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Daniel Kodzo Avorgbedor, PhD (Indiana University, Bloomington, 1986)


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Dept of Music, School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana, PO BOx 19, Legon, GHANA
E-mail: davorgbedor@ug.edu.gh; avorgbedor1@yahoo.com; perazimm@gmail.com
Personal homepage: http://beaconpros.com

PUBLICATIONS
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In preparation: "Music and Dance as Historical Resources," for Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History.

In Press: “Ghana: History, Culture, and Geography of Music.” Sage Encyclopedia of Ethnomusicology. Ed. Jane Sugarman.

In Press: “Ghana: Modern and Contemporary Performance Practice.” Sage Encyclopedia of Ethnomusicology. Ed. Jane Sugarman.

2016: Women’s Voices from West Africa: An Anthology of Songs from the Sahel. Edited by
Aissata G. Sidikou and Thomas A. Hale. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012)
Research in African Literatures, Vol. 47, No. 3.

2016: Women’s Songs from West Africa. Edited by Thomas A. Hale and Aissata G. Sidikou.
(Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014) Research in African Literatures, Vol. 47,
No. 3.

2015: Annotated Bibliography entries—“Music of East and West Africa,” Oxford
Bibliographies Online: http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/obo/page/music

2014: “An Interview with Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia.” Bulletin of the International
Council for Traditional Music
, No. 125, pp.5-7.

2014: Music in Kenyan Christianity: Logooli Religious Song by Jean Kidula. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013.) The International Journal of African Historical Studies, Volume 48, 1 (2015), pp. 159-161.

2014: Review of Steven Feld, Jazz Cosmopolitanism: Five Musical Years in Ghana (Durham, N.C.: Duke University
Press, 2012). American Anthropolgist, September issue, 2014.

2013: Review of Steven Friedson, Remains of Ritual: Northern Gods in a Southern Land (Chicago: University
of Chicago Press, 2010). Ethnomusicology Forum, Vo. 22, No. 3, pp. 379-382.

2013: “Körperliche und nicht-körperliche Expressivität in der afrikanischen Performance. Theoretische Perspektiven und Feldevidenz
in der Erstellung eines interdisziplinären Bezugssystems” [Bodily and Non-Bodily Expressivity in African Performance: Theoretical Perspectives and Field Evidence in Building an Interdisciplinary Framework]” In Tobias Klein, ed., Kinaesthetik und
Kommunikation
, pp. 139-162. Kadmos.

2012: (in progress) “(Re)Locating The Quality and Meaning of Social Alignment and
Musical Performance in Urban Spaces: The Case Of Anlo-Ewe Voluntary Associations In
Accra.” In Writing Fieldnotes on the Street: Ethnographic Reflections on Conducting Fieldwork in
Contemporary Urban Africa
, ed. Anna Jacobsen and Linsey Farrell

2009: “Public Enemy, Or, Sensing Censorship: Musical Performance and Semiotic Disobedience—Popular Music Censorship in Africa (2006) in Perspective.” Research in African Literatures, 40.3(Feb. 2009):220-235.

2008: Review Essay: “Steven Mithen, The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind, and Body.” http://emusicology.org/v3n1/bookreview.html

2008: “In and Out of Song: Female Song Tradition and the Akan of Ghana: The Creative Process in Nnwonkoro” Research in African Literatures, 29.2:131-137.

2007: "Language Plots in Musical Spaces: A Response to Adams Bodomo and Manolete Mora," Empirical Musicology Review, 2.3. http://emusicology.org/v2n3/contents.html
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2006-2008 Special Internet Research Archive Contribution (sponsored by the Carnegie-Mellon
Foundation and Indiana University and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; equivalent to Book-length project)
Contributions of African American Preaching and Liturgical Dance, Step Shows, Ewe Churches in Accra,
urban Ewe performing groups and voluntary Associations, Auction Speech, Ghanaian Art Music, etc. [http://eviada.org/]

2005: “W.C. Handy.” Dictionary of African American Biographies Scholastic, Brown Reference Group (2006)

2005: “MC Hammer.” Dictionary of African American Biographies Scholastic, Brown Reference Group (2006).

2004: “Sources and Processes of Musical Innovation in African Independent Churches.” In African Folklore: An Encyclopedia, pp. 268-272. Philip Peek and Kwesi Yankah, eds. New York: Routledge.

2004: "Music in World Shamanism." In Shamanism : An Encyclopedia of World Beliefs, Practices, and Culture, pp. 179-186. Edited by Mariko Walter and Eva Fridman. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO.

2000: 17 New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (entries on African composers and performers).

2005: “Musical Traditions of the Ewe and Related Peoples of Togo and Benin.”
In The Ewe of Togo and Benin: A Handbook of Eweland, pp. 197-214. Ed. Benjamin N. Lawrance. Accra, Ghana: Woeli Publishing Services.

2003: “A Sound Idea: Belief and The Production of Musical Spaces.” In Music, Religion and Ritual in Africa, pp. 15-36. Ed. Daniel Avorgbedor. Lewiston: Mellen Press.

2003: “Stumbling with/over Scripts: Vignettes.” Oral Tradition, 18.1:118-120.

2001: “’It’s a great song!’ Haló Performance as Literary Production.” Research in African Literatures, 32.2:17-43.

2000: “Competition and Conflict as a Framework for Understanding Performance Culture among the Urban Anlo-Ewe.” Ethnomusicology, 45.2:260-282.

2000: "Dee Hoo! A Typology of Sonic Articulations in Healing and Exorcism Practices of the Anlo-Ewe." Worlds of Music, 42.2:9-24.

1999: "The Turner-Schechner Model of Performance as Social Drama: A Re-Examination in the Light of Anlo-Ewe Haló." Research in African Literatures, 30.4:144-155.

1998: "Anlo-Ewe Music and Society in the Light of Urgent Anthropo-Musicology." Bulletin of the International Union of Ethnonological Sciences, No. 39:17-26.

1998: “Rural-Urban Interchange: Anlo-Ewe Music.” Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Africa, Vol. 1; ed. Ruth Stone, pp. 389-399.

1994: "Un voyage vers l'inconnu: Conventions esthétiques dans la musique des Anlo-Ewe du Ghana." Cahiers de musiques traditionnelles, 7.1:105-119.

1994: "Freedom to sing, License to Insult: The Influence of Haló Performance on Social Violence among the Anlo-Ewe." Oral Tradition, 9.1:83-112.

1992: "The Impact of Rural-Urban Migration on a Village Music Culture: Some Implications for Applied Ethnomusicology." African Music, 7.2:45-57.

1990-91: "Some Contributions of Haló Music to Research Theory and Pragmatics," Bul. of the Int. Comm. on Urgent Anthr. & Ethnol. Research, 32-33:61-80.

1986-87: "Objectivity Without a Subject? Autochthonous Research and the Scientific Method.” Bul. of the Int. Comm. on Urgent Anthr. & Ethnol. Research, 28-29:9-19.

1986: “The Interaction of Music and Spoken Texts in the Context of Anlo-Ewe Music.” Black Orpheus, 6.1:17-25.

1986: "The Construction and Manipulation of Temporal Structures in Yewe Cult Music." African Music, 6.4:4-18.

1985: "The Transmission, Preservation, and Realisation of Song Texts: A Psycho- Musical Approach.” Cross Rhythms: Occasional Papers in African Folklore, 2:67-92

1983: "The Place of the Folk in Ghanaian Popular Music." Yearbook, ISME 10; also in Popular Music and Society, 9.1(1984)1985:35-44.

1983: "The Psycho-Social Dynamics of Ewe Names: The Case of the Ahanonko." Folklore Forum, 16.1:21-43.

1981: "Double Bell Techniques among the Anlo-Ewe of Ghana." Percussive Notes.


BOOK / MULTIMEDIA REVIEWS
2016: Women’s Voices from West Africa: An Anthology of Songs from the Sahel. Edited by
Aissata G. Sidikou and Thomas A. Hale. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012)
Research in African Literatures, Vol. 47, No. 3.

2016: Women’s Songs from West Africa. Edited by Thomas A. Hale and Aissata G. Sidikou.
(Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014) Research in African Literatures, Vol. 47,
No. 3.

2014: Music in Kenyan Christianity: Logooli Religious Song by Jean Kidula. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013.) The International Journal of African Historical Studies, Volume 48, 1 (2015), pp. 159-161.

2014: Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra: Five Musical Years in Ghana by Steven Feld
(Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2012). American Anthropologist, 116/3, pp. 6-7.

2013: Review of Remains of Ritual: Northern Gods in a Southern Land. Steven Friedson (University of Chicago Press, 2009). Ethnomusicology Forum (2013).

2012: Review of Medicinal Plants of South Africa. Ben-Erik van Wyk, Bosch van Oudtshoorn and Nigel Gericke, eds.. African Book Publishing Record.

2011: Review of Instruments de Musique Communs aux Îles de L'Océan Indien: Madagascar, Maurice, La Réunion, Seychelles et Comores. (Yu Sion Live, 2006)African Book Publishing Record.

2011. Review of Linking African Traditional Dance and History: A Study of the Muchongoyo Dance among the Ndau of Southeastern Zimbabwe. (Fidelis Duri Gadziro Gwekwerere, 2007) African Book Publishing Record.
2010: Review of Pathways in Christian Music Communication: The Case of the Senufo of Côte D'ivoire. Roberta R. King. (Pickwick Publications). Religious Studies Review, 36.1:62.

2008: Review of Towards a Christian Theology of African Religion: Issues of Interpretation and Mission (Francis Anekwe Oborji. Eldoret, Kenya: AMECEA Gaba Publications). African Book Publishing Record.

2008: Review of African Women, Religion, and Health: Essays in Honor of Mercy Amba Ewudziwa Oduyoye (Isabel Apawo Phiri and Sarojini Nadar, ed. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books). African Book Publishing Record.

2008: Review of The Will to Arise: Women, Tradition, and the Church in Africa. (Mercy Amba Oduyoye and Musimbi R. A. Kanyoro, ed. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books). African Book Publishing Record.

2007: Review of Kurt Huwiler, Musical Instruments of Africa," H-AfrArts, H-Net Reviews, June, 2006. http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=320731159035562.

2005: Review of La Naissance et la mort en Afrique: le cas des Bamileké du Cameroun. (Jean Tchegho. Yaoundé: Editions Démons). African Book Publishing Record.

2004: Review of Mande Music (Eric Charry, University of Chicago Press, 2000). World of Music, 42.2.

2003: Dinka Christianity: The Origins and Development of Christianity among the Dinka of Sudan with Special Reference to the Songs of Dinka Christians. (Mark Niggel. Nairobi: Pauline Publishers, 2001). African Book Publishing Record, 29.4:357-358.

2003: Rituals of Fertility and the Sacrifice of Desire: Nazarite Women's Performance in South Africa (Carol Muller. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999). Research in African Literatures, 34.1:192-198.

2002: Herbs of Ghana (Oscar Dokosi. Accra: Ghana Universities Press, 1998). African Book Publishing Record, 28.1:1.

2002: Zambian Theatre: From Traditional Arts to Movements for Cultural Expression (Dickinson Mwana. Lusaka: Multimedia, 1999). African Book Publishing Record, 28.1:16.

2001: Intercultural Music, vol. 2. Ed. Cynthia Kimberlin and Akin Euba. Richmond, CA: Music Research Institute, 1999. Intercultural Musicology, 3.1-2:3, 21.

2001: Music and Culture of West Africa: The Strauss Expedition (Prod. Gloria Gibson and Daniel Reed. 2 CD-Rom package and teacher/user manual. Distributed by Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 2000). Research in African Literatures, 32.2:211-213.

2001: Dancing Prophets: Musical Experience in Tumbuka Healing (Steven Friedson, 1999). Research in African Literatures, 32.2:213-219.

2001: Nigerian Art Music, with an Introductory Study of Ghanaian Art Music (Bade Omojola. Ibadana: Institut de Recherche en Afrique, 1995. Research in African Literatures, 32.2:219-222.

2000: Africa; Folk Music Atlas (Ed. Leonardo D’Amico and Francesco, 1996), International Journal of African Historical Studies, 32.2.

1999: Seeing with Music: the Lives of Three Blind African Musicians (Simon Ottenberg, 1996). Notes (June 1999):939-940.

1998: Nightsong: Performance, Power, and Practice in South Africa (Veit Erlmann. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996, African Studies Review, 41.1:195-198.

1997: Five Dialects in African Pianism (Gyimah Labi, 1994). African Publishing Book Record, 23.2:144.

1996: African Rhythm: A Northern Ewe Perspective (Kofi Agawu, 1995). Yearbook for Traditional Music Council, 28:200-202.

1997: Theory of African Music, 1 (Gerhard Kubik, 1994). Research in African Literatures, 28.1:232-239.

1996: Contemporary African Music in World Perspective (N. N. Kofie, 1994). Research in African Literatures, 27.3:164-168.

1996: Festschrift for Kubik. Yearbook for Traditional Music, 28:194-195.

1995: Lyrics of the Afro-American Spiritual: A Documentary Collection (Erskine Peters, 1993). Research in African Literatures, 26.2:223-224.

1994: The World of African Music (Ronnie Graham, 1992). Research in African Literatures, 25.6:192-193.

1992: African Music: A Bibliographic Guide to the Traditional. Popular, Art, and Liturgical Musics of Sub-Saharan Africa (John Gray,

1991). Journal of Modern African Studies, 30.3:527-528.

1989: The Da Capo Guide to Contemporary African Music (Ronnie Graham, 1988). Journal of Modern African Studies, 27.1:154-
155.

1986: Social Research in Rural Communities (P.A. Twumasi, 1986). Journal of Modern African Studies, 24.4.

1985: Bibliography of Black Music. IV (De Lerma, 1984). Journal of Modern African Studies, 23.3.

1984: African Philosophy: Myth or Reality (Leo Apostel, 1981). Journal of Modern African Studies, 22.4.

1982: Malagasy Tale Index (Lee Haring, 1982). Journal of American Folklore, No. 3.