Ogene is a style of Igbo music consisting of, and taking its name from, the ogene instrument, which is a large metal bell.[1] The Ogene instrument has historically been made by the Igbo people of Nigeria. It is one of the most important metal instruments of the people.

Ogene ndi Igbo
Sceme of the Ogene

The Ogene type of bell which is commonly used as a "master instrument" in a bell orchestra in Igboland. It is an instrument of the struck idiophone class and is made of iron by specialist blacksmiths. The bell has a flattish, conical shape, and is hollow inside. The sound itself comes from the vibration of the iron body when struck, which is made to resound by the hollow inside of the bell. The iron body is usually struck with a soft wooden stick.

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  1. ^ Ogene gong at Marvel Chukwudi: OGENE and Other Poems, Praxis Magazine for Arts and Literature, looked up on 23 February 2016.


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