Stories of Musical Change in Dagbamete, Ghana
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.
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Aglago Koblyee Lot
Aku (Vena) Davor
Andrew Dunyo, Cuju Dunyo Moses, and Daniel Afotey
Beta, Felicia and Happy Davor
Dovia Daniel Kwaku
Dzogbana Gawu Mortu
Emilia and Kofi
Etornam Attioe and Ama Dogbellia
Grace Efua Davor
Hunua Yao Dunyo
Kwabla Johnson Davor
Kwabla Johnson Davor and Moses Kwadzo Dunyo
Kwasi and Kofi Dunyo
Moses Kwadzo Dunyo
Samuel Agbodeke and Aglago Koblyee Lot
Samuel and Yaogah Robert Agbodeke
(Super) Kwame Kwamrivi Agbodeka
Wisdom and Patrick Sokpoli
Yaogah Robert Agbodeke
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