Ghanaian composer Prof. J.H Nketia passes on

Ghanaian composer Prof. J.H Nketia passes on

Information available to reveals that Ghanaian composer, Emeritus Professor Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia has passed on.

The report revealed that Prof. J.H Nketia passed on at the Legon Hospital in the early hours of Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

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Prof. Nketia is a world-renowned musicologist and composer who lectured for so many years at the University of Ghana.

He received his first musical education, and eventually trained as a teacher at the Presbyterian Training College, Akropong, Akwapim where he later taught and was appointed Acting Principal in 1952.

His concept and interpretation of time and rhythmic patterns in Ghanaian and other African folk music were revolutionary, and became standard for researchers and scholars around the world.

Prof. Nketia who was born on June 22, 1921 at Mampong, in the Ashanti Region of Ghana passed on at age 97.

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At 23, a very young age to go abroad in those days, Nketia, through a Ghanaian government scholarship, went to the University of London to study for a certificate of phonetics at the School of Oriental and African studies.

He went on to Birkeck College in 1949, University of London, and Trinity College of Music, London, to obtain his Bachelor of Arts degree.

He wrote extensively for Western orchestral instruments, like the flute, violin, cello, percussion and piano. But it is through Nketia’s pace-setting works for traditional African instruments that his genius is acclaimed.

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