GASPRO International Journal of Eminent Scholars
COMMUNICATION FUNCTIONS OF TRADITIONAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS OF SELECT CULTURAL FESTIVALS IN IKOT EKPENE SENATORIAL DISTRICT: THE MUSICAL AND EXTRA-MUSICAL FUNCTIONS
The study sought to find out the musical and extra-musical functions of traditional musical instruments of select cultural festivals in Ikot Ekpene senatorial district. Two specific objective and two research questions were created to guide the study. The technique used for the study is the public opinion survey method. The population size is 21 respondents which covers the selected adults from the various traditional institutions covering the select seven clans of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District. The research instrument used for this study was personal interview. Reliability was achieved by testing the instrument on subjects who were not part of the sample of the study. The study was able to ascertain the musical and extra-musical functions of traditional musical instruments of select cultural festivals in ikot ekpene senatorial district. It was concluded from the study that traditional musical instruments are seen as the vehicle the common people employ for the delivery of their messages. One of the recommendations made in the study include that Local craftsmen, scientist and technologists should show enough creativity and inventiveness to develop better ways of utilizing traditional musical instruments that could be indigenous to Africa.
KEYWORDS: Traditional Musical Instrument, Cultural Festival.