TRADITIONAL DRUMS AND DANCES IN ÈGBÒRÒLAND

1. Ìgàǹgá (or Bata):

Iganga or Bata is the main drum of the Royal family. It is beaten only by Princes. It is only OgbonIloro that is in charge of Iganga. Iganga i.e Ilu Oba, is made up of Gangan, Iya Ilu and Gbedegbede (the real Iganga, though smaller than Iya-Ilu). For anyone to use it as members of the Royal Family or those that may be instructed to use it by the Kabiyesi, there must be some sort of ritual that must be performed. The three families that are connected with Iganga are Ogbaruku, Arejiogbe and Famuyiwa all at Iloro. The drum is always in their custody.

2: Ugbin Drum

This is the traditional drum in Obalorisa’s compound foundly beaten during the new yam festival. It consists of Iwere Ago, a form of bell that accompaniestheUgbin.Sekere set is part of the set.

3: Agogo

Agogo (gong) music is a set of different types of Agogo Music having different tones and people dance to the eventual music out of the combination and arrangement. In Egboroland, it is connected with rituals. The set of Agogo for the making of the music would need to be recreated as no trace of them can be made again. The set is similar to the popular Agogo music of Ile-Ife.

4: Ọ̀gẹ̀rẹ̀

Ọ̀gẹ̀rẹ̀ is the drum of the hunters and Nímọ̀Ogun’s Palace is in custody of the drums. The set of drums consist of three members: Aféré, ÌyáÌlù and Abìjà. The gere does not leave thir enclave and returned just like that, eventhough the hunters can perform on invitation. Before the Ọ̀gẹ̀rẹ̀can be returned, there must be a ritual that must be performed. This they have been doing for generation to generation. Ogere can be enagaged to entertain at any function not necessarily for hunters families alone but also to any member of the general public, as long as all conditions for their performance are met.

5: Lukorigi

Lúkòrígíis a ritual dance and drumming peculiar to women only. The dance and ritual as are performed and where such is done, are very similar. The Lúkòrígí ritual dance is still active at Iwoye-Ijesa in connection with the Olokun Festival. However, as important as this dance is to traditional worships and festivals, Lúkòrígí dance are features during OrisaLumoko, Orisa Osun Uragbiji, Ariyan, Owari, and others. These are discussed in Chapter twelve.

6: Ìbẹ̀ẹ̀mbẹ́:

Ìbẹ̀ẹ̀mbẹ́is the social drum of the community. The set consist of Iya Ilu (Ìbẹ̀ẹ̀mbẹ́), Emele (Atele) and Gbangbala and a horse tail which is often handed to whoever is the one dancing and people would then appreciate them. The group can be invited to any occasion by anyone. 

The group is currently made up of seven members that make up the group is led by Mr. Semire Aluko and others are MuideenIyaniwura, Simeon Agbefidudusola, Julius Ogunmodede, OlakanmiAnumoOladunjoye and Kehinde Arowosegbe.

7:Ikoko:

Ìkòkò is a popular traditional drum used for entertainment in Egboroland. It is popular as a social entertaining group which is used in all social events. It is the ‘king’ of all drums used for enter-taining the people. It is a unique blend of different members of the set which is four in number. Ìkòkò is meant mainly for entertaining people having any form of social events such as wedding, house warming, naming etc. They even take bookings from as far as Lagos.

The Àkúnmúdan family was the one who used to control the Ìkòkò entertainment drums. After the demise of Àkúnmúdan, Pa Ògúndìpẹ̀ Olúsesí (at ÌdíÀrágbáOdò-Ẹsẹ̀) continued with the entertainment in the community. After he passed on and for a number of years the team was notavailable, the present group then came together within the Àkúnmúdan family to recreate the Ìkòkò group again.

The group is currently led by OlorundaAleelo; Pa. Ajayi Agboola; Isola Ogundairo (Manager); Sunday Sanusi; Dada Olorunnisola and AgboolaMuyiwa. The four pieces that make up the whole drum set include Iya-Ilu, Emele, Ọpọ́n and Kóńkóló. At the time ofconcluding this research, Konkolo was faulty and is not on the picture.