Student Wins Prestigious Ivan Karp Award
PhD student in Applied Ethnomusicology, Mr Eric Sunu Doe has won the coveted Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Award under the African Critical Inquiry Programme for 2017.
Sunu Doe said the award will go a long way towards helping him complete his research for his dissertation on Ghanaian Palmwine Music: Revitalising a Tradition and Maintaining a Community. ‘The award takes off the pressure of funding my fieldwork and allows full concentration on the collection of data process before I return to school next year. I hope this award opens more opportunities for me as I complete my doctoral study.’
His research proposes a comprehensive study of the tradition of palmwine music, exploring strategies for its revitalisation and sustenance.
Through interviews and participant observation in performance circles and workshops, Sunu Doe will document the performance praxis of palmwine music in Ghana (in Accra and Kumasi) and investigate whether/how the music currently resonates with the community, and how it might form the basis of a contemporary local music rooted in local experiences and histories.
The project will bring fresh perspectives to ways in which community engagement facilitates revitalisation and sustenance of hybrid traditions in an African context.
His research supervisor Dr Patricia Opondo congratulated Sun Doe saying he deserved the award. ‘His dissertation project provides a wonderful example of how applied research can impact upon revitalising musical traditions. The outcomes of his research will make an important contribution to scholarship in the growing field of Applied Ethnomusicology.’
Words by: Melissa Mungroo