Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Ogenes on Fire!


Thanx and a tip of the Hatlo Hat to Andy Healey, who alerted us to the existence of this incredible, mind-blowing sample of Igbo Roots music by Shidodo & ensemble from eastern Nigeria:



The amiri, or Igbo flute, gets things going here, soon joined by the ashakala, or calabash rattle. Especially notable is the masterly use of the ogene, the traditional Igbo double bell. I've never seen or heard ogenes used in ensemble in quite this manner - very interesting. The abia (drums) and opi (the conch-shell instrument that sounds like an ocarina) round things out beautifully.

With so many music videos out of Nigeria lately "underwhelming" (to say the least), it's a real pleasure to showcase one that really does justice to the true beauty and complexity of Igbo culture. More fascinating videos by Shidodo here, here, and here. And kudos to Codewit, who has diligently posted over a hundred videos like this on YouTube.

3 comments:

Comb & Razor said...

wow... this is so cool!

i'm surprised that a video like this even exists, really (i'm talking about the quality of it as much as about the content)

Anonymous said...

Hello everybody,

I am Nicolas Moncadas and maybe you heard of me on Voodfunk last post (Beware mp3).

Her my link on Youtube

http://www.youtube.com/MONCADAS

Best regards.

Nicolas

monck@club-internet.fr

Blog Teknologi said...

Ancient Videos :) but AMAZING!!