LIVENESS, MULTIFOCALITY, EAVESDROPPING IN ETHNOMUSICOLOGICAL FIELDWORK RESEARCH AT GHANAIAN FESTIVALS AND ROYAL FUNERALS

Authors

  • Moses Nii-Dortey Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21504/amj.v11i2.2316

Keywords:

Liveness, Multifocality, Eavesdropping, Ethics, Performance, Kplejoo, Festivals, Royal funerals, Participating audience, Ghana

Abstract

Ethnomusicological research that involves live, sprawling, multifocal and integrated ceremonies often present liveness-induced challenges that may undermine the authenticity of the research outcomes. )is article describes multifocal and integrated music making performances such as festivals and royal funerals in Ghana and how the vagaries of liveness are largely responsible for nuanced peculiarities which every live musical performance assumes. )e article argues in favour of a central role for eavesdropping among informed participating audience members in data gathering efforts as an important strategy for dealing with liveness-induced contingencies in multifocal and integrated performance events.

Author Biography

Moses Nii-Dortey, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon

Moses Nii-Dortey, PhD, is a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon. He was an African Presidential Fellow, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2009), and African Humanities Programme (AHP) Doctoral Fellow at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (2011–2012). Nii-Dortey has published on the histories of Ghanaian Folk Opera and the National Symphony Orchestra, and traditional festivals.

Published

2020-12-01

How to Cite

Nii-Dortey, Moses. 2020. “LIVENESS, MULTIFOCALITY, EAVESDROPPING IN ETHNOMUSICOLOGICAL FIELDWORK RESEARCH AT GHANAIAN FESTIVALS AND ROYAL FUNERALS”. African Music : Journal of the International Library of African Music 11 (2):102-18. https://doi.org/10.21504/amj.v11i2.2316.