"You can't run away from it! The melody will always appear!" Yaa Amponsah and the Rhythm at the Heart of West African Guitar

Braddock, Nathaniel.


  • Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2020.

    Submitted to the Dept. of Music.

    Advisor: Jeffrey Summit.

    Committee: David Locke, and Eric Charry.

    Keywords: Music, African studies, and Music history.

    The song "Yaa Amponsah" is held by Ghanaian musicians as the key to all highlife music. However, Amponsah occupies two spaces: that of a specific song with folkloric ... read more
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