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Rapper, M.anifest (born Kwame Ametepe Tsikata) is taking his turn this year, to deliver a lecture at the Ephraim Amu Memorial Lectures.
The 2019 edition of the Lecture series hosts M.anifest on the 30th of May at the Auditorium of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The Ephraim Amu Memorial Lecture series is an annual event by the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences which has collaborated with the International Centre for African Music and Dance of the University of Ghana, Legon, to forge the huge legacy of the late music icon, Ephraim Amu, into an intellectual platform.
This year’s lecture is themed; “Re-imagining us: the role of popular music in self-actualization.”
M.anifest, son of renowned Ghanaian lawyer and academic, Tsatsu Tsikata, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Macalester College in the United States of America, but it is his music that has earned him a niche in the public psyche.
Known to be a blender of pure afrobeat rhythm with hip-hop, his signature tune is widely judged to be more mature and probably ahead of the contemporary music scene.
He steps on the coveted Ephraim Amu Lecture series platform following the steps of some of the greatest musicologists and music educationists that Ghana has ever known.
Past speakers at the Ephraim Amu Memorial Lecture series include: the late Professor Emeritus J. H. Kwabena Nketia (M.anifest’s grandfather), Prof. Kofi Agawu, Dr. Letitia E. Obeng, the late Most Rev. Prof. Emeritus Kwesi Dickson, Prof. R. F. Amonoo, Prof. L. A. Boadi, Rev. Philip Laryea, Dr. A. A. Agordoh, Prof. James Flolu, Dr. F.I.D. Konotey-Ahulu, Prof. Ablade Glover, Prof. S.K. Owusu, and Prof. Kofi Anyidoho.
M.anifest’s call up to the platform affords him a rare opportunity to tread where luminaries have stepped, and also bridges a gap between Ghana’s musical academia and its pop industry.
The lecture series was instituted to commemorate and immortalize Dr Emphraim Amu, a humble and dedicated man from Peki Avetile, who devoted his entire life to cultural nationalism.
As an educationist, reformist and creative musician, Dr Amu left a mark on Ghana’s cultural memory perhaps more than any of his contemporaries. He was a great and distinguished composer and nationalist.
Source: Whatsupnews Ghana