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= African Arts and Culture resources =
 
 
== Africa and Africans ==
 
 
=== Africa ===
 
[http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/africa/features/storyofafrica/4generic3.shtml West African Kingdoms ]
 
[http://fotota.hypotheses.org/ Fotota: African Perspectives in Photography]
 
[http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development-professionals-network/2013/may/24/african-union-50-year-anniversary African Union at 50 - the dream of Unity]
 
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiAfrica WikiAfrica]
 
 
[http://library.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/ Africa South of the Sahara] (Stanford University)
 
 
[http://www.africa-union.org/ Africa Union]
 
 
[http://www.aluka.org Aluka] (log in via your university library site; if it's not available request a subscription)
 
 
[http://www.aluka.org.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/action/showDiscipline?sa=mus Aluka:  Music]
 
 
[http://afripod.aodl.org/ Africa Past and Present] podcast
 
 
[http://www.africaknowledgeproject.org African Knowledge Project], including a set of journals
 
 
[http://anth.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/view/1677555 A History of the African People] by Robert W. July (Long Grove IL : Waveland Press, Inc., 1998). 724 page(s)
 
 
[http://anth.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/view/1679677 Africa & Africans] by Paul Bohannan and Philip Curtin (Long Grove, IL : Waveland Press, Inc., 1964). 316 page(s)
 
 
[http://africanactivist.msu.edu/ African Activist Archive Project]
 
 
[http://www.africaportal.org/ Africa Portal]
 
 
[[Online museum resources on African Art]]
 
 
[http://www.let.leidenuniv.nl/verba-africana/ African languages and oral literatures]
 
 
[http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/africa/features/storyofafrica/index.shtml The Story of Africa] (produced by the BBC)
 
 
[http://referenceworks.brillonline.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/browse/african-studies-companion-online Brill's African Studies Companion]
 
 
[http://www.unesco.org/new/en/culture/themes/dialogue/general-and-regional-histories/general-history-of-africa/volumes General History of Africa] (also in [http://www.unesco.org/new/fr/culture/themes/dialogue/general-and-regional-histories/general-history-of-africa/volumes French)
 
 
[http://www.slavevoyages.org/tast/index.faces The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database], with information on more than 35,000 slave voyages
 
 
[http://www.wdl.org/en/item/684/zoom/#group=1&page=1&zoom=0.1472&centerX=0.5000&centerY=2.1740 Togo under the German Flag]
 
 
=== Africans ===
 
 
[http://www.juliusnyerere.info/ Julius Nyerere]
 
 
[http://www.marxists.org/subject/africa/fanon/index.htm Frantz Fanon]
 
 
[http://www.governmentattic.org/docs/DIA_AnalysisKwameNkrumahOfGhana1966.pdf US Defense intelligence report on Kwame Nkrumah] from 1966
 
 
== General info on Ghana ==
 
[http://wikitravel.org/en/Ghana Wikitravel - Ghana]
 
 
Journals of both historic and scholarly interest:  
 
 
*[http://www.jstor.org.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/action/showPublication?journalCode=trangoldcoastogo Transactions of the Gold Coast & Togoland Historical Society]
 
*[http://www.jstor.org.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/action/showPublication?journalCode=tranhistsocighan Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana]
 
 
[http://www.ghana.travel/ghana/festivals/ Ghana festivals]
 
 
[http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/tourism/festivals.php more Ghana festivals]
 
 
[http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/ghtoc.html Library of Congress country study]
 
 
[http://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/publications/ghana-125817 Ghana], by Rachel Naylor (Oxfam Country Study series)
 
 
[https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/gh.html CIA World Factbook]
 
 
[http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2860.htm US Dept of State]
 
 
[http://www.statsghana.gov.gh/ Ghana Statistical Service]
 
 
[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/country_profiles/1023355.stm BBC]
 
 
[http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/ghana/index.html NYT]
 
 
[http://www.kidon.com/media-link/gh.php Ghana news and media]
 
 
[http://www.touringghana.com/ Ghana tourism]
 
 
[http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/march/6/newsid_2515000/2515459.stm Ghana Independence Day]
 
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fERuaTg93II][http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg6_Jixw7FU&feature=related]
 
 
[http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/09/travel/09ghana.html New York Times travel section article about Ghana] (August 9, 2009)
 
 
[http://www.let.leidenuniv.nl/verba-africana/ewe/main.htm Ewe stories]
 
 
[http://lit.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/blfi/view/1000063401 The Ewe Speaking Peoples of the Slave Coast of West Africa], by A. B. Ellis.
 
 
[http://www.wdl.org/en/item/2552/#regions=africa&countries=GH Ghana, One Year Old: a First Independence Anniversary Review]
 
 
[http://www.wdl.org/en/item/651/#regions=africa&countries=GH Ghana’s Policy at Home and Abroad: Text of Speech Given in the Ghana Parliament, August 29, 1957]
 
 
[http://www.wdl.org/en/item/9220/zoom/#group=1&page=1&zoom=0.3538&centerX=0.5000&centerY=0.7908 Adoo Quamina, 1820], captain and courtier to the Ashanti king
 
 
== Music of West Africa and beyond ==
 
 
[http://library.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/music.html?newwindow=true African music on the Internet]
 
 
[http://www.africaknowledgeproject.org/index.php/amd African Music Database]
 
 
[http://www.ghanaexpo.com/ Ghana Expo] - includes music, TV, films, and more...
 
 
[http://www.ghanamusic.com/ Ghana Music]
 
 
[http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=E263225CF557A2EB My youtube playlist]
 
 
[http://www.uni-hildesheim.de/ntama/ Ntama: Journal of African Music and Popular Culture]
 
 
[http://www.musicinghana.com/ Music in Ghana] [http://www.musicinghana.com/migsite/index.php]
 
 
[http://music.thinkghana.com/ Music news in Ghana]
 
 
[http://www.ghanabase.com/ Ghanabase]
 
 
[http://www.ghanamusic.co.uk/ Music videos]
 
 
[http://www.hiplifelovers.com/ Hiplife]
 
 
[http://blogs.voanews.com/african-music-treasures/ African Music on VOA]
 
 
Wikipedia articles on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_Ghana Ghana], and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_African_music West Africa] (limited, but good for links)
 
 
[http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/audio/ Ghana web music]
 
 
[http://www.ghanamv.com/ Ghana music videos]
 
 
[http://www.afromix.org/html/musique/pays/ghana/index.en.html Afromix]
 
 
[http://www.museke.com/ghana Music lyrics]
 
 
[http://worldmusic.nationalgeographic.com/view/page.basic/country/content.country/ghana_19 National Geographic World Music Guide]
 
 
[http://www.dagaramusic.com/ Dagara xylophone music center] outside Accra
 
 
[http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/q6gb Hiplife compilation (BBC review)]
 
 
[http://musc265.blogs.wesleyan.edu/african-hip-hop/ African hip hop]
 
 
[http://library.brown.edu/cds/koetting/ James Koetting Ghana Field Recording Collection at Brown University]
 
 
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCmsLzFibI4 Asafo][http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG_OMhqS3Lc]
 
 
== African American and Africana studies ==
 
 
[[W.E.B. DuBois]]
 
 
Frederick Douglass
 
http://www.iupui.edu/~douglass/
 
 
Booker T Washington
 
http://www.historycooperative.org/btw/
 
 
George Padmore
 
http://www.georgepadmoreinstitute.org/
 
http://www.marxists.org./archive/padmore/index.htm
 
 
[[Marcus Garvey]]
 
 
Martin Luther King
 
http://www.kinginstitute.info/
 
 
Claudia Jones
 
http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/logbrowse.pl?trx=vx&list=h-afro-am&month=1109&week=a&msg=fVcO9M3iTeVcDqi9q3okfw&user=&pw=
 
 
John Henrik Clarke
 
http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/afprl/dr.-john-henrik-clarke
 
 
Ida B Wells
 
http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/scrc/findingaids/view.php?eadid=ICU.SPCL.IBWELLS
 
 
Ella Baker
 
http://www.nypl.org/sites/default/files/archivalcollections/pdf/scmmg630.pdf
 
 
Maulana Karenga
 
http://www.maulanakarenga.org/
 
 
Cheikh Anta Diop
 
http://www.gambia.dk/antadiop.html
 
 
Walter Rodney
 
http://www.guyanacaribbeanpolitics.com/wpa/rodney_bio.html
 
 
http://www.blackeducator.org/
 
 
[https://www.journals.elsevier.com/scientific-african Scientific African] journal
 
 
== Audio:  Ghana and beyond ==
 
 
See:
 
* [http://search.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/womu Contemporary World Music]
 
* [http://guides.library.ualberta.ca/databases/smithsonian-global-sound Smithsonian Global Sound]
 
* [http://ethnocloud.com/ Ethnocloud]
 
 
 
Smithsonian Folkways on Ghana (all available free via the above databases):
 
 
* [http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=711 Ewe music of Ghana]
 
* [http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=728 Music of the Ashanti of Ghana]
 
* [http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=770 Music of the Dagomba from Ghana][http://login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/login?url=https://search.alexanderstreet.com/view/work/bibliographic_entity|recorded_cd|71754 Free listening here]
 
* [http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=752 Music of the Ga people of Ghana]
 
* [http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=926 Black music of two worlds (John Storm Roberts collection)]
 
 
Recommended:
 
 
* [http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=1572 Traditional Drumming and Dances of Ghana]
 
* [http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=1573 Folk music of Ghana (Ewe)]
 
* [http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=738 Songs of War and Death from the Slave Coast: Songs of War]
 
* [http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=739 Songs of War and Death from the Slave Coast: Songs of Death]
 
* [http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=737 Traditional women's music from Ghana: Ewe, Fanti, Ashanti, and Dagomba]
 
* [http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=1398 Ghana: Children at Play: Children's Songs and Games]
 
* [http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=2377 Rhythms of Life, Songs of Wisdom: Akan Music from Ghana]
 
 
Contemporary world music on Ghana (all available free via the above databases):
 
 
* [http://womu.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/View/563058 Seprewa Kasa performed by Korankye, Osei; Kyerematen, Baffour & Banaman, Alfred Kari (Riverboat, 330051)]
 
* [http://womu.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/View/374128 Mustapha Tettey Addy: Master Drummer from Ghana performed by Addy, Mustapha Tettey (Lyrichord, LYRCD 7250)]
 
* [http://womu.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/View/678266 Kwabena Nyama: Ghana - Musique de Vin de Palme, Sunday Monday (Kwabena Nyama: Ghana: palm wine music, Sunday Monday) performed by Nyama, Samuel Kwabena; Poku, Kofi; Duah, Agyemang; Seni, Addas & Annor, Kofi (Buda Musique, 1979352, 2000)]
 
* [http://womu.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/View/734691 Immortal Franco] (Congolese popular music, soukous)
 
* [http://bit.ly/buducd Giving Voice to Hope:  Music of Liberian Refugees]  In the past we visited the Buduburam camp where this music was produced. Now the camp has been closed. Please order the album to learn about the project, and help support these refugee musicians.  Minimally, listen to the exerpts online at the above link. See [http://bit.ly/givingv2h Giving Voice to Hope] for the subsequent evolution of this project.
 
* [http://www.emusic.com/album/E-T-Mensah-All-For-You-MP3-Download/10977967.html ET Mensah and the Tempos (RetroAfric/IODA, 1986)] Documents classic Ghanaian highlife from the 1950s and 60s by one of its leading exponent.  I'm including an emusic.com link (because it's cheaper that way, and emusic.com is worthwhile for world music lovers - in fact most of the Smithsonian Folkways catalog is there), but if you don't want to subscribe you can find this album also on iTunes.
 
* [http://womu.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/View/791897 Bewaare: They Are Coming - Degaare Songs and Dances from Nandom, Ghana (Pan (Netherlands), PAN 2052CD, 1995)]
 
 
 
Recommended:
 
 
* [http://womu.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/View/75355 Master Drummers of Dagbon, Volume 2: Drumming From Northern Ghana performed by Abdulai, Alhaji Ibrahim (Rounder Records, CD-5046)]
 
* [http://womu.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/View/734767 Asante Kete Drumming: Music of Ghana  performed by Nketia, Isaac; Martey, Gabriel Ololai; Damso, Yaw & Dwoomoh, Richard (Lyrichord, LYRCD 7454, 2007)]
 
* [http://womu.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/View/360836 Ghana: Music of the Northern Tribes  (Lyrichord, LYRCD 7321, 1976)] (listen to the gyil)
 
* [http://womu.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/View/590623 Muzina performed by Rochereau, Tabu Ley (Singer/Songwriter) (Rounder Records, 5059)] (Congolese popular music, soukous)
 
 
== Film and video: Africa, West Africa, Diaspora, and related ==
 
 
Note: Some of these links may not work without logging in first. For Films on Demand (http://digital.films.com) you can access from anywhere by visiting the UofA Library site and searching for database: "Films on Demand", then search for the title you wish to screen. You can also create an account allowing you to login directly to digital.films.com. All titles are provided below. If a link breaks try searching for the title. [https://www.artsrn.ualberta.ca/ccewiki/index.php/The_Canadian_Centre_for_Ethnomusicology_(CCE)#Film_and_video_collections Here are the UofA's film databases]. The Ethnographic film database is particularly rich in African holdings.
 
 
 
 
=== Overviews of African history===
 
 
Basil Davidson's acclaimed BBC Africa series.  Note: the following links are now dysfunctional ; try searching.
 
 
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Po1RGmzfnNY&feature=plcp part 1]
 
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWS1oUb9PqM part 2]
 
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F85dMajmbo0 part 3]
 
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gllHXycznYY part 4]
 
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_ONSlDEaoQ part 5]
 
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMK0oOxccMA part 6]
 
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mV__Tvv02KU part 7]
 
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1j1Bv5f-e0 part 8]
 
 
Henry Louis Gates series: [http://login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/login?url=http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?wID=103279&xtid=144350 Part I] (find other parts from here)
 
 
 
 
[http://dickinsg.intrasun.tcnj.edu/films/videos.html Overviews of three major documentary series by Basil Davidson, Ali Mazrui, and Henry Louis Gates]
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=39458&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Africa%20Calling:%20An%20Appeal%20for%20Understanding&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID=15653 Africa calling]
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=36129&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Journeys%20into%20Islamic%20Africa&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID= Journeys into Islamic Africa]
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=31941&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=African%20Art&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID= African Art]
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=43767&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=West%20Africa&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID=19830 West Africa]
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=3077&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=The%20Glories%20of%20Ancient%20Benin&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID= The Glories of Ancient Benin]
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=41675&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Great%20Empires%20of%20the%20Past:%20Core%20Concepts%20Video%20Clip%20Library&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID=# Medieval West Africa]
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=41675&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Great%20Empires%20of%20the%20Past:%20Core%20Concepts%20Video%20Clip%20Library&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID=# Ancient Ghana]
 
 
[http://digital.films.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/PortalViewVideo.aspx?tid=19447&loid=102018&IsSearch=Y The Mande people of the Mali empire]
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?JW=1&xtid=3078 The Bambara Kingdom of Segu (Mali)]
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=44114&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Dark%20Passages%20&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID= Dark passages] (Slave trade)
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?JW=1&xtid=3064 Door of no return] (slave trade)
 
 
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTjBNppdk-M Berlin 1885: The Division of Africa]
 
 
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wogv4hccZs Berlin 1885, la ruée sur l'Afrique 1/6] (other parts present also; in French)
 
 
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgzSnZidGuU Africa: States of independence - the scramble for Africa]. al-Jazeera special on 17 African nations independent for 50 years in 2010.
 
 
=== African society, culture, music, religion, and politics ===
 
 
[https://ualberta.kanopy.com/video/fonko Fonko: An African Musical Revolution]
 
 
[http://login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/login?url=http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?seriesID=15653&wID=103279 The Call of Africa]
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?JW=1&xtid=36197 Africa's West Coast]
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?JW=1&xtid=39450 Miraculous Water: The Effects of Scarcity and Abundance in Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Mali]
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?JW=1&xtid=39457 More Than Just a Game: Competitions and Celebrations in Ethiopia, Ghana, Niger, Senegal, and Sudan]
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?JW=1&xtid=39451 Paper Gods: Aspects of Religion in Benin, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Mali]. See section 10 on a witchcraft village in northern Ghana.
 
 
[http://reelafrican.com Reel African]. Collection of online video content. May not all be accessible from your location.
 
 
'''Africa: who is to blame?''' A film featuring Ghana's former President J.J. Rawlings
 
* [http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=35896&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Africa:%20Who%20Is%20to%20Blame?&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID=&loid=36373 President Jerry Rawlings of Ghana (04:33)]
 
* [http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=35896&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Africa:%20Who%20Is%20to%20Blame?&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID=&loid=36373# Slavery, Colonialism, and Corrupt Democracy (05:06)]
 
* [http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=35896&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Africa:%20Who%20Is%20to%20Blame?&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID=&loid=36373# Visions for Africa's Future (02:01)]
 
 
[http://www.blogtalkradio.com/africanviews/2013/04/26/yi-is-soccer-more-than-just-a-sport-to-africans IIs Soccer more than just a Sport to Africans?]
 
 
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kUsGB1nMpE DEATH METAL ANGOLA - Trailer # 1]
 
 
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABSgpqtiMoA African Underground: Hip Hop in Senegal]
 
 
=== West Africa generally ===
 
 
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kbuLyxf7l0 Welcome to Lagos Nigeria - BBC Two Documentary]
 
 
[https://www.youtube.com/user/CDROYburkina Short videos about West Africa] (Burkina Faso, Ghana...)
 
 
[http://films.nfb.ca/nollywood-babylon/ Nollywood Babylon, on the Nigerian film industry] (from the National Film Board of Canada)
 
 
'''Jean Rouch''': seminal French documentary filmmaker-anthropologist, who developed a style of reflexive documentary filmmaking called "cinéma-vérité", blurring boundaries ordinarily separating subject and observer, as well as those separating fiction and non-fiction genres. Rouch is well known for representing West Africa in his films.
 
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbKwC8OBQx4 Jean Rouch's classic "Les Maîtres Fous"]
 
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAsg4_dLlzg Circoncision] - Jean Rouch
 
* [http://anth.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/view/765178/play/true/ Screening Room with Jean Rouch], by Gardner Robert (Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 1980) 78 minutes.
 
* See: http://www.maitres-fous.net/home.html
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=41987&loid=92215&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=A%20Fresh%20Look%20at%20Mali,%20Ghana,%20and%20Nigeria&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID= A Fresh Look at Mali, Ghana, and Nigeria.]
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=49791&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=This%20Is%20Nollywood&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID= Nollywood]
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=49727&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Keita:%20The%20Heritage%20of%20the%20Griot&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID= Keita: The Heritage of the Griot]
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=9050&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Chinua%20Achebe:%20Africas%20Voice&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID= Chinua Achebe][http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=4936&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Chinua%20Achebe&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID=]
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=41966&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Wole%20Soyinka:%20Child%20of%20the%20Forest&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID= Wole Soyinka]
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=37638&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Islamic%20Art:%20Africa%20and%20Central%20Asia&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID= Art] (see #10-13)
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=49783&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Liberia:%20An%20Uncivil%20War&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID= Liberia: An uncivil war]
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=39447&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Who%20Controls%20Africa?%20Power%20Structures%20in%20Ghana,%20Guinea-Bissau,%20and%20Mali&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID=15653 Who controls Africa? Power Structures in Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, and Mali]
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?JW=1&xtid=50443 West Africa—Ghana and the Ivory Coast: Globe Trekker]. Typical cheerily youth-oriented TV documentary, following the backpacker route and reveling in its culture more than cultural empathy or interpretation... but of our destinations are highlighted in parts 1-12.
 
 
[https://ualberta.kanopy.com/video/fela-kuti-music-weapon Fela Kuti: Music is a weapon]
 
 
=== Ghana, its history, culture, and music ===
 
 
==== History ====
 
 
[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC8odNveIauyKGDYsvVbWcxaXhRH5LbzD Ghana's history], in 3 parts ([http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjBcRMjOWzg 1.] See esp. 26:45 Nkrumah's speech and E.T. Mensah on his highlife song, "Freedom". [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWsobQwAOBs 2],[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVj_olyhYX0 3]) Collage of documentaries and news reels - some great footage. Also [www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=lC8JU6jxHgw].
 
 
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIr09k_LMoE Dr Kwame Nkrumah] (short piece from History Channel)
 
 
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1C-aDqgVqzY Yaa Asantewa: Warrior Queen of Ghana][http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzRooY04SHM Yaa Asantewaa and the Golden Stool]. Yaa Asantewaa was a courageous queen who ruled the Asantes and defended against the British.
 
 
[http://www.colonialfilm.org.uk/search-content?page=2&terms4=Gold%20Coast Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire], containing many online films about the Gold Coast, e.g. [http://www.colonialfilm.org.uk/node/211 Gold Coast Police Band's visit to London in 1947], [http://www.colonialfilm.org.uk/node/332][http://www.colonialfilm.org.uk/node/1280][http://www.colonialfilm.org.uk/node/6021][http://www.colonialfilm.org.uk/node/1705 Prince of Wales in Gold Coast],[http://www.colonialfilm.org.uk/node/615][http://www.colonialfilm.org.uk/node/2566][http://www.colonialfilm.org.uk/node/757 colonialism][http://www.colonialfilm.org.uk/node/5735]
 
 
==== Culture and Society ====
 
 
Environment, entertainment, health, economy...
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=3076&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=The%20Ashanti%20Kingdom%20(Ghana)&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID= The Asante Kingdom]
 
 
''Changing Nature: Population and Environment at a Crossroads''. A view of Ghana's environmental issues, especially the rain forests, and their relation to human health and economic welfare...
 
* [http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=34210&loid=28527&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Changing%20Nature:%20Population%20and%20Environment%20at%20a%20Crossroads&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID= Ghana's Threatened Spirit (04:48)]
 
* [http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=34210&loid=28527&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Changing%20Nature:%20Population%20and%20Environment%20at%20a%20Crossroads&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID=# Exploitation and Sustainability in Ghana (02:50)]
 
* [http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=34210&loid=28527&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Changing%20Nature:%20Population%20and%20Environment%20at%20a%20Crossroads&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID=# Ghana's mining camps (04:18)]
 
* [http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=34210&loid=28527&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Changing%20Nature:%20Population%20and%20Environment%20at%20a%20Crossroads&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID=# Ghana's Public Health Efforts (03:54)]
 
 
 
 
[http://anth.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/view/1689388/play/true/ Salt Harvesters of Ghana] (Filmakers Library) 18 minutes. Focus on women's roles in traditional salt production in Ada, near the Volta river.
 
 
 
[http://anth.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/view/1796766 Dreams of Catches Unlimited], in Riches from the Deep 2 (Nordic World) 52 minutes. ''NB: Fast forward to 22:00 and watch to 35:15.'' Centered on fish production near Tema. Includes fishermen's work songs, and focusses on women's roles. We will see lots of fishing villages in Ghana.
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=41987&loid=92215&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=A%20Fresh%20Look%20at%20Mali,%20Ghana,%20and%20Nigeria&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID= A Fresh Look at Mali, Ghana, and Nigeria.] Watch especially parts 5-8 on Ghana (plus #11, on hip-hop in Lagos).
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?JW=1&xtid=48875# Ghana: TV in Africa]. This documentary studies the cultural landscape of Ghana through the lens of that country’s television programming.
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?JW=1&xtid=6135 Healers of Ghana]. (A traditional voiceover style documentary, a bit dated in some ways, but providing some unique views...) This program explores the traditional medical practices of the Bono people of central Ghana and how their healers are cooperating with Western doctors, using herbs and spiritualism to improve health-care delivery in rural areas. Traditionally, Bono tribal priests undergo a painful spiritual possession, during which deities reveal to them the causes of illnesses, which plants to use to treat them, who is perpetrating witchcraft, and which villagers might be endangering society through improper behavior. The program features vibrant dance and possession ceremonies, set against the backdrop of the Bono villages, which are awash with color. (58 minutes)
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=39449&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Dying%20in%20Africa:%20Perspectives%20on%20the%20End%20of%20Life%20in%20Burkina%20Faso,%20Ghana,%20Mali,%20and%20South%20Africa&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID= Dying in Africa: Perspectives on the End of Life in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, and South Africa]. Watch first three segments (on Ghana), and final segment on funeral music (in Burkina Faso)
 
 
[http://anth.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/view/1646954/play/true/ A Mysterious Death], by Bulmer John and Errington Sarah, in Under the Sun (British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), 1999) 49 minutes.
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?JW=1&xtid=49235 Asante Market Women: Disappearing World]. Focus on Kumasi's enormous central market, and the role there of women. Fascinating documentary.
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?JW=1&xtid=33563# Guinea worm]
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?JW=1&xtid=43880 The Interconnected World: An Inside Look at the IMF and Its Impact (45:00)]. See segments 9-11, with focus on Ghana's emerging oil economy. This program guides viewers through the history, mission, and real-world impact of the International Monetary Fund. Topics include...Ghana’s challenges in ensuring that oil revenues benefit the country.
 
 
==== Music ====
 
 
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAzeMQ3l1q4 Highlife: Ghana's Musical Soul] (History of Highlife)
 
 
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJKP4PPMzhE Freedom Highlife], by E.T. Mensah and the Tempos
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=6434&loid= Listening to the Silence: African Cross Rhythms] (featuring Ewe music, Prof. John Collins, and many other wonderful things)
 
 
[http://www.folkstreams.net/film,123 Singing Fishermen of Ghana]
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=10510&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=The%20Drums%20of%20Dagbon&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID= The Drums of Dagbon]
 
 
[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18495493 Could Ghana's new Azonto dance craze take over the world?]. Azonto is [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkLYlWGrFnc Ghana's latest dance style], and it's spread like wildfire, even to [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vHAPqOTOMs London], [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wRueD2NjYE Scandinavia], and [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwipVO0J0IU Canada], far from its roots lie in inner-city Jamestown.
 
 
==== Representing Ghana ====
 
 
[http://anth.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/view/765060/play/true/ Passing Girl: Riverside An Essay On Camera Work], by Braun Kwame (Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 1998) 24 minutes.
 
 
=== The African Diaspora: history, culture, music ===
 
 
Linking Africa to the New World...and back again
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?JW=1&xtid=49793 Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North]. Katrina Browne was shocked to discover that her distinguished Rhode Island forebears had been part of the largest slave-trading dynasty in American history. Once she started digging, Browne found the evidence everywhere—in ledgers, ships’ logs, letters, and even in a local nursery rhyme. This film documents one family’s painful confrontation with their ancestors’ involvement in the slave trade, and in so doing reveals the pivotal role slavery played in the growth of the American economy.
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=30606&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Wrapped%20in%20Pride:%20The%20Story%20of%20Kente%20in%20America&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID= Wrapped in Pride: The Story of Kente in America]
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=6974&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Too%20Close%20to%20Heaven:%20The%20History%20of%20Gospel%20Music&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID= Too Close to Heaven: The History of Gospel Music]
 
 
[http://www.folkstreams.net/film,166 Family Across the Sea]
 
 
[http://www.folkstreams.net/film,59 Gravel Springs Fife and Drum]
 
 
[http://www.folkstreams.net/film,122 Afro-American Work Songs in a Texas Prison]
 
 
[http://www.folkstreams.net/film,82 Black Delta Religion]
 
 
[http://www.folkstreams.net/film,54 Joy Uspeakable] (Pentecostals in Indiana)
 
 
[http://www.folkstreams.net/film,109 The Land Where Blues Began], by Alan Lomax
 
 
[http://www.folkstreams.net/film,52 The Music District]
 
 
[http://www.folkstreams.net/film,185 Music Masters and Rhythm Kings]
 
 
[http://www.folkstreams.net/film,194 The Performed Word]
 
 
[http://www.folkstreams.net/film,72 Fannie Bell Chapman: Gospel Singer]
 
 
== Maps (and map quizzes) ==
 
* [http://cdn.static-economist.com/sites/default/files/true-size-of-africa.jpg Africa's true size] (it's huge!). Click here to compare...
 
* [http://worldmap.harvard.edu/africamap/ Harvard's AfricaMap]
 
* [http://www.oxfordreference.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/view/10.1093/acref/9780199652921.001.0001/acref-9780199652921 World Maps (Oxford)]
 
* [http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=108906578218077644238.000466c231101f447cd3d&t=h&z=6 Google Map showing locations for the Ghana summer program]
 
* [https://www.gifex.com/Africa/index_en.html A range of different maps:  climate, history, colonialism, politics...]
 
* [http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/maps/MAPAFRICA.HTML Historical maps]
 
* [http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/africa.html Modern maps]
 
* [http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/ams/west_africa/ West Africa maps]
 
* [http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/ghana.html Ghana maps]
 
* [http://africamap.harvard.edu/ Harvard's Africa Map project]
 
* [http://www.lizardpoint.com/fun/geoquiz/afrquiz.html interactive map quiz for countries]
 
* [http://www.lizardpoint.com/fun/geoquiz/afrcapquiz.html interactive map quiz for capitals]
 
* [[African geography as a network]]
 
* [http://www.wdl.org/en/item/55/ 1820 Map of Africa]
 
* [http://www.wdl.org/en/item/100/#regions=middle-east-and-north-africa&end_year=1910&start_year=1099 1889 Trading Routes of the Sahara]
 
* [http://www.wdl.org/en/item/2586/zoom/#group=1&page=1&zoom=0.6224&centerX=0.5000&centerY=0.4496 Guinea Itself, as Well as the Greatest Portion of Nigritia or the Land of the Blacks, the One Called Ethiopia Inferior by Modern Geographers, the Other Southern Ethiopia]
 
 
== Ongoing research and development work in Ghana ==
 
 
Every year, we support local schools in Dagbamete through gifts of books and supplies. We've also supported [http://www.jaynii.com/ JayNii streetwise foundation] in Jamestown, and a women's shea nut collective in Tamale.
 
 
We contributed to help [https://sites.google.com/site/kofirichardavi/ Richard Kofi Avi], a terrific drummer from the village of Dzogadze, so that he could complete his high school education. He's now applying to study music at the University of Winneba!  And we're supporting [https://sites.google.com/site/estherayensuesi/ Esther Ayensu], a very talented dancer and actress, to complete her university education in Accra.
 
 
Students also worked on the [http://bit.ly/buducd Giving Voice to Hope] project, supporting Liberian refugee musicians in Ghana.
 
 
Our summer program also includes original field research in the Ghanaian village of Dagbamete, and results are provided to the village as a means of documenting their own history. Read the results of our study here: 
 
'''[[Musical Change in Dagbamete]]'''
 
 
Another ongoing cumulative project, entitled ''Working in Ghana'', takes its cue from Studs Terkel. Transposing [http://www.amazon.com/Working-People-Talk-About-What/dp/1565843428 his famous book about American workers] to Ghana, we've compiled a set of interviews documenting work Ghanaians do, including domestic work, and professions ranging from minister to fisherman. What do people do all day, and how do they feel about it?  The result is a cultural cross-section of Ghanaian life today.
 
 
In Tamale we are working on [http://bit.ly/sngdnc4h Singing and Dancing For Health], a project mobilizing social groups and raising awareness towards better public health through music, dance, and drama.
 
 
== Blogs ==
 
 
[http://blogs.uit.tufts.edu/tuftskiniweinghana/ Tufts Kiniwe trip to Ghana]
 
 
== Reference ==
 
 
* [http://www.oxfordreference.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/view/10.1093/acref/9780195337709.001.0001/acref-9780195337709 Ency. of Africa]
 
* [http://www.oxfordreference.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/view/10.1093/acref/9780199652921.001.0001/acref-9780199652921 World Maps (Oxford)]
 
* [http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/subscriber/ Oxford Music Online]
 
* [http://glnd.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/ Garland Ency. of World Music]
 
* [http://www.oxfordreference.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/view/10.1093/acref/9780195173697.001.0001/acref-9780195173697 Int'l Ency. of Dance]
 
* [http://www.oxfordreference.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/view/10.1093/acref/9780195139778.001.0001/acref-9780195139778 Int'l Ency. of Linguistics]
 
* [http://www.oxfordreference.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/view/10.1093/acref/9780199574193.001.0001/acref-9780199574193 Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance]
 
 
== Bibliography ==
 
 
See reference works above. Also:
 
 
[http://dl.lib.brown.edu/koetting/bibliography.html Brown University], bibliography on Ghanaian music 
 
 
 
=African news: music, culture, and more=
 
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Latest revision as of 09:14, 13 September 2019

Contents

African news: music, culture, and more

Ghana cashes in on slave heritage tourism

Remembering the slave trade

In memoriam: Prof J.H. Kwabena Nketia

Ewe king of the ring

Namsa Leuba's Stunning Photo Series Captures the Mystery and Beauty of Benin’s Voodoo Tradition

Nanny in Jamaica

Rawlings visits Apetorku festival in Dagbamete

In Ghanaian Village, American Woman Reigns As King

How Did A Jam Queen From Ghana Get To Be A Google Doodle?

website-in-progress for A Drummer's Testament

, which is the product of a collaborative ethnographic project. The principal authors are John M. Chernoff and Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulai.

Great Tufts website devoted to Dagomba dance drumming

Mapping Africa

Also see this Time magazine map of principal export commodities

Ghana Highlife Music repository

Ghana: Digital Dumping Ground A penetrating look at the environmental and social impact of electronic waste.

African Art at the Met

(see especially The Age of Iron in West Africa, Arts of Power Associations in West Africa, {http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/asan_1/hd_asan_1.htm Art of the Asante Kingdom], and other exhibits.)

John Collins has put his academic publications online on academia.edu

The Royal Museum for Central Africa

History of Africa from the BBC

Hand painted Ghanaian movie posters, an exhibition

Art & Life in Africa, hosted by the University of Iowa Museum of Art

Islamic tolerance in West Africa

Professor Kofi Agawu on the minimalist impulse in African music

The story of Ghanaian Highlife from the BBC (by John Collins)

Ghana's modern musical history from the BBC

m.anifest is an award-winning rapper and songwriter who's performed with Erykah Badu - and he's Prof. Nketia's grandson!

Ghana's unfinished buildings and sky-high rent

Obituary: Martin Bernal, author of Black Athena

Old Liquor Finds New Life in Ghana Cocktail Scene

Save precious Timbuktu manuscripts!

Du Bois in Our Time...

a landmark exhibition and book that focuses on the intersection of art and the major issues of our time, centered on the legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois and the causes he championed, on the 50th anniversary of his death in Accra, Ghana

Mansa Musa, 14th century Malian king, was richest human being in all history

African Union at 50

Fifty anthems for the African continent. To mark the 50th anniversary of the African Union this year - formerly the Organisation of African Unity, BBC World Service listeners suggested the African songs that summed up the continent to them.

Africa Beats , from the BBC.

Chatham House publications

Ghana's Azonto Craze

Fela Kuti Reissues: Message to an Unknown Soldier

Mali's historic manuscripts

A pioneer in West African literature: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Malian kora legend breaks music barriers

Timbuktu's musical muse , with Mali's Toumani Diabate

Group to Invest N1.4bn in New African Music Platform Called Mokingo