ARTISTE OF THE WEEK – Godwin Sadoh
Growing up as a Kid in Mushin Lagos, Eko Boys High School which was close to my house was known for being notorious. If you had an issue with a student of Eko Boys High, then count yourself doomed. Schools close by were scared of having issues with them, they were a handful.
I am expressing my shock this morning because the artiste of this week went to Eko Boys, and at that time the school had a very good Music Background, that set the tone for him and today, he is a Professor of Music starting out from the same school that we once feared.
Prof. Godwin Sadoh
Professor Godwin Sadoh was born in Lagos and had his formative days in music at the Eko Boys’ High School, Lagos, where he was subsequently appointed to the position of school organist and choirmaster at the tender age of 16. During his tenure, the young Sadoh directed several musical activities at Eko Boys that included a Christmas concert of Nine Lessons and Carols in December 1981. After graduating from Eko Boys, the young Sadoh founded and directed several choral groups such as the Golden Bells Choral, the Ile-Ife Junior Choir, and the Ile-Ife Choral Society. In addition, Sadoh concertized as a solo pianist playing recitals in Kaduna, Abuja, Ile-Ife, Lagos, and at the Maestro Christopher Oyesiku epic concert series at the University of Ibadan.
Bass Maestro Christopher Oyesiku conducting the choir at the University of Ibadan in 1987, one of the concerts Prof. Sadoh played in
He studied piano, organ, composition, and African music in Nigeria before proceeding to the United States for advance studies in music. His degrees include M.A. in African ethnomusicology from the University of Pittsburgh; M. Mus. in Organ Performance and church music from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; He received the Doctor of Music degree in organ performance and composition from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge;
The Music Scholar, Prof. Godwin Sadoh
He is the first African to earn a doctoral degree in Organ Performance from any institution in the world. In addition, Sadoh is the first Nigerian to ever earn a terminal degree (D.Mus.) in the field of music performance. All his predecessors, had their Ph.D. degrees in musicology. It is noteworthy that in addition to the rigorous academic program at LSU, Prof. Sadoh published 25 scholarly articles during his graduate studies at that institution.
His extensive research on African ethnomusicology, intercultural musicology, modern African art music, Nigerian church music, organ building, and composers, is published in reputable international journals in America, Canada, Europe, and the Middle-East. One of his books, Intercultural Dimensions in Ayo Bankole’s Music, topped the bestseller list as No. 1 on Amazon in 2007. Prof. Sadoh’s books have been catalogued in some of the most prestigious archival centers and university libraries around the world, including the Library of Congress–Washington DC, Smithsonian Libraries–Washington DC, Harvard University Library, Yale University Library, Columbia University–New York, Cornell University–New York, Dartmouth College Music Library–New Hampshire, Center for Black Music Research–Chicago, Bayreuth University Library–Germany, and the Music Library of the University of Pretoria–South Africa. Prof. Sadoh has taught at several institutions of higher learning including Kentucky State University, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Professor Sadoh has composed for all the music genres–organ, piano, vocal solo, vocal duet, SATB choral, electronic, chamber, and the orchestra. His music has been performed and recorded in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the United States.
Prof. Sadoh on the Organ
Professor Sadoh is a recipient of the ASCAP PLUS Award for 10 years in a row in recognition of the publications and performances of his compositions worldwide. His biography is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the World, and the Contemporary African Database. Wayne Leupold Editions, Evensong Music- Media and Graphics, Wehr’s Music House and GSS Publications (All in the United States), are the publishers of his compositions.
Please raise your glasses for this Ethnomusicologist, Composer, Church Musician, Organist, Pianist, Choral Conductor, and a prolific publishing scholar with over 100 stellar publications including 11 books.
Professor Godwin Sadoh.
I CELEBRATE YOU TODAY!
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Musical Society of Nigeria
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