Music as EDAE: Implications for Music Therapy Nigeria

  • Charles Onomudo Aluede AMBROSE ALLI UNIVERSITY


The use of music under social, political, apolitical, moral, amoral and religious circumstances in Africa is evidenced not just by the quality and quantity of the work done in this area of scholarship but, by the corpus of traditional songs whose texts, when critically examined lead us to important conclusions in forming opinions of their utility. This work examines the use of music in the restoration of good health. In the course of investigation, field work which involves participant observation, library search for relevant literature, interviews and chance talks were employed in eliciting germane information. Interestingly, this paper observes that there is a disconnect between the old use of music in Nigerian societies and its present use. It remarks that this disconnect is possibly the cause for illnesses often experienced in contemporary Nigerian societies. It was  suggested that if music were to uplift and heal man, then it should be culturally relevant,  performed communally, the  repertoire carefully selected to suit the target group and above all,  have a determined duration of performance within a cultural context.


KEY WORDS: Prophylactic treatment, Allopathic therapy, ill-health and well-being.

Author Biography


Charles O. Aluede until recently was the  Head of the Department of Theatre and Media Arts at the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria where he also directs Ambrose Folorusho Memorial Ensemble  and the Centre for Studies in Esan Music.  He is a member of some academic and professional bodies such as Association of Nigerian Musicologists, International Council for Traditional Music, Australia; and the International Trombone Association, USA.


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eISSN: 1998-1279