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Doctoral candidate Divine Kwasi Gbagbo publishes in African Music

Doctoral candidate Divine Kwasi Gbagbo publishes in African Music
Wegbe, Ghana, 2016. Photo by Dr. Nathan Crook.
African Music Cover issue 136

Divine Kwasi Gbagbo, a doctoral student studying ethnomusicology in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts, recently published a co-authored article with D. Rose Elder in the journal African Music. The article is entitled "Storytelling Songs of the Èwè-Dòmè of Ghana." The article discusses the way in which storytelling is a vital practice used to transmit key lessons for the Central Èwè or Èwè-Dòmè people of Ghana’s Volta Region. It documents the social role of songs in the context of storytelling as well as the performance practices, texts, melodies, rhythms, and harmonies of this traditional musical genre in the face of numerous threats to its ongoing existence.

African Music is an annual peer-reviewed journal that was established in 1954 by Hugh Tracey, founder of the International Library of African Music. The journal publishes original articles pertaining to African music and related arts.