Kwasi Ampene

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Kwasi Ampene

Director, Center for World Performance Studies
Associate Professor, Afroamerican and African Studies/Music

Office Location(s): Room 2622, School of Social Work Building
ampene@umich.edu
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Department of Afroamerican and African Studies
    • School of Music, Theatre and Dance
  • About

    Professor Ampene's research interests include music composition in oral cultures, with an emphasis on the Akan of Ghana; the intersection of phonology, oral composition, and performance; music and social change; and popular music. He is currently doing field research on Akan court music at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi, Ghana.

    His book, Female Song Tradition and the Akan of Ghana: The Creative Process in Nnwonkorø was published by Ashgate Publishing Ltd, UK, in 2005. He contributed an entry, Mensah, E. T. to the New Encyclopedia of Africa. He has published two book reviews in Ethnomusicology and the American Ethnologist journals. His forthcoming article “One-on-One: Max Roach in Conversation With Kofi Ghanaba,” will appear in the American Music Research Center Journal.

    Professor Ampene has performed in Nigeria, the Ivory Coast and across the United States. He uses dance and song styles from several regions across Africa. His stage performances feature group singing, dancing and performances on traditional West African and European musical instruments. He has recorded over 12 LPs as a Guest Recording Artist with Nana Kwame Ampadu I and the African Brothers International Band. He co-wrote and produced Assa: Highlife Dance Time album with Seth Asiedu. He arranged and produced Oheneba Kisi’s debut LP, Suzie, and recorded three LPs as guest recording artist with Prince Osei Kofi and His African Heroes Band, all in Ghana.

  • Education
    • Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Pittsburgh
    • Master of Music Theory from West Virginia University
    • General Diploma of Music from the University of Ghana
  • Awards
    • Martin Luther King, Jr., César Chavez, Rosa Parks Visiting Professorship, University of Michigan, 2010
    • CACMA Certificate of Appreciation (award shared with two others) for the Ethnomusicology Program in the University of Colorado College of Music, 2003
    • Community Builder Brick Appreciation Award, by the University of Colorado Building Community Campaign Committee, 2002

      Detailed award information on CV.
  • Grants
    • The Anschutz Foundation, 2010
    • The Colorado Trust, 2010
    • Tomadachi Foundation, 2010
    • The Cowry Capital Group, 2010
    • Roser Grant for Visiting Artists, 2009
    • President’s Fund for the Humanities, 2009
    • GCAH/CHA Research Grant, 2009
    • President’s Fund for the Humanities, 2008
    • Diversity and Excellence Award, 2008

      Detailed grant information on CV.