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A Conceptual Approach to the Study of Song and Music in Benin Society

Author(s): M. Ighile

Journal: Venets : The Belogradchik Journal for Local History, Cultural Heritage and Folk Studies
ISSN 1314-0426

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 93;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Concept | Song | Music | Benin

This study attempts to provide a theoretical framework for the appreciation of music among the Benin, a strategic ethnic group in Nigeria. It investigates how concepts such as folk and popular song, music, noise, speech and sound find their relevant expression and place in the socio-cultural, economic, moral and even psychological setting of the Benin world. Finally, it is discovered that a conceptual approach is crucial, not only to the situation of the Benin oral literary values within a Western ideological context, but also in the facilitation of an objective evaluation of critical aspects of the life of people.
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