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I am a German musicologist based in Ghana, with an interest in the role of music in the mediation of everyday cultural, social, and affective experience. Much of my work focuses on performance culture and music experience in Ghana and the Ghanaian diaspora. I hold an M.A. in Musicology, African Studies, and Social Anthropology from the University of Cologne and a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, Germany. In 2009 I joined the faculty of the University of Cape Coast, which is beautifully located on the West African Atlantic coast, some 150 kilometers west of Ghana’s capital Accra. Since 2014 I serve as the Head of the Department of Music and Dance (https://music.ucc.edu.gh/).
My academic interests range widely, from the anthropology, sociology and psychology of music to cultural and media studies, sound ecology, as well as cultural policy and sustainability research. Most recently I have also begun to explore creative coding, digital sound design, and the application of computational tools in music analysis, digital art, as well as in digital humanities projects and public scholarship. These diverse interests reflect both in my research and in my teaching, which encompasses graduate courses in research methods, ethnomusicology, cultural anthropology and performance theory, as well as undergraduate courses in music technology, music history, and the sociocultural study of music.
I have presented my research at conferences both nationally and internationally, including at meetings of the Society for Ethnomusicology, the International Council for Traditional Music, the German Society for Music Research and the Ghana Studies Association. I have published two books and my research articles appear in the Yearbook for Traditional Music, The Globalization of Musics in Transit (Routledge), Ghana Studies and other peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. Recent publication projects include a Special Issue on “Music, Health and Wellbeing”, which I co-edited for the Legon Journal of Humanities with my colleague Eric Debrah Otchere, and a documentary film with John W. Dankwa and Antje Akkermann on Dagaaba xylophone making and performance. I have also written about the representation and performance of African music in German popular culture as well as about Ghanaian popular music genres such as highlife, hiplife, and gospel. One of my main writing projects currently is the development of a book manuscript on gospel music and charismatic Christianity in Ghana.
I invite you to further explore my projects and professional engagements on this website. If you are interested in my work, have further questions or ideas for collaboration, you can get in touch using the contact form.
I very much look forward to hearing from you!