Professor Kwabena Nketiah

Professor Kwabena Nketiah Passes On

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Fruttiboxx understands that Prof. Kwabena Nketia died at the Legon Hospital in Accra on Wednesday morning after a short illness, The late Professor was born on June 22, 1921 at Mampong, in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Prof. Kwabena Nketia obtained his first musical education, and eventually trained as a teacher at the Presbyterian Training College, where he later taught and was appointed Acting Principal in 1952.

He obtained a Ghanaian Government Scholarship at age 23 to go study phonetics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. In 1949, Prof. Kwabena Nketia continued to Birkeck College, University of London and Trinity College of Music, London, to obtain his Bachelor of Arts Degree.

He is widely known globally as a musicologist and a composer. He is to African music what Bartok is to Western music. Of all the interpreters of African music and aesthetics, Nketia sets the pace.


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Overwhelming legacy. A life well lived. Grandpa, thank you. Your humanity was your greatest composition ❤️✨🖤

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