Modesto Mawulolo Amegago
Theatre Arts Dipl (University of Ghana); MFA, PhD (Simon Fraser)
Associate Professor, Department of Dance
Professor Amegago is a specialist in West African Performance arts with broad interest in the field of cultural studies, interdisciplinary music dance and theatre performance, cross-cultural aesthetics, curriculum development and implementation, arts and education philosophy, West African and African Diaspora ceremonies and festivals. He began performing music and dance and ceremonies at a very early age and led many music and dance groups in communities and institutions of Ghana.
In 1982, in his native Ghana, he founded the Dunenyo cultural group that specialized in the Anlo-Ewe music performance traditions and served as the group’s artistic director, choreographer, master drummer, poet and playwright. He also founded and directed Nutifafa African Music and Dance Ensemble in Vancouver in 1994 and toured extensively with the group throughout USA and Canada. He served as a drummer in Alpha Yaya Diallo and Bafin, a Vancouver based contemporary Guinean band, led by Alpha Yaya Diallo. He had also performed with renowned artists, such as Dido Morris, Albert Saint Albert, Glen Velez, Trichy Sankaran, Sal Ferreras and Themba Tana in Vanocuver.
He directed the Anlo-Hogbetsotso festival in the southern Volta Association of Toronto (in 2005 and 2006), and served as a curator of the Performing Diaspora initiated by Prof. Danielle Robinson in collaboration with the Harriet Tubman Institute on Research on Global Migrations of African Peoples at York University (in 2011 and 2012). He is currently serving as artistic director of Nutifafa Afrikan Performance Ensemble and leading the group in performances in the various communities, schools and theatres in Canada and USA.
Dr. Amegago has taught in the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana, Accra, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the University of Arizona, Tucson and Arizona State University. He joined the faculty in the Department of Dance at York University in 2004.
Areas of Research and Academic Specialty: Dance Ethnography, West African Performance arts, Dance Writing
The Continuity of African Drumming Traditions. In press.
An African Music and Dance Curriculum Model: Performing Arts in
Education. Published by Carolina Academic Press, 2012. Print.
Review of Human Factor Studies, spec.issue 15.1: Summer 2009. Print.
Selected Articles and Journals:
"The Textual Basis of African Drumming Revisited". In press.
"The Role of Misego Music and Dance in the Ewe Migration and the
Hogbetsotso Festival: A Study of Performance Within the
Context of Cultural Formation".The Journal of Gleanings
from Academic Outliers. Pubished by EBSCO, 2012. Web.
"Interrogating the Roots, Elements and Crossovers of the Pan
CaribbeanCarnival: A Case of West African Celebrations".
Carnival Theory and Practice. Ed. Christopher Innes, 2012.
"Dance Elements of Ewe Music and Dance: An Analysis of African
Performance Component". African Journal for Physical,
Health Education, Recreation and Dance 15: March 2009.
"Zizi, A forum for African Women’s expression of Socio cultural
values”. Review of Human Factor Studies 15.1: 2009. Print.
"Educating our future Leaders through the arts: The Significance of
the Ghana Study Abroad Program”. Review of Human Factor
Studies 15.1: 2009. Print.
"An Integrated Approach to Teaching African Music and Dance:
Challengesand Prospects". African Journal for Physical,
Health Education, Recreation and Dance 13.3: September
“Aesthetics of African Music and Dance Revisited”. African Journal
for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance 13.4:
December 2007. Print.
- Black History Month Award by the Committee on Race Relations in Toronto, 2007.
- Yufa Research fund, awarded for the attendance of LeBagatae African Drum and Dance Conference in Chicago, 2006 and 2007.
- Commonwealth Universities Study Abroad Consortium (CUSAC) New Initiative Fund, and Internationalization fund, awarded for development and Implementation of York University-Ghana Study Abroad Programme, 2005.