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“A life well lived” – M.anifest eulogises Grandpa, Prof Kwabena Nketia

Rapper M.anifest is celebrating one of the monumental forces behind his successful music career, Prof Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia who happens to be his Grandpa.

He is thanking the man, one of Ghana’s foremost composers who vetted most of his songs, for the positive impact he has had on his life, personally, and on Ghana as a whole.

Considered Africa’s premier musicologist, the renowned professor passed away on Wednesday, March 13 at 97. His death was confirmed at the Legon Hospital in Accra.

Remembering Prof J. H. Kwabena Nketia, who was his grandfather, M.anifest said in a post on Instagram that, “Overwhelming legacy. A life well lived. Grandpa, thank you.”

“Your humanity was your greatest composition ❤️✨?,” he added.

The rapper also shared a video of one of his fondest times with the music professor.

In the video, Prof Kwabena Nketia is seen showing off his rap skills – a rap he wrote while in school in London in the 1940s – to the delight of M.anifest.

Born on June 22, 1921, Prof Kwabena Nketia was a well-known ethnomusicologist and composer. 

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He was called a “living legend” and “easily the most published and best-known authority on African music and aesthetics in the world”, with more than 200 publications and 80 musical compositions to his credit.


M.anifest and Prof Kwabena Nketia (His Grandpa)

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