Knowledge Of The Lives And Music Of Artists - Part 3


African music is a rich tapestry of diverse sounds, rhythms, and traditions that reflect the continent's vibrant cultural heritage. One important aspect of understanding African music is delving into the lives and works of key African art musicians who have significantly contributed to the development of music in Africa.

As we explore the lives and music of prominent Nigerian musicians such as W. W. C. Echezona, Laz Ekwueme, and Sam Akpabot, it is essential to recognize the valuable insights their biographies provide into the cultural contexts that shaped their musical expressions. These musicians not only created beautiful melodies but also served as cultural ambassadors, blending traditional African sounds with contemporary influences to produce captivating music.

When studying the music of African art musicians like Joshua Uzoigwe, Mosun Omibiyi-Obidike, and Tunji Vidal, we gain a deeper appreciation for the diversity of musical genres present on the continent. From Highlife to Afro-Beat, from Fuji to Juju, African musicians have explored a wide range of styles and forms, each reflecting the unique cultural experiences of different regions and communities.

Furthermore, delving into the characteristics of African music, including the use of aerophones, chordophones, idiophones, and membranophones, allows us to understand the intricate textures and timbres that define traditional African musical compositions. These instruments, with their rich tones and evocative melodies, play a vital role in shaping the sonic landscape of African music.

One cannot overlook the profound impact of African musicians outside Nigeria, such as Joseph S. Maison, N. Z. Nayo, and J. H. Kwabena Nketia, whose contributions to the music scene have been invaluable. Their innovative approaches to music composition and performance have left a lasting legacy on the African music industry, inspiring future generations of musicians to push boundaries and experiment with new sounds.

In conclusion, by exploring the lives, music, and contributions of African art musicians, we gain a deeper insight into the rich cultural tapestry of Africa. Their stories serve as testaments to the power of music as a medium of cultural expression, social commentary, and unity, transcending boundaries and bringing people together through the universal language of melody and rhythm.


  1. Examine Their Type of Music
  2. Relate the Musicians to the Music They Perform
  3. Trace Their Biographies
  4. Assess Their Contributions to the Development of Music

Lesson Note

In this segment, we delve deeper into understanding the lives and musical journeys of various artists. By examining the type of music they produce, relating their styles to their personal and professional backgrounds, tracing their biographies, and assessing their contributions to the development of music, we gain a comprehensive view of their influence on the music industry.

Lesson Evaluation

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  1. What is W. W. C. Echezona known for in the African music scene? A. Highlife music B. Reggae music C. Afro-Beat music D. Fuji music Answer: A. Highlife music
  2. Which of the following African musicians is associated with the genre of Makosa? A. Yemi Olaniyan B. W. W. C. Echezona C. Ayo Bankole D. Sam Ojukwu Answer: D. Sam Ojukwu
  3. Who among the listed musicians is renowned for their contributions to the development of Highlife music? A. Adams Fiberesima B. Meki Nzewi C. Ikoli Harcourt Whyte D. N. Z. Nayo Answer: C. Ikoli Harcourt Whyte
  4. In which category of musical instruments would you place chordophones? A. Aerophones B. Idiophones C. Chordophones D. Membranophones Answer: C. Chordophones
  5. Which African Art Musician is known for their expertise in playing the Aerophone instruments? A. Joshua Uzoigwe B. Ephraim Amu C. Dan Agu D. Akin Euba Answer: A. Joshua Uzoigwe
  6. Who is credited with pioneering the development of Juju music? A. Godwin Sadoh B. Chris Onyeji C. A.K. Achinivu D. Dayo Dedeke Answer: B. Chris Onyeji
  7. Which African musician is associated with the music genre called Ekassa? A. Joseph S. Maison B. Felix Nwuba C. A.A. Mensah D. Tunji Vidal Answer: B. Felix Nwuba
  8. Among the listed artists, who is known for their contributions to the genre of Hiplife music? A. Bode Omojola B. Philip Gbeho C. Adams Fiberesima D. Joseph S. Maison Answer: A. Bode Omojola
  9. Which African Art Musician is renowned for their expertise in playing Membranophones instruments? A. C.W.K. Mereku B. Dan Agu C. Mosun Omibiyi-Obidike D. Laz Ekwueme Answer: D. Laz Ekwueme

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