Samuel Elikem Kwame Nyamuame
Visiting Assistant Professor,
Dr. Nyamuame is a visiting Assistant Professor in the departments of Music and Theater. He received a PhD in ethnomusicology at University of Florida, MA ethnomusicology (World Music) at Wesleyan University, BFA (Dance and Music) and Diploma in Music at the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana, Legon. His area of expertise is musical cultures of Africa and African Diaspora, African music (drumming) and dance traditions especially that of Ghana. Prior to Binghamton, Dr. Nyamuame was an adjunct lecturer teaching ethnomusicology (world music), co-director of Agbedidi African Ensemble, associate director of Pazeni Sauti Africa Choir at the University of Florida. He was affiliated faculty for the Center for African Studies and assisted in organizing outreach programs in the Alachua county public schools. Dr. Nyamuame also lectured at Wesleyan University and University of Ghana respectively in the departments of music and dance and directed several ensembles. In addition, he taught African music and dance, facilitated workshops and choreographed dances for ensembles at many institutions including Howard University (DC), Mt. Holyoke College (MA), The Five Colleges of Massachusetts, University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth), Western Connecticut State University (CT), Naugatuck Valley Community College (CT), Brown University (RI), Yale University (New Haven), College of Central Florida (Ocala, FL), New World School of the Arts (Miami, FL), University of Mississippi (Oxford) and University of Ghana (Legon) among others. Dr. Nyamuame also performed with several renowned artists including Harry Belafonte, Stevie Wonders, Danny Glover and Brazilian greatest pandeiro player Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro. Besides his performances, Dr. Nyamuame has presented scholarly works at regional, national and international conferences in ethnomusicology and African studies. Dr. Nyamuame is an experienced master drummer, dancer, choreographer and a scholar who has taken a keen interest in researching the concept and foundation of traditional African and especially Ghanaian musical performance practices.