Directed by Five College Ethnomusicologist, Prof. Bode Omojola, the production features Nigerian performers—master drummer Bisi Adeleke and choreographer Oyebimpe Davis—and Five College students enrolled in Music 228 (African Folk Opera in Theory and Practice). All music will be in the Yoruban language, which students in Music 228 have learned under the direction of professor Omojola.
Tickets are available in the Department of Music office (538-2306) or at the door on the day of the performance. General admission is $5 and $3 for senior citizens and students.
The true test of love, they say, is sacrifice, and in times of war sacrifice is an important element of victory. This is well captured in this folk opera. Set in the ancient kingdom of Ile-Ife, the play narrates the brave sacrifice of a young woman’s undying love for her husband and his people.
Based on the story of a major figure in 12th-century Yoruba history, Queen Moremi of Ile-Ife, this folk opera portrays the heroic deeds of a woman who fought the odds to save her people and who is reputed to have led her city to victory over an
enemy kingdom that had mounted a series of attacks on the Yoruba city state of Ile-Ife.
Moremi willingly surrendered to the invaders, married the enemy king, and used the opportunity to
discover the secrets of the group’s military strategy. After escaping, she revealed that secret to the Ile-Ife people which enabled them to overcome their enemy.
But there is high drama; come to “Queen Moremi” to discover the queen’s supreme sacrifice that leads to victory!