Spring Culture Showcase Series & Authors @ Alden to show Diversity Through Music

On Thursday, May 24th, University Libraries, in association with Ohio University Press, will be hosting the second event in a series of Authors @ Alden. The event will feature Dr. Paschal Younge, author of Music and Dance Traditions of Ghana: History, Performance, and Teaching.

Perhaps in no other aspect of our lives is diversity as easily illustrated as it is in our music. Encapsulating vast swaths of cultural heritage in a surprisingly concentrated package, music can pull together language, clothing, movement, ceremony, religion, love, celebration, mourning, history, and dreams for the future. Music becomes an ideal vehicle for bringing out the underlying similarities between us all.

The book focuses on dance and musical traditions of Ghana’s four main ethnic groups. The genres of Ghanaian music explored in the book are: general concepts of music, dance and performance; cultural perspectives; performance; and form and structure of musical types and dance-drumming ceremonies. Also, historical, geographical, cultural and social backgrounds of the groups are studied.

Dr. Paschal Young’s Authors @ Alden presentation will take place at 2:00 p.m. on the 4th floor of Alden Library in the Leisure Reading area on Thursday, May 24th. The talk is open to the public and refreshments will be provided.

Music and Dance Traditions of Ghana: History, Performance, and Teaching is available on Amazon. Keep on the lookout for future Authors @ Alden events at Alden Library.