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Artist-Talk with Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (Ghana) - "America" in African Music

10.07.2019 - 15.30 Uhr
GEO - H 6

Artist-Talk with Gyedu-Blay Ambolley / Ghana, Dr. Markus Coester (Anthropology/University of Bayreuth), and Ralf Zitzmann (Agogo Records, Hannover, director of Gyedu-Blay Ambolley’s record company)

In February 2019, outstanding Ghanaian multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Gyedu-Blay Ambolley from Ghana was honoured by the University of Ghana, Legon, for his important contribution to Highlife and Ghanaian Popular Music and what the academic institution called “his wisdom.”

In this artist talk we will discuss the relationship to African-American music in Gyedu-Blay Ambolley’s Highlife style, the multiplicity of musical voices in Highlife generally, best exemplified in his song “Highlife” (1985), issues of intellectual property rights that affect African musicians and their record companies, and how it feels to be honoured by an academic institution that until a few years ago has not valued popular music and its artists much. Which leads to the question of what it takes to see an artist’s wisdom and how artistic and academic work can be mutually beneficial?

Along the line, Mr. Ambolley will demonstrate some of his compositions. Special Guests: Musicians of Ambolley’s Sekondi Band

Preview: LIVE CONCERT – 11.7.2019

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley & His Sekondi Band @ Bechersaal, 11.7.2019, 20h (pdf flyer)

Verantwortlich für die Redaktion: Nadja Bscherer

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