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...

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...