"I Am a Story of Tamale": Sheriff Ghale's Cosmopolitanism.
Abstract: Sheriff Ghale is a north Ghanaian popular musician who can be
described as a cosmopolitan in both the moral sense, as Kwame Anthony Appiah (2006) has
theorized, and the social sense, following Thomas Turino (2003, 2003). Through his music,
which draws on local and international influences, Sheriff performs his cosmopolitanism to
a north Ghanaian audience, encouraging an awareness of ... read morethe wider world while addressing
issues of regional importance. How is this awareness encoded, though? What about his music
and his message makes it cosmopolitan? How is the participation in social cosmopolitan
related to a cosmopolitan ethos, and can one engender another? In this thesis I explore the
various threads of scholarly discourse surrounding the term cosmopolitanism, and by
engaging in an ethnographic investigation of a particular popular musician, show how
engagement with cosmopolitanism and cosmopolitan formations can contextualize local issues
by relating them to transnational ones.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2013.
Submitted to the Dept. of Music.
Advisor: David Locke.
Committee: Amahl Bishara, and Nicholas Tochka.
Keywords: Music, African studies, and Cultural anthropology.read less