“Ije nwayo” by Agbani-Nguru 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 the home of chairman of the group in Agbani-Nguru, Nsukka, on January 12, 2019. This is the beginning of performance where the group processes to the outdoor performance area. One of the dancers is chanting the phrase “Ije nwayo”, which means “Walk gently” in the Nsukka dialect of the Igbo language.
Nwankwo, Jude and Carter-Enyi, Aaron, "“Ije nwayo” by Agbani-Nguru Ikorodo Ensemble" (2019). ADEPt: University of Nigeria Nsukka. 2.