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==='''[[Ghana 2013 syllabi | 2013 program syllabi, archived]] '''===
==='''[[Ghana 2013 syllabi | 2013 program syllabi, archived]] '''===
==African news: music, culture, and more==
= [[African News, Arts, and Culture]] =
===[https://face2faceafrica.com/article/from-ghanaian-prince-to-king-of-the-ring-isaac-dogboe-rules-global-boxing-at-23-years-old Ewe king of the ring]===
===[http://www.okayafrica.com/namsa-leuba-weke-photo-series-captures-mystery-beauty-benin-voodoo/?mc_cid=9baf365aef&mc_eid=038b04e547 Namsa Leuba's Stunning Photo Series Captures the Mystery and Beauty of Benin’s Voodoo Tradition]===
===[https://face2faceafrica.com/article/meet-nanny-the-ashanti-woman-from-ghana-who-ended-up-as-freedom-fighter-and-hero-in-jamaica Nanny in Jamaica]===
===[http://www.dagbamete.org/news/ Rawlings visits Apetorku festival in Dagbamete]===
===[http://www.npr.org/2010/11/11/130902212/in-ghanaian-village-american-woman-reigns-as-king In Ghanaian Village, American Woman Reigns As King]===
===[http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/04/18/524532769/how-did-a-jam-queen-from-ghana-get-to-be-a-google-doodle How Did A Jam Queen From Ghana Get To Be A Google Doodle?]===
===[http://www.adrummerstestament.com/ 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.
===[http://sites.tufts.edu/dagomba/ Great Tufts website devoted to Dagomba dance drumming] ===
===[http://mic.com/articles/110652/these-amazing-maps-show-the-true-diversity-of-africa Mapping Africa]===
Also see this [http://time.com/106666/world-export-maps/ Time magazine map of principal export commodities]
===[http://www.fondation-langlois.org/html/e/page.php?NumPage=2260 Ghana Highlife Music repository]===
===[http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/ghana804/video/video_index.html Ghana: Digital Dumping Ground] A penetrating look at the environmental and social impact of electronic waste.  ===
===[http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hi/te_index.asp?s=africa&t=all&x=18&y=10 African Art at the Met] ===
(see especially [http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/iron/hd_iron.htm The Age of Iron in West Africa], [http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/powe/hd_powe.htm 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.)
===[https://universityofghana.academia.edu/EJohnCollins John Collins] has put his academic publications online on academia.edu ===
===[http://www.africamuseum.be/home The Royal Museum for Central Africa] ===
===[http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/africa/features/storyofafrica/ History of Africa from the BBC] ===
===[https://www.facebook.com/events/1390524757881372/ Hand painted Ghanaian movie posters], an exhibition ===
===[http://africa.uima.uiowa.edu/ Art & Life in Africa], hosted by the University of Iowa Museum of Art===
===[http://aodl.org/islamictolerance/ Islamic tolerance in West Africa]===
===[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GAB_XQe1Us&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PLxQJVf2uThd2_Lg21f5eXn_6Wxhi567nm Professor Kofi Agawu on the minimalist impulse in African music] ===
===[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3695260.stm The story of Ghanaian Highlife from the BBC (by John Collins)]===
===[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6289763.stm Ghana's modern musical history from the BBC]===
===[http://manifestmc.com/ m.anifest is an award-winning rapper and songwriter who's performed with Erykah Badu - and he's Prof. Nketia's grandson!]===
===[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-23200705 Ghana's unfinished buildings and sky-high rent]===
===[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/23/arts/martin-bernal-black-athena-scholar-dies-at-76.html?_r=0 Obituary:  Martin Bernal, author of Black Athena ]===
===[http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/liquor-finds-life-ghana-cocktail-scene-19444471 Old Liquor Finds New Life in Ghana Cocktail Scene]===
===[http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/timbuktu-libraries-in-exile?c=home Save precious Timbuktu manuscripts!]===
===[http://www.umass.edu/umpress/title/du-bois-our-time 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
===[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/world-history/meet-mansa-musa-i-of-mali--the-richest-human-being-in-all-history-8213453.html Mansa Musa, 14th century Malian king, was richest human being in all history]===
===African Union at 50===
[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22614848 Fifty anthems for the African continent.]  To mark the [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22602946 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.
[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17679490 Africa Beats] , from the BBC.
[http://www.chathamhouse.org/research/africa/current-projects/african-union-50 Chatham House publications]
===[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18495493 Ghana's Azonto Craze]===
===[http://thinkafricapress.com/nigeria/fela-kuti-reissues-message-unknown-soldier Fela Kuti Reissues: Message to an Unknown Soldier]===
===[http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/28/world/africa/timbuktu-manuscripts/?hpt=hp_c3 Mali's historic manuscripts]===
===[http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/international/2013/05/17/african-voices-chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-a.cnn.html A pioneer in West African literature: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie]===
===[http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/19/showbiz/toumani-diabate-kora-afrocubism/index.html Malian kora legend breaks music barriers]===
[http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/19/showbiz/toumani-diabate-kora-afrocubism/index.html Timbuktu's musical muse] , with Mali's Toumani Diabate
===[http://allafrica.com/stories/201305280411.html?page=2 Group to Invest N1.4bn in New African Music Platform Called Mokingo]===
= 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.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
Booker T Washington
George Padmore
[[Marcus Garvey]]
Martin Luther King
Claudia Jones
John Henrik Clarke
Ida B Wells
Ella Baker
Maulana Karenga
Cheikh Anta Diop
Walter Rodney
== 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.
=== Overviews of African history===
Basil Davidson's acclaimed BBC Africa series
* [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]
* Note above links are now dysfunctional ; try [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20qNNevQtfc&list=PLQXhujdDykQe0NTtC7peVNaigJNiAceOY]  etc.
[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 ===
[http://digital.films.com/portalsearch.aspx?pstid=15653 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 ==
* [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://mic.com/articles/110652/these-amazing-maps-show-the-true-diversity-of-africa Mapping Africa]
* [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 we'll likely visit on the summer program]
* [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 

Revision as of 20:26, 7 January 2019

Ghana 2017: Music for Global Human Development, July 3 to August 11, 2017

Note: the 2017 summer program has concluded. The next program will likely be offered in 2019 or 2020 - stay tuned or write Michael Frishkopf for more information.

The Department of Music and the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology are proud to offer a new Ghana summer program for 2017 : Music for Global Human Development in West Africa, centered at the University for Development Studies in northern Ghana (the main campus is located in Tamale, capital of Ghana's Northern Region), preceded by a two days of initial orientation in Accra. The 9 credit (3 course) program will run from July 3 to Aug 11 2017, and offer credit for both the Certificate in International Learning and Certificate in Community Service Learning.

There are routes for both undergraduate and graduate study, and "Open Studies" students who are not enrolled in any university program. The summer program is available to anyone age 18 and up.

Click here to apply (http://bit.ly/ghanamusic17) (or visit the Horizons Portal and search for "Music for Global Human Development")

Note that $2250 in scholarship funding is available to the first 14 early applicants from the UofA - apply now! (Non-UofA students can receive $1000.)

See this recent writeup in the Faculty of Art's blog.

See course syllabi here.

The 9 credit summer program comprises social science, humanities, and performing arts components and is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Music and dance performance is central, but no musical experience or talent is required to succeed. CSL credit will be provided, as we work in partnership with a local NGO, Youth Home Cultural Group.

The program centers on the role of music (and sound, and all related performance arts -- dance, poetry, drama -- as well as visual arts, costume, design) towards promoting human development, either directly (by carrying specific development messages designed to change attitudes and behaviors, or indirectly, by fostering social cohesion, building civil society and strengthening identity & cultural continuity - see the Music for Global Human Development (M4GHD) project and -- for an example -- Singing and Dancing for Health, a recent project in Northern Ghana.

The University for Development Studies covers the spectrum of academic disciplines, with a focus on development. The 9 credit program, which will include aspects of the University's new Development Action Through Expressive Media (DATEM), will include three component courses: (1) African music and dance practice - Music x44; (2) African development (including some historical and cultural background to development issues today) with both classroom and field components; and (3) Music for Global Human Development, extending "music" to "expressive culture" and taking advantage of DATEM offerings (but focused on music and dance approaches primarily).

We will work with UDS faculty on full or half day sessions in order to learn about their research areas, and the ways they apply their research to practical development problems in Ghana's north - particularly in the domains of global health, education, nutrition and poverty alleviation, gender equality, peace and justice, and environment, with reference to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. We will volunteer with Youth Home Cultural Group to support their projects with children and youth in Tamale. Students will also work collaboratively on a music/global health project located in the village of Tolon - see Singing and Dancing for Health - designed to simultaneously address health and social issues. There may also be opportunities for medical students to substitute hospital-based training in Tamale for this segment.

During the course of this program we will spend time in urban and rural areas of Ghana's north, centered on the regional capital of Tamale, with an extended fieldwork stay in the village of Tolon, quite close to Tamale, where the Singing and Dancing for Health project is in progress, as well as a preliminary 2-day orientation period in Accra.

Excursions to sites of natural, historical and cultural interest, including the Mole wildlife preserve, the Larabanga Mosque, and other destinations in the vicinity of Tamale, Wa, or Navrongo are possible through optional weekend trips.

We will spend the first two days in in Accra, studying music, dance, and healing, and touring Accra, for a broader perspective on Ghana as a whole. We will then travel to Tamale, our base for the next five weeks, before spending the final week in a nearby village, Tolon. Weekends will provide opportunities for excursions around Ghana's north. Here is a map displaying these locations, as well as some of our potential travel destinations, with images. (see http://bit.ly/ghanamusicmap)

The program comprises 3 courses (9 credits): two in music (Music 144/444/544 "West African Music Ensemble", and Music 365/565 "Topics/Area Studies in Ethnomusicology") and one in interdisciplinary studies (INT D 325 and INT D 530: Development). No prior musical training or ability is required. Airfares are highly dependent on point of origin.


  • $1,596.24 for 9 UofA credits (3 semester courses)- for Canadians and Canadian residents (more for non-Canadians). Note: non-UofA students register through Open Studies.
  • $800 mandatory fees (attached to Music 365 and 565) - these will be used to cover room/board for the final week in Tolon and internal flights to/from Tamale, as well as additional programming.
  • $1050 room and board (or $30/day for 5 weeks -but you can easily reduce your food costs depending on where you take your meals; a local meal costs under $5; room averages under $14/day. Much less expensive than living in Canada!)

Total: $3,446.24 (more for non-Canadians and Open Studies)


  • international ticket to Accra: cost can vary greatly; from Edmonton likely to range from $1700 to $3000 and up, depending on timing and airline. Note that you may like to use the trip as an opportunity to explore other locations through stopovers (often free) in Europe, North Africa, or the Middle East. This is completely acceptable so long as you arrive in Accra by the start date, and don't depart before the final program day.
  • cost of visa/photos (Ghana requires a visa which you can obtain by mail from Toronto or Ottawa; be sure you have a passport not expiring imminently.
  • vaccines & insurance (if needed). Note: everyone requires a Yellow Fever vaccine - the vaccination card is required to obtain a visa and must be carried to Ghana for entry.
  • recommended: about $500 in additional cash (estimated) to cover incidentals, gifts, unforeseen emergencies, etc. (note: there are many ATMS for cash; bring your bank card)


  • The first 15 UofA students to apply will receive $1750 each; non-UofA students will receive $500 each.


  • grad route:
    • Music 565 "Music for Global Human Development in West Africa"
    • Music 544 "West African Music Ensemble"
    • INT D 530 "West African Development"
  • undergrad route:
    • Music 365 "Music for Global Human Development in West Africa"
    • Music 144 or 444 "West African Music Ensemble"
    • INT D 325 "West African Development"

Please contact me by email if you are interested and I'll put you on the list.

See below for information pertaining to the 2013 program, which was rather different in some respects (but still rather similar in others).


Welcome to the Ghana Music Wiki

This wiki is dedicated to the University of Alberta's Ghana 9 credit summer study abroad program, entitled West African Music, Dance, Society, and Culture.

The program comprises social science, humanities, and performing arts components, and is formally equivalent to three semester-long University of Alberta courses, available at both undergraduate and graduate levels. There are no prerequisites for these courses (in music or African studies, or anything else), or for the program as a whole.

Music and dance are central to the program, but as a gateway to broader understanding of African societies, rather than as an end in themselves. We will study a wide range of topics from a range of disciplines: linguistics, literature, drama studies, religious studies, politics, history... We also connect the study of West Africa to the study of the Americas through inclusion of pan-Africanism, and consideration of the "Black Atlantic".

In this wiki you'll find lots of program information, as well as reference materials - it's a repository of information about Ghana, West Africa, and Africa as a whole -- with lots of links to music, video, and text.

Please read on!

Questions? Please write Michael Frishkopf, michaelf@ualberta.ca.

Main pages contained in this wiki

The page you're now reading contains primarily news and resources about Africa, especially music and West Africa. Find out more about the program via the following links:

University of Alberta summer study abroad in Ghana: program overview

Preparing for the Ghana Program: what to do before you go

2017 program syllabi

2013 program syllabi, archived 

African News, Arts, and Culture