The Effects of Gestures used in Adowa and Kete Performance with Particular Reference to Akans in Ghana (Published)
This paper looks into the effects of gestures used in Adowa and Kete Traditional Dances in Ghana in line with their meaning. The motive behind this investigation was to give the youth excellent platform to appreciate the gestures in Kete and Adowa ensembles, as a way of promoting their cultural identity. Data collected for this investigation was analyzed by using both quantitative and qualitative approaches. There were two major sources for the data collection; primary and secondary. Kumasi cultural center was visited during one of Ad[[ K[se[ festival and some pictures were taken on Kete and Adowa performances. Some pictures were also searched from the internet to serve as the secondary data for the project. These pictures were used during interview with the respondents. Some literature were reviewed on Kete and Adowa dances as well. The data were then transcribed and relevant portions were analyzed. The Visual Semiotic theory was used as theoretical framework. This theory deals with the interpretations of signs. Per the analysis it was identified that, the sixty one and above years aged group were the only group of people who understood these gestures. Though the youth and the middle age group can describe the gestures alright, appreciate its aesthetic nature but don’t understand the meaning.
Martin Heidegger’s Viewpoint about Art (Published)
Art, and nothing else, is the biggest tool for life and high motive for it. Aesthetics and art philosophy is always important for thinkers. This subject always has been studied. Ideal beauty concept is not concerned for existence art philosophy. This is a question for history of aesthetics. No philosophers ask “what is beauty?” now. Art making is assigned to artist intelligence in current aesthetics science. Heidegger studies and destroys western ontology to find way of creation of new concept of world and human to metaphysics to pave the way of thinking. Heidegger tied to find the origin of art in the thesis of “The origin of art working.” Heidegger consider the truth as an essential way for art realization. Truth has a show in any art work. Heidegger considers the truth nothing except the showing. This article tries to study the historical way among most famous philosophers before Heidegger and after this type of viewpoint, he tried to assess this subject as much as possible referring to various art works.
The problem of street children, as depicted by Amma Darko, is a growing phenomenon in African cities. As evidence, many nongovernmental organizations are concerned with abandoned children’s living conditions, convinced that today’s young girls and boys are the adults of tomorrow. Following in these charitable institutions’ footsteps, Amma Darko in Faceless, looks into the phenomenon in all its aspects. In its form as well as in its content, the novel addresses the issue with a special focus on the word ‘street’ which receives the abandoned children. Basing on new criticism theory, the analyses reveal that, aesthetically, the street is given a special place in the novel. It appears approximately 85 times, that is a little less than half the entire number of pages of the novel (199 pages). It is used directly as parts of speech, sometimes personified, with different grammatical functions. Indirectly, it is presented in alternation with a conventional family the Kabrias, MUTE, an NGO caring for abandoned children and a radio station, Harvest FM. Seen from the point of view of symbolism and put in relation with the stakeholders of the phenomenon of street children, the street turns out to symbolize a space of escape, of survival, of a jungle, of destruction, of violence and crime and of a barracks.
Aesthetic Analysis of NTA – Uyo 7:00pm Newscasts (Published)
This work analysed the aesthetics of NTA – Uyo 7:00pm newscast. The study adopted the content analysis research method with coding sheet as instrument for data collection. The population of the study comprised all the editions of NTA-Uyo 7:00pm news presentations from February 1 to 28, 2017 which amounted to twenty-eight (28) editions. The study adopted the census sampling approach to sample all the editions of NTA-Uyo 7:00pm news bulletins for the month of February, 2017. The major objectives of the study were to find out the aesthetic elements deployed in NTA-Uyo 7:00pm news presentation and to find out the aesthetic lapses that persist in NTA-Uyo 7:00pm presentation. It was found that the aesthetic elements deployed in NTA-Uyo 7:00pm news presentation were music, time, sound, motion, colour and space. Also, it was found that the aesthetic lapses that persist in NTA-Uyo 7:00pm news presentation were poor/ bad lighting manipulation and low/poor picture quality. Based on the findings of the study, the researcher recommends that the producer(s) of the 7:00pm news on NTA-Uyo should enroll in Applied Media Aesthetic courses so as to be equipped with the knowledge of Aesthetics and be capable to produce aesthetically ordered and arranged news programmes.
This study attempts to understand how the aesthetic aspects of the Qur’an are translated into or accommodated in English. It clarifies slightly challenges in translating the Qur’an, a text believed by Moslems to be the word of God and as such beautiful beyond imagination. To get a feel of its poetic essence, particularly in its rhythmic verses, and the task that lies ahead for translators, three short “surahs” (verses) and seven well-known translations of each were analysed. The theory of equivalence was used to measure. It was found that all surahs showed rhythmic patterns (sound) that are distinctive, even to the untrained eye/ear. Readers who might not understand its meaning can still appreciate its poetry. None of the translations, however, could reproduce these rhythmic patterns that help memorization of the surahs. In summary, the pervasiveness of rhythmic elements is clear and a real challenge awaits the translator of this text.
AESTHETIC ANALYSIS OF UNFAIR TRIAL AS EMOTIONAL PROPAGANDA APPEAL IN NIGERIA’S PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN (Published)
Disinformation in image projection seeks to achieve irrational protest consideration in message consumers of political commercials. It explains why a candidate’s image is subjected to emotional evaluation by the electorate, in an election situation. The Unfair Trial advertisement, used to separate Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP from Muhammadu Buhari of the APC, in 2015 presidential election in Nigeria, was the basis of this aesthetic analysis. Four aesthetic appreicational factors of environment, language, costume and action were used to determine how presented pictures, text and sound were expected to affect the television commercial consumers’ psyche. It is believed that emotion, introduced in political arguments, was likely to influence voter behaviour against incivility, capable of translating into loss of voter support for the disparaged candidate. It means that image projection of candidates at election should be done with dexterity, as to achieve the desired communication objective in political commercials. It is when arguments are elevated to rational discourse that emotional considerations become inconsequential in adverse contemplation for any particular candidate at elections.
What Makes a Gↄbaa? A Study of Musicianship and Aesthetics in Dagaaba Xylophone Music (Review Completed - Accepted)
This article examines musicianship and aesthetics in Dagaaba xylophone music. Tackling the broader question of what makes a gɔbaa (i.e. a master xylophonist), the study focuses on the training and status of Dagaaba gyil musicians. It also scrutinizes the aesthetics of Dagaaba xylophone music in different performance contexts, including aesthetic terminology and criteria of evaluating performances and performers. This article thus presents an ethnographic study of xylophone performance in Ghana under changing social conditions, employing mainly methods of participant observation and extended interviews. One of the major findings is that concepts of musicianship as well as aesthetic evaluative processes in Dagaaba xylophone music are context-dependent.