Rapper M.anifest is eulogizing his grandfather, and one of Ghana’s cherished musicologist and composer, Prof Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia.
Prof Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia died at the Legon Hospital in Accra, Wednesday, March 13, 2019 after a short illness.
Manifest took to Instagram to share a touching tribute to his grandfather.
” Overwhelming legacy. A life well lived. Grandpa, thank you. Your humanity was your greatest composition ❤️✨🖤,” he wrote.
Kwabena Nketia was born (June 22, 1921) at Mampong, in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. He received his first musical education, and eventually trained as a teacher at the Presbyterian Training College, Akropong Akwapin – where he later taught and was appointed Acting Principal in 1952.
Prof. Nketia is world-renowned as musicologist and composer. He is to African music what Bartok is to Western music. Of all the interpreters of African music and aesthetics, Nketia sets the pace.
His concept and interpretation of time and rhythmic patterns in Ghanaian and other African folk music were revolutionary, and became standard for researchers and scholars around the world.