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Canadian musicologist made chief at Tolon

BY: Daily Graphic/Ghana

Prof. Michael Frishkopf, a musicologist from the Department of Music of the  University of Alberta in Canada, has been enskinned as a development chief  at Tolon, a small town near the Northern regional capital of Tamale.

The rites, which were performed by the Tolon Naa, Gbang Lena, and his elders were in response to the immense support from Prof. Frishkopf, who has conducted research into several aspects of traditional music in Ghana and other parts of Africa.

 In 2013, Frishkopf, who is now known as Maligu Naa of Tolon, led a group of students and lecturers from the University of Alberta to Ghana on a programme that aimed at providing an international, life-transforming educational experience, grounded in the study of music and dance.

 It offered a grounded global perspective relevant to a wide range of disciplines and career trajectories. 

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Indeed, the study programme equally offered participatory strategies for intercultural understanding, complemented by the study of politics, history, religion, linguistics, literature and drama among others.