Finally, the DVD and Blu Ray versions of African Maestro arrived and we were overjoyed to present copies to Prof. Kwabena Nketia. The presentation of the DVDs took place at his residence at Madina in Accra. We are happy to have partnered with the Centre for World Performance Studies, University of Michigan and The Michigan Musical Heritage Project. Photo Caption: L-Emeritus Prof. Kwabena Nketia, Anita Afonu, Roaming Akuba Films and Prof. Kwasi Ampene, University of Michigan, USA.
Professor Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia is essentially the most important music scholar in Ghana and an amazing composer with a storied history spanning decades. His expertise in music theory and composition has created a foundation for contemporary composers around the world to understand Ghanaian and African music. Still active at the age of 93, he maintains office hours at the University of Ghana-Legon, holds speaking engagements around Accra and supports Ghana’s music scene. His awards and publications are too long to list and now, there is a documentary to honor and remember his lifetime of amazing work. Ben Cohn spoke to Anita Afonu, the director of African Maestro, a documentary about Professor Nketia, the development of the Roaming Akuba film production company, and Ghana’s movie industry.