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|Full name:||Ms. Serena Owusua Dankwa (MA)|
Radio DRS 2
BBC Radio 3
|Phone:||+41 61 681 75 19|
|Description:||Serena Akosua Owusua Dankwa is a musicologist and radio broadcaster, based in Switzerland. She just completed an MA in African Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, focusing on popular music and on women’s history in West Africa. Her MA thesis '“Shameless Maidens”: Women’s Agency and the Mission in Akuapem' was presented at the conference 'Writing African Women: Poetics and Politics of African Gender Research' in Cape Town and is published in the issue 63 of the Durban based journal Agenda. Together with Dr. Veit Arlt she initiated the project 'Ghana Popular Music, 1931-1957'.|
As a freelance broadcaster Serena Dankwa produces special features on music in Africa in its social, cultural and political context. She also presents international music festivals such as the Morrocan "Fes festival of world sacred music" for "World Routes" on BBC Radio 3 and for "Musik der Welt" on the Swiss National Radio DRS 2. As a guitarist and kora player she has been involved in several independent music projects with artists such as the Ghanaian seperewa player Osei Kwame or the Afro-German spoken word poets Olumide Popoola. Together with Veit Arlt she produced the CD compilation "Ghana Popular Music, 1931-1957". This project preserved and promoted a collection of 900 78rpm shellac records with popular music from colonial Ghana. The CD launch happened in January 2002 at the Dubois Centre in Accra. This project also involved workshops and concerts with highlife musicians in collaboration with the University of Ghana, at Swiss Music Academies.
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