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Title:Yen ara asase ni: Ephraim Amu's philosophy on nation building, human growth and advancement
Author:Laryea, Phili T.ISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:The Ghana Bulletin of Theology (ISSN 0855-7942)
Volume:3
Period:December
Pages:42-76
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ghana
West Africa
Subjects:patriotic songs
African culture
values
Biography, Obituaries
Musicians--Ghana--Biography
Amu, Ephraim, 1899-
Patriotism--Religious aspects
Patriotic music
About person:Ephraim Kwaku Amu (1899-1995)ISNI
Abstract:Ephraim Amu (1899-1995) is perhaps one of the most celebrated and distinguished personalities that Ghana has ever produced. Amu is remembered not only as a musician but also as one who championed the cause of African liberation from Western dominance and paternalism, particularly in terms of Ghana's cultural emancipation. Whereas the tunes to his numerous compositions are known to a fairly sizeable section of the Ghanaian population, little is known about the message that the songs communicate. This article brings to the fore Amu's contribution to nationbuilding, human growth and advancement as evidenced in five of his compositions, of which the original texts are presented with an English translation. The article also shows that at the core of Amu's 'cultural activism' was his Christian conviction. Although the discussed songs are classified as patriotic and were composed to draw attention to African indigenous values, wisdom and knowledge, their tenor and general import articulate Christian views and concerns. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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