Prolific Nigerian Composer, Professor Akin Euba Is Dead

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Professor Akin Euba, a prolific Nigerian composer, musicologist, pianist, and author, has died less than two weeks to his 85th birthday.

Professor Euba died on evening Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

Dr. Akin Euba was Andrew W. Mellon Professor Music at University of Pittsburgh until his retirement 2011. Euba’s scholarly interests include musicology and ethnomusicology modern interculturalism. He has organized regular symposia on music in Africa and the Diaspora at Churchill College, Cambridge as well as the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, according to his bio on Wikipedia.

These events have featured such notable composers and scholars as J. H. Kwabena Nketia and Halim El-Dabh. With his Elekoto Ensemble, he has brought together musicians Nigeria, China, India, Germany, Malta, and the United States.

His compositions involve a synthesis African traditional material and contemporary classical music. His most ambitious composition is the opera Chaka: An Opera Two Chants (1970).

Nigerians have taken to social media to mourn him.

See some tributes below.