Ruptures, Junctures, and Difference

The Role of Music and Ritual Performance in Framing “Tradition” in Contemporary Royal Ceremonies, Ghana


  • Daniel Avorgbedor University of Ghana, School of Performing Arts and in the Institute of African Studies, Legon, Ghana



sonic affectivity, sacred-secular continuum, multisensory, contestations, Ewe performance


Royal rituals and festivities are vibrant sites of cultural continuity among the Ewe of Ghana. The rituals exhibit elements of hyperreal, sonic, and sacred/secular sensibilities that frame performance and embodied affectivity. The royal event complex engages the multisensory, the carnivalesque and interstices of the sacred/secular in Ewe spirituality and religious outlook.


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How to Cite

Avorgbedor, D. (2022). Ruptures, Junctures, and Difference: The Role of Music and Ritual Performance in Framing “Tradition” in Contemporary Royal Ceremonies, Ghana. Musicological Annual, 58(1), 7–41.