Stories of Musical Change in Dagbamete, Ghana

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The Kathy Armstrong Lodge, Dagbamete, Volta Region, Ghana (2006)

Students in the University of Alberta West African Music, Dance, Society, and Culture summer program reside for nearly two weeks in the village of Dagbamete, near Akatsi, in Ghana's Volta Region, where they conduct field research. This research centers on eliciting stories of musical experience and especially the nature and causes of musical change in the village. Interviewing a wide range of village residents, young and old, students discover some of the ways music and related expressive culture (dance, ritual, costume) has changed over the past century or so. Change has been particularly rapid over the last 20 years, especially with the introduction of electricity, impact of mass media (TV and radio, with resulting impact of urban and Western musical styles) and new technology (cell phones abound, and there's even wireless Internet!), increased urban migration, development of musical tourism (including study groups such as ours), population growth, broader access to education, and globalization. Note: Student researchers typically do not record interviews, but rather take notes which are presented here as summaries or approximations of actual interview exchanges.

These interviews were conducted during summer sessions in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2013.

Important note to research study participants in Dagbamete: if you wish to amend, clarify, extend, supplement, edit, correct, delete or make any other changes to your entry, please email me with your requested changes and we will be happy to make them for you.

Read about interviews with...

Ablayo Dunyo
Aglago Koblyee Lot
Afaxue Emenornu
Aku (Vena) Davor
Ama Dogbellia
Amuzu Dunyo
Andrew Dunyo, Cuju Dunyo Moses, and Daniel Afotey
Angelina Dunyo
Avu Adukpo
Beta Davor
Beta, Felicia and Happy Davor
Cecilia Addy
Christy Agbodeka
Dagbui Mavis
Daniel Afotey
Dovia Daniel Kwaku
Dzogbana Gawu Mortu
Emilia and Kofi
Etornam Attioe
Etornam Attioe and Ama Dogbellia
Felicia Davor
Felix Kalabo
Francis Honu
Godsway Dunyo
Grace Efua Davor
Happy Davor
Hunua Yao Dunyo
Ivy Dargaba
Jacob Kwabla
Jared Davor
Jonathan Dots
Kofi Dunyo
Kudzo Dunyo
Kwabla Johnson Davor
Kwabla Johnson Davor and Moses Kwadzo Dunyo
Kwasi Davor
Kwasi Dunyo
Kwasi and Kofi Dunyo
Ledzi Agudzemegah
Mavis Dovlo
Moses Kwadzo Dunyo
Nicholas Awuku
Nunekpako Favour
Oliver Torgboh
Patrick Sokpoli
Sakora Dzemesi
Samuel Agbodeke
Samuel Agbodeke and Aglago Koblyee Lot
Samuel and Yaogah Robert Agbodeke
Sunday Nyakpo
(Super) Kwame Kwamrivi Agbodeka
Togbe Agudzemegah
Vivian Dunyo
Wisdom Dunyo
Wisdom Sokpoli
Wisdom and Patrick Sokpoli
Yao Dunyo
Yaogah Robert Agbodeke

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