Legon Journal of the Humanities

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Use of proverbs as communicative tool in Ghanaian choral music compositions

Joshua Alfred Amuah, Hilarius Mawutor Wuaku


This paper first of all identifies Ghanaian composers who explore proverbs as textual materials in their composition. It then proceeds to analyse how proverbs are deployed as communicative tools against the backdrop of Ghanaian cultural sensibilities. The paper further examines the effectiveness of these proverbs from the viewpoint of audience perception and reception. Methodology was based on a search from archives of selected composers and libraries to unravel compositions that use proverbs as the source of text. Audiences were interrogated on their perceptions about such choral works. The research has shown that the use of proverbs in choral music promotes effective communication as well as contributes to the sustainability of Ghana’s rich traditional way of communication.

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