Music and Dance of Ghana


Music and Dance of Ghana

Course Details:
ETHNMUS 91E and 161E

Director: Francis Kofi Akotuah

The Music and Dance of Ghana Ensemble performs the music and dances of several cultures from Ghana’s south, including the Akuapem, Akan, Ga, and Ewe. The course concentrates on the main components of African music: drum patterns, songs, and dances. The ensemble produces complex polyphonic textures on a variety of drums, bells, and rattles to accompany dramatic and entertaining social dances.

For more information about this ensemble, you may contact the director, Francis Kofi Akotuah.


UCLA Musicologist’s New Book Explores the Sublime
Cesar Favila, assistant professor of Musicology, has just published his first book. Immaculate Sounds: The Musical Lives of Nuns in New Spain breaks new ground in its imaginative approach to recovering the lives of women who sang devotional music in Catholic churches. Oxford University Press has published the book in hardback. The UCLA Library has partnered with the
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music hosts visionary composer-inventor-professor Tod Machover Dec. 6
The academic head at MIT Media Lab will discuss his large-scale tech opera productions.   On the heels of a triumphant debut of his latest opera “Schoenberg in Hollywood” internationally acclaimed artist-innovator Tod Machover will share insights into his groundbreaking approach to the marriage of creativity and technology on Wednesday December 6 at 6 p.m. at
Alumna Makes Met Debut in Anthony Davis Opera about Malcolm X
Tracy Cox, alumna of The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, will make her Met debut in X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, from November 3 to December 2, 2023. Cox will sing the roles of Social Worker and Reporter Number One. Cox completed her bachelor’s degree in music performance in 2008, and
Support the Ensemble and Keep the Music Playing!