Emeritus Prof. J.H Kwabena Nketia to be given state burial on May 4

Ghanaian composer, ethnomusicologist, and a writer, Emeritus Professor Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia will be buried on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

Emeritus Professor Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia

The funeral will be held at the Forecourt of the State House in Accra.

The late Prof. Emeritus J.H. Kwabena Nketia would be given a state funeral.

He died at the Legon Hospital in Accra, Wednesday morning, March 13, 2019, after a short illness.

He was 97.


JH Nketia is one of the world's most respected authorities on African music. He was born on June 22, 1921, at Mampong Asante.

He has over 200 publications and more than 80 musical compositions to his credit.

He was Acting Principal, Presbyterian Training College, AkropongAkuapem, First African Director, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Professor of Music, University of Ghana, Professor of Music at UCLA, Horatio Appleton Lamb Visiting Professor at Harvard University, Visiting Cornell Professor at Swarthmore College, Distinguished Hannah Professor of Integrative Studies at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Visiting Professor at the University of Brisbane in Australia, Visiting Professor at the China Conservatory of Music, Beijing, Andrew Mellon Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh, and Langston Hughes Professor at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

He is the Chancellor, Akrofi-Christallor Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture, Akropong-Akuapem, a Foundation Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts & Sciences, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Society of Great Britain, and Ireland, Honorary Member of the International Music Council (IMC-UNESCO), Honorary Fellow Of the Pennsylvania Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Honorary Member of the Pan-African Writers Association (PAWA), Member of the International Jury for the Proclamation by UNESCO of Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, and Board Member of the National Commission on Culture of Ghana.


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