ISBN 9789964704001
Pages 420
Dimensions 203 x 127 mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations and Maps
Published 2005
Publisher Afram Publications, Ghana
Format Paperback

Ethnomusicology and African Music

Collected Papers. Vol. 1

by J. H. Kwabena Nketia

This is the first volume in a planned series compiling the papers of the renowned scholar of music, Kwabena Nketia. The papers were mostly contributions to books and journals published overseas, and to international meetings and conferences; and have been made available in Ghana in a collected edition.

The volume in hand deals with modes of inquiry and interpretation broadly organised into sections on theory, and historical and creative studies. The section on theoretical issues comprises papers on: the problem of meaning in African music; musicology and African music; the juncture of the social and the musical; integrating objectivity and experience in ethnomusicological studies; the aesthetic dimension in ethnomusicological studies; universal perspectives in ethnomusicology; and contextual strategies of inquiry and systematisation.

The section on creative and historical topics covers the following: the history of music in African culture; history and the organization of music in West Africa; historical evidence in Ga religious music; processes of differentiation and interdependency in African music; African musical roots in the Americas; and developing contemporary idioms out of traditional music.

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About the Author

J. H. Kwabena Nketia

J.H. Kwabena Nketia is perhaps Africa’s most distinguished and renowned composer, musicologist and scholar. His awards include the Ghana Book Award, the IMC-Unesco Music Prize for Distinguished Service to Music, and the Prince Claus Award for Distinguished Service to Culture and Development. He is a Foundation Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts & Sciences, Honorary Member of the International Music Council and Member of the International Jury for the Proclamation by Unesco of Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

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