My name is Daniel Parsley and I graduated from Xavier University in 2012 with a double B.A in Vocal Performance and International Studies with minors in History and Peace Studies. I was born and raised on the West Side of Cincinnati and graduated from La Salle High School in 2008. At Xavier, I was active in Peace and Justice programs, Alternative Breaks, ShantyTown, XU Schola Cantorum, and Xavier University Performing Arts programs. I am also a big sports fan, always rooting for my Cincinnati teams!
In the summer of 2011, I spent approximately 7 weeks in Ghana, West Africa. My resulting document is entitled “Ghana, Globalization, and Disillusionment: The Authenticity Arena of African Music and Musicology”. Through the Brueggeman Fellowship, I hoped to investigate Ghana’s changing musical trends in regard to globalization, politics, and economics. My research largely consisted of interviews with respected Ghanaian experts in ethnomusicology, history, sociology, economics, and politics, as well as personal field work in a number of different settings throughout the country. Largely, my project revolves around the questions of why music in Ghana has changed and how it continues to change as a method to better understanding globalization and cultural imperialism through the fine arts.
Specifically, as Western Africa continues to globalize, cultural lines collide and are consequently blurred. The continuum of reaction can be observed through a society's musical identity, specifically as found in Ghana. My thesis research consisted of observation of Ghana's traditional music and movement towards more diversified music ranging from High Life, Reggae, Hip Hop, and "Hiplife". As Ghana begins to change drastically and continues to experience exposure from exterior global economies and powers, a response can be seen through the changes between traditional music and the rising musical hybrids. Making sense of that change and the concept of “authenticity” is what I hope to continue investigating.
What They're Doing Now
Currently, I am pursuing a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Bowling Green State University. I will graduate in the Spring of 2014. I am also one of the three Choral Graduate Assistants at BGSU, where I assistant direct the A Capella Choir, Collegiate Chorale, and teach choral education courses. I have continued my interest in Ethnomusicology at BGSU through a M.M. cognate program. I am hoping to continue my research started through the Brueggeman Fellowship while at Bowling Green State University.