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 musical experience and especially musical change in the village, its nature and causes. 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.

Read about interviews with...

Afaxue Emenornu
Angelina Dunyo
Ayu Adogbo
Beta Davor
Dagbui Mavis
Daniel Afotey
Etornam and Ama
Felix Kalabo
Godsway Dunyo
Grace Efi Davor
Hunua Yao Dunyo
Jacob Kwabla
Jonathan Dots
Kofi Dunyo
Kwasi Davor
Kwasi Dunyo and Kofi
Ledzi Agudzemegan
Mavis Dovlo
Nicholas Awuku
Nunekpako Favour
Sakora Dzemesi
Sunday Nyakpo
Wisdom Dunyo

Browse a Dagbamete photo album 2007-2008