Ernst Fischer’s The Necessity of Art (1963) propels the understanding that the development of culture in man came from art which is of course out man’s quest for work and survival. This therefore means that man’s art and culture are inseparable entities because art is a distinct human production, and many people consider it the ultimate form of culture because it can have the quality of pure expression, entirely separate from basic human needs.. Perhaps the most universal of the arts of man is music which is a total encapsulation of a cultural entity. A glimpse to a society’s culture can be had from its music; indigenous music such as the Fuji music of western Nigeria. However, because of the dynamic and adaptive nature of culture, these indigenous music genres are now being greatly infuenced and mixed with certain contemporary trends of culture and music. The preoccupation of this study is to examine the factors responsible for this mix using the Nigerian Fuji and contemporary music matrix.
In executing this study therefore, it was very neccessary to employ a carefull and systematic review of various literature and library materials on the subjec matter which was of course enhanced by a selected study of prominent performers of fuji music and their works; this aided an indepth dscussion into the topic. Extracting societal reactions to the art and performance of fuji music viz a viz opinion sampling neccessitated a focus group discussion among randomly selected participants while also gathering actual field facts from interviews and interactions with some prominent fuji performers.
The study has climaxed in the following findings:
· Fuji music occupies a pivotal, historical and musical position. By integrating the rhythmic vitality of African music with European tonal harmonies, by combining traditional Nigerian instruments with European ones, Fuji music stands out historically and structurally between the European style band music of nineteenth...