African Art Music
This booklet is intended as a companion volume to various recordings and aims to create awareness of the creative potential of African art music in Ghana. It is the story of an individual composer and his works, his reflections and comments on his experience as an African composer and on African art music as a contemporary genre and musical idiom. The book is divided into sections on: the creative sources of African art music: the transformation of traditional songs, popular music sources and original works; formative influences on the composer: early sources of influence, the legacy of Amu and the African School of Composition; and performers and audiences: the performer-composer relationship, performances of African art music abroad, local performers and music educators. The author is perhaps Africa's most distinguished and renowned composer, musicologist and scholar. His awards include the Ghana Book Award, the IMC-Unesco Music Prize for Distinguished Service to Music, and the Prince Claus Award for Distinguished Service to Culture and Development. He is a Foundation Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts & Sciences, Honorary Member of the International Music Council and Member of the International Jury for the Proclamation by Unesco of Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
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The Creative Sources of African Art Music
Formative Influences and Creative Output
Performers and Audiences