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Ghana, music, identity, African art music

Smith, Patrick F.

Supervisor and department: Frishkopf, Michael Music

Examining committee member and department: Thompson, Guy History and Classics Gramit, David Music

Department: Department of Music


Date accepted: 2012-07-11T11:30:33Z

Graduation date: 2012-11

Degree: Master of Arts

Degree level: Master's

Abstract: African art music composers in Ghanaian universities negotiate a multiplicity of identities in a time characterized by frequent international communication and travel. This thesis explores these identities and asks, what does African art music, a combination of Western and indigenous African musical elements, mean today? In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, European Christian missionaries introduced Ghanaians to Western styles of composition. During the pre-independence era, Ephraim Amu 1899–1995 first began to explore what it means to be African in the realm of Western-inspired art music by incorporating traditional music that could be appreciated by Ghanaians. Composers in subsequent generations, such as J. H. Kwabena Nketia b. 1921, studied and continue to study and teach composition in Ghanaian and foreign universities, placing African art music amidst global flows of Western-inspired art musical practices. Students and professors at three Ghanaian universities navigate Christian, Pan-African, national, ethnic, and cosmopolitan identities through their compositions.

Language: English

DOI: doi:10.7939-R3M89M

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Autor: Smith, Patrick F.



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