Ayanlere Alajede, an ex-drummer with Ebenezer Obey on Thursday urged the Federal Government to take seriously the preservation of Nigerian indigenous musical instruments to guide against their going into extinction.
Alajede told in Lagos that such musical instruments had unique features which make tthem better than those being imported from foreign countries.
He gave thethe exam of the famous ‘gangan’ which could be manipulated to give diverse sound effects to music.
Alajede said that musical instruments such as: ‘Ngelenge’, ‘Uboh’ from the Eastern part of the country, ‘Gudugudu’, ‘Aje’ and lots more should be preserved as some of the few instruments recognised.
He suggested the creation of musical instruments festival to better project them for global acceptance which should be celebrated annually.
”We need government to pay attention to the preservation of our indigeneous musical instruments so that we don’t lose any of them.
”Government can create a festival celebrating and projecting these indigenous instruments, this will create some level of awareness globally on the existence of the instruments.
”The possibility for the instruments to be adopted will be increased.
”The western world appreciates the few ones they had come in contact with such as the ‘Shekere’, -Gangan’ and many more,” he said.
The drummer also urged the Federal Governmen to create libraries where the musical instruments could be kept and engage experts in the local production of these instruments in large quantity.
He said that local producers should also be encouraged to train others so that the knowledge would not be restricted to just a particular generation.
”We have lots of creative individuals who have come up with some of these instruments, their labour must not be a waste.
‘Musical instruments like ‘Agidigbo’, ‘Ekwu’, ‘Sakara’, ‘Udu’, ‘Djembe’, ‘Xalam’, ‘Ogene’, ‘Kontigi’, ‘Kakaki’ and many others should be preserved,” he said.
Reports that the Ogun Government for some years had been celebrating the Drum Festival meant to promote the various drums indigeneous to Africa and their dance steps