Archive for the Dagara Musical Scholar Category

Indigenizing Religious Music: The Role of the Gyil in Dagara Christian Worship

By Bernard Woma Guy Beck writing about the significance of music in religious activity says that “Religion and music are understood to be universal features of human culture and society.” In his view, “group performances of sacred songs or hymns consolidated various human communities into a religious […]

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Teaching and Performing African Music in American Schools: An Integrated Curriculum Through Arts Based Programming

By Bernard Woma. The teaching and study of West African music in schools and colleges in the United States has a long history. Starting from the early 1960s and 1970s, a number of African expert musicians and performers have established themselves and taught African music dance in […]

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THE SOCIO-POLITICAL DIMENSION OF DAGARA FUNERAL RITUAL, MUSIC AND DIRGE

By Bernard Woma Funeral music and dirge are forms of public discourse through which Dagara oral history and traditional beliefs are expressed and communicated to the ritual participants by the musicians and dirge singers. As public rhetoric, the textual themes of Dagara funeral music and dirge are […]

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