Spiced Fried Plantain Recipe: Kelewele (Ghana)

Plantains are popular in Ghana as a snack or side dish. Though related to bananas, plantains are much starchier and far less sweet, and are therefore usually eaten cooked. Plantains can be baked, boiled, fried, pounded or dried and milled into flour. Probably the most...

ThisWorldMusic Visits Sarah Lawrence

ThisWorldMusic will be visiting Sarah Lawrence. Tentative schedule is as follows: Monday, October 27 (12:30-1:30 p.m.): Information session at the Sarah Lawrence International Programs Office for students interested in ThisWorldMusic’s Study in Ghana program....

From Africa to Chicago: A Children’s Game Teaches Music

“Holo holo holo holo, gbe sia, bne nono…” The voices of my second grade general music students sing in Ewe as the students hold the garden rocks, tracing circles on the floor. “Ala, sariki babu. Ala sariki babu.” Each student excitedly picks up his or her rock and,...

Amazing Griot Singer Performs for Africa Study Abroad Group

While eating lunch at the Afia Beach Hotel in the capital city of Accra this past summer, some students in our Study in Ghana group noticed a group of musicians at a nearby table. One of them had what looked like a kora, a traditional stringed instrument commonly...

Studying West African Dance: At a Traditional Funeral in Ghana

The following guest post comes from Leah Moriarty, a dance artist and educator from New Haven, CT. She recently returned from the ThisWorldMusic/UMass summer study abroad in Ghana program. I have spent the last ten years attempting to wrap my head and body around West...