SAMUEL AKPABOT (1931 - 2000)
Born in Eastern Nigeria, Samuel Akpabot studied organ, trumpet and composition in London. He then returned home to study the indigenous music of Nigeria at the University of Ife, with further work at the University of Chicago and Michigan State University. He is regarded as a major scholar on the subject.
Akpabot juxtaposes African and European instruments in several of his compositions. His Three Nigerian Dances, however, are scored simply for strings and timpani.