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Nkyirimma Nye Bi
by composer Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia, performed by Glorious City Choir
Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia (1921 to 2019) was a Ghanaian ethnomusicologist, author and composer. Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia was born in Mampong, Ghana, on June 22nd 1921. An only child, he first trained as a teacher at the Presbyterian Training College in Akropong, then went to Britain at the age of 23 to attend the University of London on a government scholarship. He did this until 1949, with the first two years of study being in linguistics at the School of Oriental and African Studies. In the same year he then began three years' study at Birkbeck College University of London, and at Trinity College of Music in the city, finally obtaining a B.A. degree. In 1958, the award of a Rockefeller Fellowship then allowed him to go to the USA, where he attended Columbia University (studying with Henry Cowell), the Juilliard School, and Northwestern University (studying musicology and composition). He became a professor of music at University of California Los Angeles, and then the same at the University of Pittsburgh, going on to fulfil countless lectures at all the prestigious universities of the world. Nketia began teaching as a professor of music at the University of Ghana in Accra in 1952, and also directed the International Centre for African Music and Dance (ICAMD). He additionally taught at the Presbyterian Training College, Akropong, serving as its acting principal in 1952. During his lifetime, he composed for both Western and African instruments, and authored more than 200 books, including "The Music of Africa" which was later translated into German, Italian, Chinese and Japanese. His many and varied honours included the "Companion of the Order of the Star of Ghana", the "Grand Medal of the Government of Ghana (Civil Division)", a DLitt (Honoris Causa) from the University of Ghana, the "Ghana Book Award", a 1987 "ECRAG Special Honour Award", a "Ghana Gospel Music Special Award" in 2003 and the "ACRAG Flagstar Award" of 1993. He was also a Member of Honour of the International Music Council. Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia died after a short illness in Accra on March 13th 2019, aged 97. http://www.peacefmonline.com/pages/local/news/201903/377646.php
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Hanson_Kwabena_Nketia
Posted: 16th April 2019
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