Adunni Nefertiti wants musicians to employ folklore music to promote African culture


Adunni Nefertiti, a folklore musical group, has advised indigenous musicians to always infuse folklore into their compositions to salvage the African culture from extinction.

Ayo Orobiyi, the head of the musical group, gave the advice while reviewing the achievements of the group in the last 13 years of its existence.

Orobiyi  said this should entail songs that would embrace African myth, history, culture, tradition, proverbs and idiomatic expressions peculiar with the various ethnic groups from the continent.

“We want Nigerian musicians who had not been infusing folklore in their music to start doing this because it is the best thing we can do to ourselves to salvage our culture from extinction.

“The musical group has used their depth of knowledge of a variety of local languages across Africa to promote womanhood, African culture and music, in satirical manner, communicates morals,” she said.

Orobiyi said this genre of music would help to educate listeners more on nation’s culture and morals.

She also said that the last 13 years of the group’s being together had been fruitful and fulfilling so far.

Orobiyi also expressed appreciation to the group’s fans for joining them in promoting the nation’s culture through folklore music within the western world.

She said that their fans’ belief in the group had made their choice of music which was initially repelled by Nigerians to become a household name and currently embraced by all.

“As we celebrate our 13th year anniversary as folklore musicians, we want to appreciate our fans, families, friends and the media.

“We have developed stronger bond over the years and we give thanks to God for uniting us, this can only be God at work,” she said.

Adunni Nefertiti is a multi-talented and an award-winning-all-female-singing group founded in 2006 by Orobiyi Motunrayo, a.k.a. Adunni .

The group which started with six members then now has five musicians and three drummers.

The name “Adunni Nefertiti” was coined from the founder’s stage name “Adunni” and “Nefertiti” was from Queen Neferneferuaten Nefertiti of Egypt who was associated with women who portrayed the African culture.

She said that the group had performed in World Food Prize shows and some other events of repute.

Orobiyi said that the group had released only one album titled “Ayeraye” since 2006 because it had been overwhelmed with numerous musical tours around the world.