Study in Africa Photo Blog: Ghana Winter 2012

Over the years, one of the things I’ve loved most about leading the ThisWorldMusic/UMass Amherst Study in Africa program is getting to know the participants. Sure, studying African music and dance is a thrill, but it’s the people, not just the rhythms,...

Top 10 Things to Pack for Study Abroad in Ghana

With the ThisWorldMusic/UMASS summer 2012 Study in Ghana program on the horizon, I thought I’d share some packing tips we give trip participants. Although a standard packing list is easy to come by, these 10 lesser known items are must haves for anyone planning...

African Drum and Dance Study Abroad in Ghana – Winter Term

Hard to believe fall is already upon us. With winter close behind, I’m looking forward to warming up in Ghana this January! Our latest trip offering, the Winter Drum and Dance Field Study in Ghana, West Africa (January 2-14, 2012), is the perfect way to learn...

There’s a Party Over Here: Ghanaian Funerals in the U.S.

Fun article in the NY Times today about Ghanaian ex-pats in New York City carrying on the tradition of boisterous funerals from back home in Ghana. Interestingly, it notes: The funerals have become such money makers that the pretexts for them are sometimes a bit thin...