“Egwu a yara ozo” by Orba Ikorodo Ensemble
Ikorodo, Music, Dance, Nigeria, Igbo, Hocket
Ikorodo is a traditional music ensemble accompanied by a maiden dance, popular among the Nsukka people of Enugu State, Nigeria. It is performed with a set of four horns (Isi opi, Akpoke, Akpanwunye, Mgbe) employing hocket technique and four percussive instruments (okpokolo – wooden slit drum, osha – rattles, alo – metal gong, igba – membrane drum). The instrumentalists are old men while the dancers are young maidens. This performance was recorded at an Igbo traditional wedding ceremony in Obukpa, Nsukka, on January 5, 2019. The singers are chanting the phrase “Egwu a yara ozo”, which means “The music has changed” in the Nsukka dialect of the Igbo language.
Nwankwo, Jude; Carter-Enyi, Aaron; and Attama, Augustine, "“Egwu a yara ozo” by Orba Ikorodo Ensemble" (2019). ADEPt: University of Nigeria Nsukka. 1.