Ribbon-Cutting by Orba Ikorodo Ensemble

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Ikorodo, Music, Dance, Nigeria, Igbo, Hocket

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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. This recording shows the bride and her family accepting the groom and his family’s offer of marriage and bride-price and welcoming the groom and his kinsmen into the venue for the marriage. The family of the groom is from western Nigeria and is Yoruba. The family of the bride is from eastern Nigeria and is Igbo. At the end, the Ikorodo group dances briefly to finish this section of the ceremony.


Ikorodo Orba is located in Orba, Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State, Nigeria. The Chairman of the group is Augustine Attama (+2348064645093)


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