FORM, STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS OF ESA CHANT IN OYO YORUBA-SPEAKING AREA. A CASE STUDY OF FIDITI TOWN
This paper is on Form, structure and functions of Esa chant in Oyo Yoruba-speaking area. A case study of Fiditi town. Music has an important role in ones life and in any festival in Yoruba land, this is why this project will then be limited to the descriptions of form, structure and functions of Esa chant in Oyo Yoruba speaking area, Fiditi, which has been in existence from old time and is said to have originated from time in memorial. It is annually celebrated between June and July in remembrance of their forefathers.
The music rendered along with the chanting is purely traditional and it symbolized the culture of the Yorubas. Most of the songs teaches the moral aspect of life while some expresses their mind for their love ones.
While making this research, it was discovered that chanting are made for entertainment, coronation, naming ceremony, traditional wedding ceremony and as well energizes.
It was also made to the readers that the researcher was aimed at studying the origin of Esa chant and its performance techniques, bringing to light the different types of Esa chant in Fiditi town, studying the songs emanated from Esa chant for form, structure and analytical purpose, to document Esa chant and its song for future references and finally to make the detail information about the Esa chant more available for the public consumption.
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