The Sound of History:
Filming the Life of J.H. Kwabena Nketia
4:30-5:45pm, Wednesday 5th October
Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities
Free, no registration required
Ghanaian filmmaker, Anita Afonu, discusses her film African Maestro: The life and work of Professor J.H. Kwabena Nketia, which explores the life, work and cultural memory of one of Ghana’s most distinguished postcolonial icons and one of Africa’s most influential musicologists. Appointed the first African director of the Institute of African Studies in 1965, Nketia’s life has been said to ‘symbolise the evolution of [Ghana] in the 20th Century.’ Spanning a life that began in the 1920s to his passing in 2019, African Maestro gives an unprecedented insight into Nketia’s life and the history of music in postcolonial Africa.
Anita Afonu is an award-winning Ghanaian documentary filmmaker who lives in the town of Ho and is currently working on the Visions of Life film history project.
Part of the African Languages, Literatures and Cultures Network events