What was it about Bob Marley that made him so popular in a world dominated by rock’n’roll? How is that he has not only remained the single most successful reggae artist ever, but has also become a shining beacon of radicalism and peace to generation after generation of fans across the globe?
On May 11, 1981, a little after 11.30 in the morning, Bob Marley died. The man who introduced reggae to a worldwide audience, in his own lifetime he had already become a hero figure in the classic mythological sense. From immensely humble beginnings and with talent and religious belief his only weapons, the Jamaican recording artist applied himself with unstinting perseverance to spreading his prophetic musical message.
And he had achieved it: only a year earlier, Bob Marley and The Wailers’ tour of Europe had seen them perform to the largest audiences a musical act had up to that point experienced. Record sales of Marley’s albums before his death were spectacular; in the years since his death they have become phenomenal, as each new generation discovers afresh the remarkable power of his music.
Chris Salewicz, who had a sequence of adventures with Bob Marley in Jamaica in 1979, offers us a comprehensive and detailed account of Bob Marley’s life and the world in which he grew up and came to dominate. Never-before-heard interviews with dozens of people who knew Marley are woven through a narrative that brings to life not only the Rastafari religion and the musical scene in Jamaica, but also the spirit of the man himself.₵100.00₵100.00Quick View
This book is a rare legacy for the nation, art connoisseurs and people who love to know more about the various values of Ghanaian Art.
Kofi Antubam was an eminent artist who taught Art and Crafts at the Achimota School in the 50’s and early 60’s. He was born in 1922 and died at the age of 42 in 1964.
This book, “Kofi Antubam and the myth around Ghana’s Presidential Seat” does not only enlighten the reader on the late Antubam’s great exploits [e.g. designing of the Presidential Seat, State Sword, State Mace and many State Monuments] but also shows their cultural and aesthetic values, and outline the myths and functions of Ghanaian traditional Art as incorporated in his works.
Kofi Antubam who almost single-handedly placed Ghanaian art on the world map during his life time has been a forgotten hero since his death. Apart from the various prizes he won in different art competitions, he gave lectures at several conferences, both at home and abroad on various humanistic and aesthetic topics.
Thirty years after his death, two elderly carvers emerged from nowhere to claim that Kofi Antubam contracted them to carve the Presidential Seat but did not pay them.
The 128-page power-packed book on creativity searches for the truth. Who are the true carvers of the Presidential Seat?
The author spent three years researching this book.₵23.00Quick View
Reinstating Traditional Music in Contemporary Contexts: Reminiscences of a Nonagenarian’s Lifelong Encounters with the Musical Traditions of Africa
Reinventing tradition has indeed been the lifelong pre-occupation of Emeritus Professor J.H. Kwabena Nketia, as a musicologist, linguist, composer, performing artist, teacher and advocate. The book gives opportunities for a fluent narration of a complex story, by the protagonist himself. Such intellectual biographies are rare, particularly when they span a period of 90 years, and deal with the author’s sources of inspiration, intellectual influences, mentors, as well as social and political contexts from which a wellspring of ideals have sprung. This book is a feast what is worth sharing with policy makers, scholars, art practitioners, young and old scholars alike, who year for reminiscences about music, the arts, life and scholarship across a greater part of nine decades. This is simply a trove on arts and nationalism, worth reading and passing on.
— from the Foreword by Professor Kwesi Yankah, President, Central University₵60.00Quick View
Reinstating Traditional Music in Contemporary Contexts: Reminiscences of a Nonagenarian’s Lifelong Encounters with the Musical Traditions of Africa₵60.00