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Akin Euba has built up an impressive career as a composer and scholar. His compositions have been performed in many parts of the world, including Stockholm, Bayreuth, Munich, London, Cambridge, Moscow, New York, Calgary, Brussels, Ghent, Albuquerque, Beijing, Toronto, Rotterdam, and various places in Africa. The CD of his opera Chaka (from an epic poem by Léopold Sédar Senghor) was recorded by the City of Birmingham Touring Opera, conducted by Simon Halsey, and published by MRI Press in 1999.

Euba is the author of four books, including Yoruba Drumming: The Dundun Tradition (1990) and coedited Intercultural Music vols. 1-3 with Cynthia Tse Kimberlin.

In 1988, Euba founded the Centre for Intercultural Music Arts, which from 1990 to 2004 staged a biennial international symposium and festival on the theme “New Intercultural Music” in the UK. Following his tenure as an Overseas Fellow of Churchill College, University of Cambridge (2000-1), Euba launched another international biennial symposium and festival titled “Composition in Africa and the Diaspora” which has taken place biennially at the College since August 2001. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to music, Euba was presented with a book titled Multiple Interpretations of Dynamics of Creativity and Knowledge in African Music Traditions: a Festchrift in Honor of Akin Euba on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday (edited by Bode Omojola and George Dor and published by MRI Press) during the 3rd biennial symposium and festival at Churchill College in August 2005.


Akin Euba is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh.

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