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Scottish Power Pipe Band, Nigeria
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Posted July 24, 2013

Scottish Power Pipe Band, Nigeria
Pipe Major Chukwu Oba Kalu leads the Scottish Power Pipe Band, Nigeria

Music knows no boundaries and travels far and wide as is seen, for example, by the enormous influence of Africa on musicians worldwide. But it may come as a surprise that bagpipes did not originate in Britain or even in Europe, but rather in North Africa, many many centuries ago, where they are still played today in various forms.

From North Africa they were carried to Europe by the Romans, and eventually made their way to Britain and Scotland, where they developed into the form most often heard today, the Scottish Great Highland Bagpipe. In the early 1800s the direction reversed and bagpipes travelled back to Africa (and to many other places) with the Scottish elements of the British Army.

The dramatic sounds and sights of British bagpipe bands charmed and fascinated people everywhere and in response many local bagpipe bands were formed, often as part of military or police organizations but also often privately. These bagpipe bands themselves inspired further expansion after the British left. Today there are local Scottish bagpipe bands all over the world, in North and South America, in Europe from Sweden to Italy and Belgium to Poland, in Arabia, India, Australia, China, Korea, Japan and now again in Central Africa.

The British brought bagpipes to Nigeria around 1807and eventually, as elsewhere, local musicians took up these irresistible instruments. But for some reason in Nigeria modern piping faded away. The last few local pipers seem to have been members of a large conventional police band in the late 1960s. So bagpipes in Nigeria have been gone for half a century, but happily not altogether forgotten. Today there is a new bagpipe band in Nigeria, created by the efforts of one Nigerian man, Chukwu Oba Kalu.

Scottish Power Nigeria Pipe Band at a Wedding
Scottish Power Nigeria Pipe Band at a Wedding

Pipe Major Chukwu Oba Kalu's's band, Scottish Power Pipe Band Nigeria, is now bringing the wonderful sounds and colorful sights of the bagpipes to events in and around Abuja, Nigeria's capitol. A bagpipe band adds to any event a unique experience that the audience will long remember. Bagpipes are appropriate for all sorts of public and private events. They can serve to begin and/or end an event, or provide exciting music during it. Some of the sorts of events at which bagpipes are often heard and seen include:

  • Weddings
  • Birthdays
  • Anniversaries
  • Memorials
  • Parties
  • Groundbreaking
  • Building Dedications
  • Holiday Celebrations
  • Graduations
  • Ship Launchings
  • Sporting Events
  • Parades
  • Product Introductions
  • Business Openings
  • Conferences
  • Rallies
The Scottish Power Nigeria Pipe Band is available at reasonable rates to perform at any of these kinds of events and more. Give your guests, customers, friends, family or other audiences a truly unique and exciting gift of music that they will never forget!

For further information and bookings, contact:

Scottish Power Nigeria Ltd.

Pipe Major Chukwu Oba Kalu

Email Link:
Scottish Power Pipe Band: sscottishpower@yahoo.com

Telephone(Mobile): +2348035632404

Scottish Power Nigeria Pipe Band at an Orphanage
Scottish Power Nigeria Pipe Band at an Orphanage

Current Band Members:

Pipe Major Chukwu Oba Kalu
Piper Aniefiok Akpan
Piper Aliagu Grant Chukwuemeka
Drummer Sunday Itodo
Drummer Thankgod Abah
Drummer Simeon Akor

Aside from performing, Scottish Power Nigeria Ltd. is active in promoting the overall return of bagpiping to Nigeria. Currently the Pipe Major is working to help a government agency re-establish a pipe band, and his band puts on programs at schools and similar facilities with the object of introducing people to the instrument and its music. If this is something your organization might be interested in, please feel free to contact the band. Or, if you are an individual who is interested in learning to play the bagpipe, the band will be happy to help direct you to appropriate resources.

Note: For those who are curious, the Great Highland Bagpipes currently being played by the Scottish Power Nigeria Pipe Band and seen in the above photos are the excellent Model P3 made by the famed Canadian firm J. Dunbar Bagpipe Maker Ltd and are supplied by The Universe of Bagpipes, the host of this page.

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