Ovwuvwe Festival Songs: Context and Performance
Keywords:traditional songs, rituals, Abraka, Ovwuvwe festival songs
This article focuses on the context and performance of Ovwuvwe festival songs performed during the Ovwuvwe festival celebration among the Abraka people in Delta State, Nigeria. The songs, used at different stages of the festival, serve entertainment and ritualistic purposes. With its deep socio-cultural roots, the songs’ text gives the audience entertaining mental pictures that convey meanings simply and effectively. This article enumerates the various stages of the songs’ performance during the festival. It further examines the role of the songs in the festival culture. Oral interviews were the primary source for data collection. Secondary sources included publications and recordings. Unstructured research questions formed the basis for the study. A brief note on the Ovwuvwe festival and the Abraka people is provided, and the texts of some of the festival songs were transcribed and translated into English for analysis and discussion.
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