ARTISTE OF THE WEEK – Ike Albert Eseka
When Ike Eseka joined the choir of St. Michael’s Military Catholic Chapel Tamandu Barracks, Apapa Lagos as a boy, he originally joined because of Christmas Carols. He also liked the mouth watering part of it all, where the choristers were served good food at the end of each Carol Event. What would you have a little boy do at the sight of such delicious food?
As time went on, young Ike found out that he naturally assimilated whatever the choirmaster taught him, including every other part in the Choir. Little did he know that he would one day, become an Organist, Composer, Music Director and Catholic Church Musician of great repute.
Ike, Conducting The Chorale de la Magnifique in a Concert.
One thing has always touched the wrong side of his life Musically, it is the standard of Music in the Catholic Church. In a Chat with Ike Eseka, here’s what he had to say.
“Unfortunately music is not taken seriously by the Catholic Church and as such, a lot of charlatans have emerged and what we now have is a lot of musically unsound songs. Improvement in the Catholic Church must start from the Catholic hierarchy itself, by that I mean the bishops of the various dioceses. It must be a priority for them, as they need to identify serious Catholic Musicologists, engage them properly and pay them as well, a lot of whom are self trained without support from the church. However, there is progress, but very slow. We need them to come out and take the church back to the glorious days”
Having served as assistant to Igwe Prof. Laz Ekwueme, from 1996 to 2012 at The Laz Ekwueme Chorale and worked with him very closely and also having been influenced by Master Musicians like; the Late Steve Rhodes, David Aina, and ‘Emeka Nwokedi, he began to flourish in Music Appreciation generally, as he began to compose and play the organ.
Ike, playing an Altus Klass Organ at CKC, Kurudu, Abuja.
Ike has written and arranged quite a handful of works for Catholic Worship, some of which include; Music for 12 masses, Chants for advent and Christmas seasons, Chants for lent and Easter Seasons, Christ was born at Christmas, The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to John, to mention a few.
He also bought a lot of books that aided him in the study of Harmony and Counterpoint.
Ike Al Eseka is the Music Director and founder of Chorale de la Magnifique, a Choral group established in 1993 with branches in Lagos, Abuja and Asaba, his home town.
Please put your hands together for this Teacher, Organist, Composer, Music Director and Barrister at Law.
Ikechukwu Albert Eseka
I CELEBRATE YOU TODAY!
Ifediora, Obinna Maurice
Musical Society of Nigeria
8/9 Marina, Onikan Lagos.