African Journal of
History and Culture

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Hist. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6672
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJHC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 185

Article in Press

Energizing Communities through Popular Music for Sub Cultural Group Identity: Inferences from Selected Musical Tracks of Chief Ebenezer Obey

ADEKOGBE, Olatunbosun Samuel

  •  Received: 07 June 2018
  •  Accepted: 07 June 2018
Popular music in Nigeria is intended for the purpose of entertainment, counselling and reformation. Over the years now, this purpose has changed to other functional variables. In particular, popular music in Nigeria is now used as a tool for cultural identification and behavioural values. This paper evaluates selected songs of Chief Ebenezer Obey and reflects on the power of music to energize the emotional instincts of selected group of people in the South-western Nigeria. Primary collection of data was done through oral interview of selected people and secondary data was done through the process of reasoning from a premise to a conclusion using a descriptive method and showing the musical notation of each song. The result reveals that popular musicians have adopted a strategy of praise singing that traces the origin and cultural behaviour of people; this is used to raise an emotional feeling which consequently affects their sense of belonging to a particular cultural affiliates. The paper therefore concludes that as a result of this development, group identity through popular music has become a strong tool in energizing communities especially, in south-western Nigeria.