Documenting distinctive features of 'Keku' dance ensemble of the Jukun nation of the sub-Saharan Africa

Omotolani Ebenezer Ekpo, Christian U. Onyeji, Lincoln Geraghty
2020 Cogent Arts & Humanities  
This study seeks to provide evidences on the distinctive creative elements of the Jukun "keku" dance music among other indigenous music of the sub-Saharan African cultures. An examination of its creative milieu and the musicians in the context of composition, performance and cultural implications were carried out through an ethnographic procedure. To achieve this, the study adopted a qualitative study design, using the Wukari Jukun community as its research area. The sample study purposively
more » ... tudy purposively selected 25 persons who are the custodians and audience of the "Keku" dance. Through the structural analysis of the data, the findings show a significant distinction in the creative manipulation of the melodic and rhythmic motives of the music compared to similar traditional genre from the region. The implication of these findings, therefore, is a need for continuity, sustainability and wider visibility of the indigenous music.
doi:10.1080/23311983.2020.1809803 fatcat:ofmailwrvzfqxpjjsko3hzmzay