The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo has called on the Egbas to sustain and retain their leadership position in music alongside other first positions in many other human endeavours.
The Alake, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, made the call at the 97th birthday of the lead- drummer of the late Ayinla Omowura, Papa AbdulRahman Adewole in Abeokuta last weekend.
Speaking through the Aare Baaroyin of Egbaland, Chief Layi Labode, the Alake recalled that an Egba son, the Grandfather of Fela Ransome-Kuti, was the first to wax albums of Christian music in Yoruba language.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo further disclosed that the economy of Egbaland could further appreciated if Egba musicians follow the examples of Musical Cities of the world such as Austin and Dallas in Texas, in the USA, where according to the Egba Apex Monarch, music contributed a chunk of returns to their economy through Musical Tourism.
The Alake commended the organizers of the 97 year old veteran drummer whose back up to the success of Ayinla Omowura as one the greatest and iconic composer, philosopher, social reformer and singer, in Africa.
Oba Gbadebo also paid tributes to the memories of other Egba Music legends for putting the Egba Nation on the world map of music.
They included the Fela Ransome- Kutis Clan of three generations, Yusuf Olatunji, S. Aka, Onindo, Adeolu Akinsanya and the Ijaye Maestro, Olowonyo.
The Alake also commended the academics, who have been working on Egba music and musicians, not to rest on their oars by letting the world know and appreciate Egba contributions to music and entertainment.
The Head of Department of Mass Communication, Crescent University,
Dr Kola Adeshina speaking on the essence of Talking Drum, said talking drum was a veritable means of communication in Yorubaland.
Dr Kola Adeshina recalled that Fela Ransome-Kuti once said that, Yoruba race could use talking drum for many things like football, hunters’ drumming.
He said that drumming always preceded and ushered in many occasions and dictated the course and pace of such events.
In his own contribution, a former Vice Chancellor, Professor Adegoke, remarked that Ayinla OmoWura was blessed with many talents, adding that he started to listen to Ayinla Omowura from 1970s.
He argued that Ayinla’s records were eduring because of its various themes on such as sports, education, traditional religions, pyragenics, etc.
M. Mustafa Abanishe from Cotonu, Benin Republic said he came to Abeokuta when he heard that a group of people wanted to honour the Drummer of Ayinla Omowura’s colleague.
M. Mustafa Abanishe said he was well travelled and was listening to Omowura’s music well backed and enrished by Adewole Oniluola in Russia, UK, and West Africa
The professor said two identifiable relationships existed between Alhaji Adewole Oniluola and Ayinla Omowura. They were personal and professional.
He disclosed that Ayinla had a lot respect for Adewole and blended to a very largo improver
The former VC, Prof Oyetola Oniwinde referred to some drumming effects to add value to Alhaji Abdul Rhaman Adewole Oniluola.
Prof Oyetola Oniwide also made many references to various occasions.
Speaking on economic aspects of Ayinla Omowura and Adewole Oniluola, a former Ogun State Commissioner for Finance, Mr Kehinde Sogunle of Egba Economic Summit, argued that, the economy of Egbaland could vastly improved, if musical talents and works of Egbaland were well coordinated
He pointed out that the best graduating student in economics at the OAU, was using Ayinla Omowura music just as classical music was being used in Europe and Americas to induce knowledge.
Sogunle disclosed that the Egba Economic Summit would soon organize Musical Summit to advance economic potentials of Egba music like American Los Angeles and Philadelphia.
A society, Ayinla Omowura Musical Lovers Club International, organized the 97 birthday anniversary for the veteran drummer of Ayinla Omowura to appreciate his immense support for Omowura’s musical wizardry, st the Lisabi Elites Club House, Idiaba, Abeokuta.