Renowned composer & musicologist Kwabena Nketia dies

2019-03-14 18:38:26

The man described as Africa's premier ethnomusicologist and composer, Emeritus Professor Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia, has died.

The world-famous writer died at Legon Hospital in Accra on Wednesday after a short illness, at the age of 97.

Kwabena has been called a ‘living legend’ and easily the most published and best known authority on African music and aesthetics in the world by experts.

He has more than 200 publications and 80 musical compositions to his credit.

Nketia was also a professor of music at UCLA and the University of Pittsburgh, and lectured in many prestigious universities worldwide, including Harvard University, Stanford University, University of Michigan, City University London, the University of Brisbane in Australia, the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and the China Conservatory of Music, Beijing.

He was a professor of music at the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, where he began teaching in 1952.