Ghana’s astute scholar and ethnomusicologist, Emeritus Professor Joseph Hansen Kwabena Nketia has died at the age of 97.
The grandfather to musician Manifest who was regarded as a bridge between Ghana’s indigenous and modern culture, died Wednesday. He would have been 98 years on June 22 this year.
Family sources confirmed the demise of the Ghanaian patriotic to 3news.com Wednesday afternoon, but declined to give details.
He has over 80 classical African music compositions and 200 scholarly publications in English and Twi languages, which he used as a vessel to write more than 20 books. His works have shaped African studies within and outside of Ghana.
The Kwabena Nketia Centre for Africana Studies on September 27, 2017, organised a festival to celebrate him for his scholarly contributions towards the development African History.
“Emeritus Prof. Nketia’s life symbolizes the evolution of our nation in the 20th Century. There are many parallels in his life’s story, which mirrors the national endeavors in the country,” Asantehene Otumfuor Osei Tutu II said of him at the event.
He remained intellectually active even at 95 years as he launched his last book publication, Reinstating Traditional Music in Contemporary Contexts, on June 22, 2016.