1Meki Nzewi biography (by Kofi Agawu) Professor Meki Nzewi lectures in African Music at the University of Pretoria. As a cultural scientist, he has undertaken an interactive study of the creative theory and performance practice underlying African traditional musical arts for over 36 years
2InterestsHe has written copiously on all musico-philosophical aspects of African music, and has published four books and 34 articles and philosophical essays on African music, dance and drama.
3Writings and compositions He has written, composed and produced 5 music- theatre works, 7 musicals, 3 operas and 3 poetic- dance theatre works. His other compositions include works for orchestra, choir, solo voice, drums and other ensembles. In 2001, the English Chamber Orchestra gave the world premiere of his newest orchestral work during a tour of South Africa..
4Literary works continued Prof. Nzewi has also published literary works, including three plays, a novel and poems, and has written and produced works for TV and radio.
5Performance and philosophy As a master drummer, he has performed and given workshops throughout Europe and Africa. He is the founder and co-director of the Ama Dialog Foundation for African traditional arts in Nigeria. His creative philosophy and practice aim at continuing the traditional multi-disciplinary approach to creativity, performance and presentation.
6Details of publications (Selected) Books:African Music: Theoretical Content & Creative Continuum. Oldershausen, Institut fur Didaktik popularer musik. 1997Musical Practice & Creativity. Univ. of Bayreuth, Iwalewa Haus. 1991
7Selected publications continued Articles:Beyond Song Texts - The Lingual Fundamentals of African Drum Music. Research in African Literature, ppThe Music of Staged Emotions. Musikunterricht Heute, ppStrategies for Music Education in Africa. ISME Proceedings, pp
8Selected publications continued Nigerian Music in the Politics of Values: Between Creative Ennui and Cultural Squint. World Music, ppEse Music: Honours for the Dead; Status for the Sponsor. African Music, pp
9Selected publications continued Traditional Strategies for Mass Communication: The Centrality of Igbo Music. Selected Reports in Ethnomusicology, ppThe Cerebral Arts in Nigeria. Presence Africaine, ppNew Directions for Dysfunctionalized Art Forms: Prospecting the Ekpo Routine. Nigerian Magazine, pp