pnEmeritus Professor Kwabena Nketia, world acclaimed composer, musicologist and contemporary artist, will be the guest at the monthly series DOTTS to deliver a talk on the theme “Contemporary African Folklore Music: The challenges in the digital age”.

Prof. Nketia has been described as “easily the most published authority on African music and aesthetics”. He will speak about the connection that the digital age has with music of African origin. He would as well break down the challenges a generation is dealing with putting across the contemporary folklore music in an information era where the internet and data are ever so powerful.

Born Kwabena Nketia on June 22, 1921 at Mampong, then a little town in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, he went on to pursue his first musical education, and eventually trained as a teacher at the Presbyterian Training College, Akropong Akwapim – where he later taught and was appointed Acting Principal in 1952. Through a Ghanaian government scholarship, at 23, he went to the University of London to study for a certificate of phonetics at the School of Oriental and African studies.He went on to Birkeck College in 1949, University of London, and Trinity College of Music, London, to obtain his Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1958 he came to the United States, attending Columbia University, Juliard School of Music, and Northwestern University to do courses in musicology and composition. After a year in the United States, he returned to Ghana where he rapidly rose through the ranks at the University of Ghana, Legon – from Senior Research Fellow (1962), to Associate Professor, and finally a full professor in 1963 and was appointed Director of the Institute of African Studies in 2 years. Prof. Nketia is to African music what Bartok is to Western music.

How does social media affect the production, distribution and acceptance of music of African origin? How can we harness, promote, and drive contemporary African folklore music to the present generation?

Time: 4PM on Friday February 27, 2015

Venue: Paloma Hotel, on the Spintex road.

Please RSVP with Mina @ 026-3775030 to confirm your attendance. Attendance is FREE, we hope to see you there.
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Author: Kwame 'Write' Aidoo

Kwame Aidoo, also known as Write is a fond reader, writer and lover of music and the arts, with a degree in Biochemistry from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Tech., Kumasi and a certificate in Cultural Organizations in Transition from University of Lüneburg. He founded the creative activism movement: Inkfluent which curates Slam Ghana, The Write Experience, Vocal Portraits poetry albums, Slam Lab and the biggest literary festival in Ghana; Nkabom Literary Festival. Aside Ghana, where he is based, he has shown work in Brazil, Togo, Austria, France, Benin, Germany and Burkina Faso and most recently Norway with Aurora Ekvatorialis; a light sculpture and texts collaboration with Norwegian artist Toril Johannessen, exhibiting at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, 16.9.2016 – 15.1.2017.

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