M.anifest’s Grandfather Emeritus Professor J.H.K Nketia Just Passed, Here’s All You Need To Know About Him


Renowned Ghanaian ethnomusicologist Emeritus Professor Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia has died at age 97.

Reports indicate that he died at the Legon Hospital on Wednesday morning after a short illness.

Yaw Perbi, a grandson of Professor Nketia confirmed the demise of his grandfather on social media.

Facebook Family,Let me sadly but quickly personally inform you of the passing away of my grandfather, Emeritus Prof….

Posted by Yaw Perbi on Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Professor Nketia was also the grandfather of rapper, M.anifest.

M.anifest has not said anything on the passing of his grandfather yet.

Below are some facts you need to know about Professor Nketia:

Professor Nketia was born on June 22, 1921, at Mampong Asante.

He is a composer, writer, and music professor.

He is known for some popular choral works such as Adanse Kronkron, Morbid Asem, Monna N’Ase and Monkafo No.

He was the Acting Principal of the Presbyterian Training College, AkropongAkuapem.

He was also the first African Director of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana.

Schools Where He Has Taught:

Professor of Music at the University of Ghana.

Professor of Music at UCLA.

Horatio Appleton Lamb Visiting Professor at Harvard University.

Visiting Cornell Professor at Swarthmore College.

Distinguished Hannah Professor of Integrative Studies at Michigan State University, East Lansing.

Visiting Professor at the University of Brisbane in Australia.

Visiting Professor at the China Conservatory of Music, Beijing.

Andrew Mellon Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh.

Langston Hughes Professor at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.


Cowell Award of the African Music Society.

Companion of the Order of Star of Ghana.

Grand Medal of the Government of Ghana (Civil Division).

Ghana Book Award, ECRAG Special Honour Award (1987).

Ghana Gospel Music Special Award (2003).

ACRAG Flagstar Award (1993).

ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for his book on the Music of Africa.

IMC-UNESCO Music Prize for Distinguished Service to Music.

Prince Claus 1997 Award for Distinguished Service to Culture & Development.

The Year 2000 Distinguished Africanist Award of the African Studies Association of the USA for Life-long Devotion to African Studies.

DLitt(Honoris Causa) of the University of Ghana.


1963 – African Music in Ghana.

1974 – The Music of Africa.

2004 – African Art Music/The Creative Potential of African Art Music in Ghana.

2005 – Ethnomusicology and African Music – Collected papers, Volume One: Modes of Inquiry and Interpretation.

2016 – Reinstating traditional music in contemporary contexts: reminiscences of a nonagenarian’s lifelong encounters with the musical traditions of Africa.

May his soul rest in perfect peace.

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