J. H. Kwabena Nketia is currently Professor Emeritus and Director of the International Centre for African Music and Dance at the University of Ghana, Legon. He was the former Director of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, Professor of Music at UCLA and Andrew Mellon Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He also has held the following positions: Horatio Appleton Lamb Visiting Professor at Harvard University; Langston Hughes Professor at the University of Kansas; Cornell Professor at Swarthmore College; and Hannah Professor of Integrative Studies at Michigan State University at East Lansing. He is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, Honorary Member of Phi Betta Kappa (Pennsylvania Chapter) and Member of Honor of the International Music Council (UNESCO). He has several musical compositions and over two hundred publications, including the Music of Africa which has been translated into German, Italian, Chinese and Japanese. His awards include the Grand Medal of the Government of Ghana, ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for his book on the Music of Africa, the IMC-UNESCO Prize for distinguished service to music and the Price Claus 1997 Award for Culture and Development.