Anagbado, Eze in art wedding – Guardian Arts – The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News


The creative industry is about to see a new mix of question marks as key players, Mr. Chuma Anagbado, a visual artist; and Gerald Eze, a music artist / lecturer; partner up with a marriage of art and music through technology.

Chuma Anagbado (left) and Gerald Eze

While Anagbado is called “the master of the lines”, Eze is “the master of the flute” (Oja). Anagbado is an artist and designer whose art fuels conversations about cultural heritage, especially Igbo oral traditions; Eze, for his part, is a skilled musical artist and scholar, who plays 14 instruments.

The two are reportedly hosting a show and mini-concert this month, where all traditional arts (print), performance (music) will be combined in one space.

Anagbado, who has been a practicing artist for some time now, tries to communicate through the visual arts, different cultures, customs and traditions of diverse origins and ethnic groups.

He said the entertainment industry is changing and the visual arts and music play an important role in people’s lives. Therefore, the integration of the two media through technology is only appropriate and timely to move the industry forward.

According to him, “I think my generation has a special role to play as we bridge the gap. We understand digital and we are also part of the generation that put it all together and then became what we use now.

“I basically think my work just followed my experience. I have been around all my life. I was creating work then, time that I just wanted to illustrate and still create, it is only natural that I use tools that are available at all times.

“What we’re trying to do is pass the same experience from one platform to another. So if in the future we all start drawing with our voices, I always will and find a way to connect them all, that’s why I love the smell of ink on paper, j love the speed of digital coloring, i love to draw digitally and for me these are just tools.

Eze, on the other hand, highlighted how music can be used to enrich culture, cleanse society, and send messages to the ruling elite.

He mentioned that drums, flutes, etc. are stereotypically used by ancestors to praise masquerades, appease gods, etc., pointing out that the role of modern music is not to repeat what the ancestors did, for it, music and the arts have to go beyond the traditional style by exploring modern and digital devices to reach the world.

He said: the essence of this synergy is for Chuma and myself to explore new trends, to move from the village square to the global village, to the whole world, to go beyond playing music. for the masquerades, for the president, for the governor, for the people who are really part of the community in terms of leadership, but to bring it to Germany, London and other parts of the world.

“If you see the musical instrument that we have here, it’s all over the world but with different names in different countries, which just means our ancestors were traveling, it’s not even out of place to do what we are doing. doing, we are actually doing the real work, applying it to reality, exploring all the possible options that we have in our time and not just standing up for what they did.

“When we’ve taken it to all of these levels, what we do is preserve spirituality, and I will say we preserve ourselves, we keep ourselves safe and clean by staying true to the art. ”


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