2014-2015 Artist Residencies

CWPS Artist Residencies

The Center for World Performance Studies (CWPS) brings international performers to campus through the Artist Residency program. The program seeks to pair artists from abroad with University of Michigan faculty who share an interest or expertise in the same genre or tradition. Faculty members participate and/or host artists as they present in forums such as class lectures, demonstrations, public presentations, and performances.

Fall 2014

Nana Kwadwo Nyantakyi III (Sanaahene or Chief of the Treasury in the Asante Kingdom)
Nana Afia Adoma II (Queen of Antoa-Krobo in the Asante Kingdom)

Sunday, September 7, 2014 – Saturday, October 11, 2014


CWPS welcomed Nana Kwadwo Nyantakyi III (Sanaahene) and Nana Afia Adoma II (Queen) to the University of Michigan for one month during the fall of 2014. While at the University of Michigan, they joined both Professors Kwasi Ampene and Raymond Silverman every Tuesday and Thursday as guest lecturers for their combined course discussing the music and visual cultures of Africa. As part of our Community Outreach, they presented two public lectures; two at the Ann Arbor District Library and two on campus.

Having served three kings, Otumfuo Agyeman Prempeh II, Otumfuo Opoku Ware II, and currently Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Nana Kwadwo Nyantakyi III has accumulated extraordinary wealth of knowledge of Akan and Asante culture. As a matrilineal society, Akan Queens are entrusted with lineage history, values, the complex political hierarchy, and succession procedures. While in Ann Arbor, they shared valuable first-hand experience with students at the University of Michigan about the Akan in Ghana.

Co-sponsors: African Studies Center, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, African Students Association, Sterns Collection, Ann Arbor District Library,King•Chavéz•Parks Visiting Professors Program and the Office of the Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion and Academic Affairs, International Institute

Winter 2015

Professor Kofi Agawu

Sunday, March 15, 2015 - Saturday, March 21, 2015

CWPS will welcome Princeton music Professor, Kofi Agawu, for one week in March of 2015. While at the University of Michigan, he will teach classes with CWPS affiliated faculty and deliver a Musicology Distinguished Lecture for the University of Michigan School of Music on Friday, March 20th.


A native of Ghana, Agawu earned a bachelor's degree in music from Reading University in the United Kingdom in 1977, a master's degree in musical analysis from King's College London in 1978, and a Ph.D. in historical musicology from Stanford University in 1982. Agawu, who has taught at Princeton since 1998, teaches classes on African music and European classical music. He has previously taught at Yale University, Cornell University, King's College London, Duke University, and Haverford College.