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Title:Identity and memory in Omobyd row's ork performance in (Yoruba) kt dialect
Author:Dasylva, Ademola OmobewajiISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:African and Asian Studies
Volume:6
Issue:1
Pages:173-200
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:praise poetry
women artists
feminism
Yoruba
About person:Omobyd row
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/156921007X180631
Abstract:Ork is a form of panegyric poetry in the Yoruba communities of southwestern Nigeria. Its different subgenres and the specifics of its performance constitute its particular characteristics. This paper examines ork performances by Omobyd row', a Yoruba woman in her late seventies, whose performance is characterized by an awareness of 'womanism', an African version of feminism which celebrates black roots and black womanhood. The paper explores how she articulates the ethnographic-cum-psychosocial knowledge of her environment, and subsequently exploits this to advantage. It examines the uniqueness of row's creativeness and imaginativeness in her performance as she articulates a distinctly female perspective, including a critique of patriarchal attitudes in a predominantly male-dominated society. Whereas a performer usually recites, sings or chants a form of ork, row's ork performance in kt dialect embraces all varieties of ork subtypes, giving her performance a more elaborate quality. The argument is illustrated by text fragments in the original language with an English translation. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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