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Adjei,Kwafo Godwin

GODWIN KWAFO ADJEI - RESEARCH FELLOW

Mr. Godwin Kwafo AdjeiDr. Adjei is an Ethnomusicologist and is the head of the Music and Dance section of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon. He holds a Diploma in music from the then National Academy of Music which is now a University College of Education, Winneba; B. Mus. from the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana, Legon, an M.Phil and a PhD in African Studies from the University of Ghana, Legon.

Dr. Adjei's scholarship is in Court Music and chieftaincy in general; Asafo Music; Youth cultures; Music and politics; Popular music and a study of the musical works of Prof. J. H. Kwabena Nketia.

Dr. Adjei's has one publication titled, De-Monopolizing the male dominance of state drumming in Ghana? The Axim experience in the Research Review of IAS, Legon two others which have been submitted for publication. They are i). "Music and the Challenge of Democracy in Ghana" (A joint paper with Dr. Kojo Aidoo) and ii). "Transformation Techniques in African Art Music: A Case Study of Three Selected Works of J. H. Kwabena Nketia for Solo Voice and Piano"

Dr. Adjei is currently working on two articles for publication. These are:

1. Evolving ceremonial protocols in Chieftaincy: A case study and
2. A study of Youth cultures: A case study of the youth of Madina, Accra.

    Positions held by Dr. Adjei at the University include the following:

    1. Acting Administrative Secretary, Institute of African Studies, April 2005 to September, 2006
    2. Facilitator, Chieftaincy, Governance and Development project of IAS, 2000-2004
    3. All the statutory committees of the Institute.

    WORKSHOPS ATTENDED

    1. Workshop for the preparation of a draft strategy for the Cultural Dimension in Denmark's Co-operation with the developing countries. 1st & 2nd June, 2001
    2. Seminar on Islam and Traditional Leadership Chalets 7th to 9th November, 2001
    3. Symposium on Chieftaincy, Governance and Development -Multi-disciplinary consensus building. 24th May to 26th June, 2002.
    4. Para-legal training workshop for Female Traditional Leaders, October 30 - November 4, 2006
    5. Para-legal training workshop for Female Traditional Leaders, 2nd workshop December 8-12, 2006 (Facilitator /Rapporteur)
    6. Capacity Building workshop for Female Traditional Leaders on Conflict Resolution and Mediation (FTL) , North Ridge Hotel, May 24-25, 2007

    CONFERENCES ATTENDED

    1. National Conference on Chieftaincy, Governance and Development Project, Institute of African Studies, Legon. 17th January to 20th January 2001 (Rapporteur)
    2. National conference on Religion and Traditional Leadership, 23rd April to 24th April, 2002. Accra, International Conference Centre and Institute of African Studies. (Conference Manager)
    3. International Conference on Chieftaincy in Africa: Culture and Development,
    4. 6th -10th January 2003 (Assistant conference organiser)
    5. 14th Pan African Anthropological Association Conference. 2nd to 6th August, 2004. Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon. (Rapporteur)
    6. National Governance Workshop VII. 27th-29th October, 2004. Miklin Hotel, Kumasi. (Rapporteur)
    7. Colloquium on Early Accra. 20th-22nd October, 2004. Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon.
    8. Symposium on Care of the Seriously Ill and Dying. 26th-28th January, 2005. Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon.
    9. 4th Annual Faculty of Arts Colloquium, 27th -28th April, 2006 (presented a paper titled,
    10. Symposium on The Black Continent: From the Organisation of African Unity to the African Union. September 3 -9, 2007 at Sirte, Libya. Presented a paper titled, The Culture of Peace and the African Union.
    11. Symposium on United States of Africa, Dakar, Senegal, July 27-30, 2009 Presented a paper titled:
    12. 4th Annual Faculty of Arts Colloquium held at the Kwabena Nketia Conference Room at the Institute of African Studies, 2006. Presented a paper titled: Transformation Techniques in African Art Music: A Case Study of Three Selected Works of J. H. Kwabena Nketia for Solo Voice and Piano
    13. 5th Annual Faculty of Arts colloquium, held at the Kwabena Nketia Conference Room at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon from 23rd-24th April, 2007. Presented a paper titled, De-Monopolizing the male dominance of state drumming in Ghana? The Axim experience.
    14. 6th Annual Faculty of Arts Colloquium held at the Kwabena Nketia Conference Room, Institute of African Studies University of Ghana, Legon from, May 20-21, 2008. Presented a joint paper with Dr. Kojo Poku Aidoo on the topic: Music and the Challenge of Democracy.
    15. Symposium of the United States of Africa held in Dakar, Senegal from 27th to 30th July, 2009. Presented a paper titled "A United States of Africa within the Context of cultural Diversities and Multi-lingualism?"

    PROJECTS:

    In the years ahead Dr. Adjei has plans to undertake the following research:
    1. Asafo companies of the Akuapems
    2. Coded messages in drum music: The case of Dormaa Ahenkro
    3. Write a book about Mr. Korankye of the Ghana Dance Ensemble and his seperewa school.
    COMPOSITIONS
    1. Bra Yesu Nkyen
    2. Hear my cry
    3. Prenpren Boafo
    4. 12 hymn tunes
    5. Kontonkyi Sonata for Atenteben and Piano
    Mr. Adjei is the Director of Music, Ebenezer Methodist Church, Madina and also the Director of Music, Madina Circuit choir, which is a branch of the Association of Methodist Church Choirs, Ghana.
    Position: 
    Research Fellow
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    Email Address: 
    gkadjei@ug.edu.gh
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