AESTHETICS OF URHOBO GOSPEL SONG: A CASE STUDY OF THE JERRY EKPEKURO AND GODWIN OGHENEBROEHIE
The research provides a descriptive analysis of the aesthetic of urhobo gospel song. It traces the history and development of urhobo gospel song and elucidates the combination of many factors and element of cultural influence and divine inspiration that project urhobo gospel song. The research gives an analytical study of jerry ekpekuro and Godwin oghenebrorhie work toward the contribution of the aesthetic of urhobo gospel songs.
The history of gospel music in urhoboland is broadly divided into two parts. These parts cover the area of Adam igbudu and the post- Adamic period. The development of urhobo gospel music can be traced to the protestant church especially the Anglican Church the origin of gospel music in urhobo land is not specifically known. Scholars of urhobo studies are not certain as to how and when it began, urhobo gospel music began in a combination of many factors. It was unconsciously fabricated with some element of cultural influence and divine inspiration.
The coming of the missionaries is a prelude to the development of indigenous music in urhobo land. The first attempt to Christianize the urhobo took place in 1470 by the missionaries. These efforts failed because of inadequate finance manpower and the unfavorable climate. Towards the middle of the 19th century, Christianity came to urhoboland from three front Sapele, urhuovie and Warri. The church missionary society first appeared in urhobo land in 1854 at Okwagbe 1864 in Warri and 1892 in sapele and urhuovie (ajayi 1981; evivwo 1973). The Christianity came into urhoboland swathed in western garment. They came through the agencies of the missionaries, traders and British government. They came with the bible, hymn and liturgical book of different types. For the first decade of Christianity in urhoboland, western hymns set in the metric system where used; ancient and modern for protestant and the Westminster hymn for catholic. These hymns remained in vogue from 1920 to 1930. They remained till such a time when some urhobo Christian felt bored and uncompressed. They wanted to sing and dance in their native language for the gospel to be effectively spread among the people.