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Idoma people of Nigeria allowed Prof. Robert G. Armstrong to record a
ritual whose live performance is considered taboo except at funerals.
For the wake, elderly women sing and play ichicha (large gourd rattles); there is also a dance circle with at least one man on an okanga(two-membrane drum). The wake lasts all night until the actual funeral, the Urchulo Nehi (Great Ceremony), the following noon.
101 Alekwu Chants Ediigwu 2:26
102 Ichicha Songs Ediigwu 7:19
103 Alekwu Chant: Onugbu and Oko Ediigwu 1:57
104 Alekwu Chant: Journey to Igbira Ediigwu 11:10
201 The Alekwu Prays Ediigwu 2:39
202 The Alekwu and Chorus Ediigwu 12:25
203 Ediigwu and Chorus Ediigwu 5:07