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Ensemble History: Music and Dance of Ghana Ensemble

The Music and Dance of Ghana Ensemble began as a study group when two drummers from Ghana -- Robert Ayitee, an Ewe, and Robert Bonsu, an Asante -- served as visiting lecturers at UCLA in during the 1966-1967 academic year. The course, Music 45D/Music 145D (Music and Dance of Ghana), was offered for the first time when Kwasi Badu began teaching at UCLA. Instructors include: Hazel Chung Hood (1964-72); Robert Ayitee (1966-67); Robert Osei Bonsu (1966-67); Kwasi Badu (1968-74); graduate student Phil Harland; Kobla Ladzekpo (1976 to the present); Beatrice Lawluvi and Yeko Ladzekpo-Cole. For more information see Music and Dance of West Africa Ensemble.

For further information:
Schrag, Brian, Grooving at the Nexus: The Intersection of African Music and Euro-American Ethnomusicology at UCLA
Originally published in 2000; revised in 2009.

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Ayitee and Bonsu playing Ewe drums from
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Photo: Courtesy Ethnomusicology Archive

Robert Ayitee teaching drumming
Photo: Courtesy Ethnomusicology Archive

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Robert Ayitee dancing with student
Photo: Courtesy Ethnomusicology Archive
Ghana students dancing and drumming
Photo: Courtesy Ethnomusicology Archive
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Ghana students dancing
Photo: Courtesy Ethnomusicology Archive
Ghana students dancing
Photo: Courtesy Ethnomusicology Archive

 

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Music of West Africa Ensemble (2006)
Photo: Todd Cheney
Kobla Ladzekpo (2006)
Photo: Todd Cheney
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