming lead advocates for Peace and not Violence in the country”.
Notable Stars including Ex-BBNaija & Supersport Analysts, Ozo, Neo, Jimmy, YoungJohn, Naira Marley, WofaiFada, Beverly Osu, Pearl Hart and popular Instagram and YouTube comedians like Josh2Funny, BelloKreb, Amadi Man will feature in the match, which will have English FA Cup Winner, John Fashanu & Ace footballer Odion Ighalo in attendance.
Beer barn won the inaugural edition of the Lagos Club Cup in 2019 after beating Quilox in the finals, before they were dethroned by current holders, Czars lounge who won the last edition.
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