Musicologist, Michael Bakare talks About the Uniqueness Of His Music Composition

The Nigerian Musical elements are quite glaring in my music because i always want my music to be conceptualized in that way, as music written by a Modern Nigerian composer. I deliberately make painstaking efforts to infuse a lot of the African church known as the “Aladura church” musical element into my music. Some of the elements are the rhythmic pattern, tonal organization, parallel harmony, formal structures, instrumental resource, indigenous language, existing church airs, as exemplified in this work Ayo Keresi. Thereby combining European pitch collections, with indigenous tonal schemes such as diatonic, pentatonic, hexatonic, octatonic scales, atonality, as well as the 12-tone row method. Structurally, the form of my music ranges from simple binary, ternary, rondo, theme and variations, sonata form, aria, strophic, through composed, canonic imitation, contrapuntal forms to other freestyles.

ABOUT Micheal Bakare

Micheal Bakare studied music at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, ijanikin, where he obtained his N.C.E in Music Education, Bachelor of Arts (B.A Hons) in Music at Lagos State University, Ojo, Master of Arts(M.A) in Music Education at University of Lagos, Akoka, Bachelor of Theology (B.th) at Christ Apostolic Church Theological Seminary, Lagos, and his currently a PhD candidate at Lagos State University. A gifted church musician, multifaceted instrumentalist, composer, arranger, songwriter, music producer, creative entrepreneur and minister of the gospel. He is the Founder/ Executive Director of RAMBMUSICAFRICA and HAVILLAND CHORALE, created to instil the technical know-how of music to the world. Other publications by the author include ‘Hymagination’ a book and audio CD, Your Voice of Singing, A True Choir, the Making of a Music Minister and his latest publication, Infinitus Gratia. His primary areas of research include; Creative Musicology, Music for Early Childhood, Music Technology, Choral Music and the Economic History of Music Education in Nigeria.

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