Dr. Kofi Gbolonyo | Ghana
Dr. Kofi J. S. Gbolonyo is an ethnomusicologist, music educator, performer and scholar. He is Adjunct Professor of Ethnomusicology and African Studies and the Founding Director of the UBC African Ensemble at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Ethnomusicology, African Music and African Studies and directs the UBC African Ensemble since 2009. He is also the Co-Director of Adanu Habobo, a semi-professional West African music and dance ensemble; the Director of the Orff-Afrique International Summer Course in Ghana; the Founder and Director of the Nunya Academy. His primary research, expertise and educational interests are in West African traditional music and dance, Ewe indigenous knowledge, language and culture, Orff-Schulwerk pedagogy, multicultural music education, Ghanaian brass band and choral music. His scholarship focuses on indigenous knowledge and cultural values in the musical practices of the Ewe and Fon of West Africa.