n Institute of African Studies Research Review - The biography of T.K.E. Phillips : Nigeria's foremost contemporary art musician




This paper portrays Thomas King Ekundayo Phillips as a foremost Nigerian contemporary art musician. It also beamed a searchlight into his family and educational background, musical endeavours as well as the titles and awards he had won during his lifetime. The field aspect of this research was conducted through interviews with members of T.K.E Phillips' family and some members of his profession. In addition, some of his scholarly works - books, journals, and magazines were collected. Also collected were scores of his choral music, which were categorized and analyzed in order to expound to what extent these have confirmed to the musician's assertions - especially in the area of the guiding principles proposed by him. It was revealed, among other things, that T.K.E. Phillips was the second Nigerian to study music to a baccalaureate level, and also that he had trained many of the prominent Nigerian art music composers that later came on the scene - including Fela Sowande and Sam Akpabot. The paper concludes that, in order to come out with the muchexpected theory on African art music, research works should be done on more composers of diverse nationalities in the continent of Africa.


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