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Kwasi Ampene

Associate Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies in LS&A, Director of the Center for World Performance Studies, Associate Director of the Stearns Collection, Associate Professor of Music
Office: 4700 Haven Hall

As an African music specialist, Ampene specializes in the rich musical traditions of the Akan of Ghana. His publications include, Female Song Tradition and the Akan of Ghana: The Creative Process in Nnwonkoro (Ashgate UK, 2005), “Mensah, E.T.” in the New Encyclopedia of Africa (Charles Scribner’s Sons/The Gale Group, 2007); a review of Jackie Djedje's Fiddling in West Africa, in the American Ethnologist,and Ruth Stone’s Music of West Africa in the flagship journal, Ethnomusicology (2007). He has given numerous presentations on various aspects of African musics and cultures at major universities, national, and international conferences including the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing (2005), the 2nd International Symposium on the Music of Africa at Princeton University (2005), a colloquium at the University of Ghana (2008), and the 2009, 54th Annual Meeting of the SEM in Mexico City.

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