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Ghana Studies
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ISSN (Print) 1536-5514 - ISSN (Online) 2333-7168
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  • A Note from the Editors

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      Abstract: We are happy to bring you the latest issue of Ghana Studies. This volume, the journal's 24th, brings together three innovative essays. Opening the volume is a historical and methodological reflection by Richard Rathbone on a relationship he formed with one of the accused in the 1944 Kyebi ritual murder case while writing his 1993 book, Murder and Politics in Colonial Ghana (Yale). In this piece, Rathbone meditates on the connections forged between researchers and those on whom they are writing, particularly when the attachments of friendship come into conflict with the expectations and methods of academic research.Following Rathbone's essay, Paul Agoe interrogates the uses and meanings of Ghanaian cloth and ... Read More
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  • Juggling Detachment and Empathy: The Joys and Discomforts of Dealing with
           the Oral Witness of the Living

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      Abstract: Many years ago, I began working on what is, for older Ghanaians at least, an infamous murder about which people still speak.1 It was a case which Kwame Nkrumah once hinted might provide us with some of the explanation of the less ideological motives of some of Ghana's pioneer nationalists in the mid-1940s; as I was a political historian at the time, it was this idea which initially grabbed my attention. It was an exciting prospect to imagine that we could acquire some additional clues about the personal passions of at least three of the most significant men behind the foundation of Ghana's first post-war nationalist movement, the United Gold Coast Convention or UGCC.2 The late 1980s was the right time to start this ... Read More
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  • Not Just Clothes: The Importance of Traditional Clothes to Ghanaians in
           Oldenburg

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      Abstract: As has been noted, there is a symbiotic relationship between mobility and materiality (Basu & Coleman, 2008). Thus, immigrants transport various material objects, including clothing, to destination areas for different reasons and purposes, and all these objects that are transported deserve scholarly attention (Frykman, 2016). These material objects, alongside relationships and practices, are central to migration and the migration experience (Basu & Coleman, 2008), and clothing and dress can be seen as part of this experience. Showing pride in one's place of origin, and willingness to be identified as such, are strong reasons for immigrants' keeping and dressing in traditional or indigenous clothing and textiles ... Read More
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  • Alhaji Yusuf Soalihu Ajura (Afa Ajura): Reflections on Continued Islamic
           Renewal in Ghana, 1890–2010

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      Abstract: Alhaji Yusuf Soalihu (Afa Ajura) c.1910–2004 played a crucial role in the reinterpretation of the ethical ideal of Islam, and because of this, an examination of his personality becomes essential to our understanding of Islamic renewal in Ghana. While there is no intention in this article to suggest the scholarly significance of Afa Ajura's ideas, the justification for studying Afa Ajura derives from three factors with associated signification: firstly, the public controversy created by his activities; secondly, his critique—in poetry and sermons—of decadence in Islamic practice, often blamed on Niasse Tijaniyya,1 and thirdly, his determination to command right and forbid wrongdoing along lines consistent with his ... Read More
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  • Introduction: Provocative Musings and [Re]solutions

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      Abstract: This forum on Kofi Agawu's The African Imagination in Music (French translation, L'imagination africaine en musique, 2020) brings together three outstanding voices—Ingrid Monson, Bode Omojola, and Martin Scherzinger—with transcultural and transdisciplinary interests in African musical expressions. The authors share their reflections and provide critical commentaries inspired by key themes in the book. To round up the forum, Agawu is given the opportunity to respond to the commentaries. It is hoped that the issues raised, and the author's response, will generate further debate in African music studies, ethnomusicology, and music studies in general. The notion of an African imagination is not an entirely new concept. ... Read More
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  • Music Analysis and the Dignity of African Music

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      Abstract: In The African Imagination in Music, Kofi Agawu offers a magisterial synthesis of his work on African music that seeks to provide a conceptual framework for thinking about all music "conceived, created and performed" by Africans (p. 3). Long a critic of approaches to African music that fetishize difference, he offers a distinction between what is "truly African" (p. 18) and what is "uniquely African." The truly African does not need to prove its uniqueness, only "to live out its status as sincere utterance" (p. 18). For Agawu, African music contains "a level of procedural sameness based on certain broad organizational attitudes and propensities" that deserve to be closely analyzed musically. The book contains ... Read More
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  • Composing and Contemplating African Melo-Rhythmic Polyphony

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      Abstract: Growing up in the Ekiti region in Western Nigeria, home and school represented two contrasting worlds of music for me. The modal music that I sang at home differed significantly from the tonal harmonies that we performed at school and in church, two public spaces where the cultural impact of British colonial rule lingers. At variance with Handel and Bach's diatonic and triadic harmonies are the secundal harmonies of Ekiti music, sung to articulate cadential points. The cultural practice of harmonizing in major seconds was at the core of the dual consciousness that typified my childhood musicality. The minimalist use of harmony in Ekiti music raises pertinent questions. What, for example, is the significance of ... Read More
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  • In Defense of African Harmony

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      Abstract: For the music scholar Kofi Agawu, it is impossible to consider cultural phenomena apart from their discursive historical conditions. But the critique that drives his oeuvre is not merely cultural in nature, but productive and political: at its base, we find flashing glimpses of imaginative systems, embedded in music itself, that gesture toward fundamental aspects of African musicality. Without dismissing the collective contributions of an expanding field of engagement, African music remains all-too-often asymmetrically abbreviated by the default methodological leanings of its many representations. In his response to this widespread limitation, Agawu winds the ethical and the aesthetic tightly together: the incisive ... Read More
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  • On Responses to The African Imagination in Music

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      Abstract: I'm grateful to the editors of Ghana Studies for the honor of publishing a forum on my book, The African Imagination in Music. My thanks to Kwasi Ampene for organizing the forum, and to Ingrid Monson, Bode Omojola, and Martin Scherzinger for their thoughtful and critical responses. While book forums are not uncommon, forums dedicated to books about African music are extremely rare. Thus, there is, perhaps, a good reason to prolong this moment, and I welcome the opportunity to respond briefly to what my colleagues have written.Let me begin by saying something about the book's origins. For a number of years, I taught a "Music of Africa" course to undergraduates at Yale, Princeton and Harvard. Many were non-majors, so ... Read More
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