The sights and sounds of Africa fill the air when Paschal Yao Younge, a multi-talented musician, performs/teaches world percussion music and dance forms internationally, focusing on styles from Africa or the African Diaspora. Prior to coming to Ohio University, he taught at West Virginia University where he served as Director of the World Music Center and African Music Studies and also at University of Ghana where he was Principal Music Instructor and Director of several ensembles including brass bands, choirs and other instrumental groups.
As a specialist in African choral and brass band music, clinician in sub-Saharan African music and dance, world percussion and advocate of multicultural music education, Dr. Younge has presented and performed at national festivals and conferences in over 30 states in the US and 15 countries internationally. Future scheduled activities include performing, teaching and conducting research in China, Ghana, India, Spain, Greece; Newly published book “Music and Dance Traditions of Ghana: History, Performance and Teaching” and 10-DVD Set “Dance-Drumming Ceremonies of Ghana” was released in the fall of 2011.
Dr. Younge holds degrees from the National Academy of Music, now University of
Education, Winneba, Ghana, University of Ghana, Legon and West Virginia University
USA. His Teaching, Research and Performance Interests focus on African Music and Dance, African Brass Band Music, African and World Choral Music, Non-western Percussion, Intercultural and Multicultural Music Education and Curricula development, Performance Practices of Black Atlantic Music and Creativity, Dialogue and Interaction in World Art Cultures: sub-Saharan Africa, Black America and Asia.