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"Tradition, Creation, and Life: A Celebration of Professor Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia and the Music of Ghana"

Release date: February 27, 2012

As part of Black History Month, Goucher College is presenting "Tradition, Creation, and Life: A Celebration of Professor Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia and the Music of Ghana," on Monday, February 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Merrick Lecture Hall.

This event will feature a presentation and dialogue with Nketia, a world-renowned musicologist and composer, as well as performances by the Goucher Jazz Ensemble, led by Music Instructor Jeffrey Chappell, and Music Lecturer Kwame Ansah and his group Fritete Afrobeat. Additionally, his Excellency Daniel Ohene Agyekum, Ghana's ambassador to the United States, will be attending this event. The presentation and performances are free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved in advance by logging on to www.goucher.edu/tickets.

At age 90, Nketia is known by many as "The Moses of African music." He is a teacher, musician, composer, and is among the most-published and best-known authorities on African music. His concept and interpretation of time and rhythmic patterns in Ghanaian and other African folk music have become the standard for researchers and scholars around the world, and he has transcribed many Ghanaian folk songs in a manner virtually free from Western influences.

Nketia is the director of the International Centre for African Music and Dance, based at the University of Ghana, Legon-Accra. He was a professor of music at UCLA and the University of Pittsburgh, and he has lectured in many top universities worldwide, including Harvard University, Stanford University, University of Michigan, City University of London, and the China Conservatory of Music.

He has written several musical compositions and more than 200 publications, including Music of Africa, which has been translated into German, Italian, Chinese, and Japanese. His awards include the Grand Medal of the Government of Ghana; the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers' Deems Taylor Award for his book Music of Africa; the IMC-UNESCO Prize for distinguished service to music; and the Price Claus Award, which honors individuals and organizations reflecting a progressive and contemporary approach to the themes of culture and development.

This event is sponsored by the Stimson Lecture Endowment, the Goucher College Office of Multicultural Student Services, and the Dean of Students Office.