The Rise and Fall of Dansuomu
Abstract: Dansuomu, a traditional item of repertoire among the Akan of Ghana, has an interesting relationship to the Ashanti Region during the years surrounding Ghanaian Independence. Through the political actions of Kwame Nkrumah, first Prime Minister and President of Ghana, and the innovative reactions of the Ashanti people, Dansuomu flourished with great popularity from the 1950s to the 1970s ... read moreuntil it mysteriously faded from common practice. The Rise and Fall of Dansuomu is an ethnomusicological work that focuses on the political and developmental history of Dansuomu as it experienced rapid development towards frequent use in the communal events of Ashanti society, including weddings, funerals, and annual festivals. Employing research from academic resources, fieldwork in Kumasi, Ghana during the summer of 2016, and the practice of Dansuomu at Tufts University and Kumasi's Center for National Culture, the material of this project serves to add a narrative of historical significance to the limited body of knowledge available on Dansuomu.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2017.
Submitted to the Dept. of Music.
Advisor: David Locke.
Committee: Jeffery Summit, and Kwasi Ampene.
Keyword: Music.read less