Journal of
Music and Dance

  • Abbreviation: J. Music Dance
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2360-8579
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMD
  • Start Year: 2011
  • Published Articles: 21

Article in Press

Music and dance as a unifying factor in national integration: An appraisal of Wale Ogunyemi’s “Langbodo”

Oluwatosin Tume

  •  Received: 19 June 2018
  •  Accepted: 19 June 2018
Many studies have established that music and dance performed multipurpose functions in Africa through the ages. This ranges from worship to recreation, entertainment, didactic and informative functions. However, little if any reflective perspective research has investigated the use of music and dance as a tool for national development or a part of the national strategy to solving problems relating to diplomatic issues. In this study, the music and dance contents in Wale Ogunyemi’s Langbodo; were analysed in relation to the diplomatic and political issues as they affect Nigeria as a nation. The study examines the socio-cultural relevance of music and dance as veritable tools in nation building by relating the Langbodo’s experience to the Nigerian situation. It is argued that the major music and dances performed represent the dominance of the major ethic groups in Nigeria which by extension undermines the political power of the minority groups. Our findings also reveal that music and dance in Langbodo go beyond the purview of entertainment. The thematic pre-occupations are part and parcel of the story as a whole as it defines and redefines the existence of any nation as a united entity. We conclude that if properly employed, music and dance could be an invaluable tool for national cohesion.

Keywords: National building, disunity, Langbodo, social development, identity, theatre production, music and dance.