YORUBA (African) DRUMMING AND
Interested musicians, especially percussionists (professionals and
beginners) are invited to participate in our Yoruba Drumming and Drum-making
workshops scheduled to run through three
- i. Festival season: May to June
- ii. Festival season: July to August
- iii. Harmattan season: November
Participants are free to choose the
season(s) that is most suitable. Each Participant shall be afforded the opportunity of observing
and possibly participating in the festival events during the Festival seasons while the participants in
the Harmattan season shall enjoy the unique
Harmattan weather: sunny, dry with mild and cool trade wind blowing from the northwest of
Africa. It is a pleasant season.
During this year’s programme, emphasis shall be placed
on the general Yoruba basic rhythms for all traditional
Yoruba ensemble pieces. Also, another important element in Yoruba music which is the
Drum Poetry shall be introduced with the hope that the students will be
equipped with enough repertoire pieces during performances. The two most important Yoruba Music
Traditions, i.e. Bata and Dundun shall be taught (Student to select one).
The Drum-making workshop is optional and it is a separate programme but students are advised
to register for it too as it is equally important to know how to repair or make
ones own instrument. Students can hire or buy the musical Instruments needed at the venue of the
The total cost of a set of Dundun (consisting of 4 different
membrane drums) is $500 (or Euro 450). It is not mandatory to buy the whole set,
but it is advisable that the two most important of the instruments, i.e.
Iyaalu which is the main Talking-Drum and
Gudugudu, the most important accompanying rhythm instrument are bought. For students taking
Bata drumming course, it is absolutely necessary to own a whole set of
Bata (also consisting of four drums). The cost of
the set is $500 ( or Euro 450).
Every student is expected to be medically fit and to have valid yellow
fever, cholera and anti-malaria vaccinations. Travel insurance is also recommended but not mandatory.
An Artist-House located next to the venue of the workshop is a simple but decent house
reserved for our visiting artist(e)s. Apart from normal conveniences, it has a kitchen with
utensils for individual participants who may want to make tea or coffee. A house-keeper is readily
available to the participants for assistance.
Participants are free to make their own meals
or when requested, a special arrangement could be made with the house-keeper, who is also the Centre’s chef.
OBATALA CENTRE FOR CREATIVE ARTS
Obatala Centre for Creative Arts is situated in
IRAGBIJI, a Yoruba town of 250,000 people in
the South-Western part of Nigeria. It is a neighbouring town to
OSOGBO, the capital city of Osun State. Her unique geographical position gives this ancient town a
conducive environment for all artistic and cultural endeavours. Surrounded by hills and mountains, the town is widely known for two of her annual Traditional Religious Festivals:
FESTIVAL; An eventful 7-day festival of traditional music and dance of masquerades representing the spirits of the dead. It is the period of interaction between the living and the dead. Many colourful masqueraders parade the streets and offer prayers for the living. It is celebrated in early May.
FESTIVAL: This festival which is celebrated in July is closely associated with the cult of
Osun, the goddess of fertility. New yams are harvested during this period.
For more on the town of Iragbiji, click
Ia. Dundun Drumming and Drum Poetry Recitation with free accommodation and free transportation from Lagos airport to the venue of the workshop Minimum period of stay: 4 Weeks
Ib. Bata Drumming and Poetry Recitation with free accommodation and free transportation to and from Lagos airport to the venue of the workshop.
Minimum period of stay: 4 Week
Fee: $1000 or Euro 900 (payable on arrival)
Note: An additional fee of $500
(or Euro 450) is charged for the Dundun and Bata drum-making
workshop. A minimum of two weeks is needed for this course.
Bell Ensemble Performance Course (Optional)
Note: This course can be taken alongside Dundun or Bata drumming for a token fee of
$200 (or Euro 190).
Yoruba Ritual and Ceremonial Dance Workshop is also being organized for
the same seasons. For further enquiries please contact Chief Muraina Oyelami.
OUR NEW PROJECT
Our newest project is the establishment of the ABENI-OKIN INSTITUTE OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS (ABIVPA)
to provide a platform for the growth and further research on arts
and culture. ABIVPA is poised to champion arts education and research to all cadres of people of different backgrounds and educational status ranging from the uneducated/illiterate to someone on doctoral and post-doctoral research relating to arts and culture.
To learn more about the ABIVPA
also, to view photos of
the construction of the institute, click here
SPECIAL OUTREACH PROGRAMME
OBATALA CENTER FOR CREATIVE ARTS
(OCCA) is a cultural as well as a resource center with the aim of assisting and encouraging all serious minded artists, musicians, dancers, Yoruba language students, research fellows and those who are either Orisa Devotees/Initiates and non-initiates who may want to make spiritual journey to
YORUBA-LAND. The Centre also runs classes in Traditional and Contemporary Textile Designs and Graphics. Facilities include housing and working space for participants. Participation in live
performance shrine worship and rituals are encouraged. E KA A BO
If you are interested in our programmes please
contact us for further details.