The Cultural Company Of Duro Ladipo Theatre, Nigeria ‎– Oba Koso (The King Did Not Hang) - Dance-Drama With Yoruba Festival Music

Kaleidophone ‎– KS 2201
Duro Ladipo Series – KS 2201
Vinyl, LP, Stereo


A1 Act 1 The Palace Of Sango (Begin) 17:18
B1 Act 1 The Palace At Sango (End) 6:11
B2 Act 2 Timi At Ede 3:11
B3 Act 3 The Palace Of Sango 7:17
C1 Act 4 The Fight At Ede 4:49
C2 Act 5 The Palace Of Sango 7:50
C3 Act 6 The Witches' Forest 7:03
D1 Act 7 The Fight At Akesan Market; Sango's Abdication, Death, And Deification 22:27

Companies, etc.



Thanks to Arena Stage, Washington D.C., for their generoud hospitality and assistance during the recording and photographing of OBA KOSO in the Kreeger Theatre; Eleanor Orr and The Hawthorne School for transporting the cast; David Splitt and Reginald Brisbane for their numerous assistances; and in particular this cast of OBA KOSO, who forfeited their one day off on a busy two-week Washington engagement to make this recording.
First American Tour February-March-April 1975.

Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 75-750185 applies to these records.


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December 4, 2012
From Ethnomusicology Journal, Vol. 21, No. 1, Jan., 1977 record reviews

"The vitality of African music to which Francis Bebey referred is evident throughout Oba Koso ( Bebey 1972:14-19) This musical is a new verision of Duro Lapido's earlier, very popular Yoruba dance drama which was the first recorded on LPOR-1]-A/B by Ariki Records. It is alive with all the fireiness and volatility befitting the thunder god, and Curt Wittig states in his" [some text missing]
Ethnomusicology © 1977 Society for Ethnomusicology