Urban & Rural music in Community: Participatory music-making in Ghana (May 2023)

Photo Credit: M. Richardson

This “Africa Study Abroad” course will immerse students in the vibrant musical culture and community life in Dagbamete, an Ewe village in the Volta Region of Ghana, as well as offer opportunities to explore the urban musical culture of Ghana’s capital city, Accra. Through participatory music-making, critical discussion, and reflective and experiential assignments, students will develop an understanding of the connections between music and community in Ghana and implications for their own studies. The course will be based at the West African Cultural Exchange Centre in Dagbamete, which is founded and directed by Kwasi Dunyo. In addition, students will spend some time in Accra with sessions at the University of Ghana at Legon.

The course will be taught by Kathy Armstrong, M.Mus, MA, as well as guest lecturers and instructors based in Ghana.

View Past Study Abroad Courses

2022 – Women’s Writing of French-speaking West Africa, in translation II (Cancelled)

2021 – Women’s Writing of French-speaking West Africa, in translation 

2020 – Inequality: Cape Town, South Africa (Cancelled)

2019 – Social Media and Youth Cultures in a Changing Continent, Nairobi, Kenya (Cancelled)

2018 – Social Media & the Public Sphere in Africa (Nairobi, Kenya)

2017 – Migration Lives and Livelihoods in South Africa

2016 – The Challenges of Addressing Global Inequalities in Health through the lens of HIV/AIDS (Malawi)

2015 – The Challenges of Development and Democracy in Africa (Ghana).

2014 – The Evolution of the Media in Post-Genocide Rwanda (Rwanda)

2013 – African Music in Culture ( University of Ghana at Legon and West African Cultural Exchange Centre in Dagbamete, Ghana)

2012 – African Cinema on Location (Institut Imagine, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso)
African Cinema on Location featured in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Newsletter FASSinate

2011 – Health and Healthcare in post-Apartheid South Africa (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban)