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Sharing Knowledge and Experience: A Profile of Kwabena Nketia – Scholar and Music Educator
Kwabena Nketia was a renowned scholar, linguist, composer, poet, researcher, teacher and musicologist in Ghana. His writings have become standard reference works on African musicology, and his work spanned many countries and interests. Nketia maintained a strong interest in Afro-American concerns, African musical traditions and Africans and blacks in the diaspora; and he worked tirelessly on establishing a theoretical framework of African music; consciousness of African identity in music; and to produce publications representing his own musical culture.
This biography concentrates on the educational and research aspects of Nketia’s work, assessing the importance of his contribution to African musicology, thought on music education, and practical application of ethnomusicology and composition in teaching method, and exercises in African rhythm.
Dr. Eric Ayisi Akrofi had his elementary and secondary education in Ghana after which he proceeded to the Royal Academy of Music, London, U.K., where he studied Piano, Cello, Theory and History Of Music.
He was also educated at the University of London where he received his B.Mus. degree; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, U.S.A where he received his M.A. degree in Music Education, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A. where he received his Ed.D in Music Education.
He is the author of a number of scholarly articles and critical reviews. Dr. Akrofi has, since 1995, been teaching University of Transkei, South Africa prior to which he was Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.