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Ndubuisi E. Nnamani

Ndubuisi E. Nnamani

Research Fellow

Office Phone: 01223 761406


Ndubuisi Nnamani completed his PhD degree at the University of Alberta, Canada, under the supervision of Prof. Henry Klumpenhouwer.  He is an Izaak Walton Killam Scholar and won the Dorothy Killam Memorial and the Andrew Stewart Memorial (distinction in research) Prizes.  He was appointed lecturer at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria where he rose to the position of senior lecturer.  At present, he is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Music where he works with Prof. Nicholas Cook.  He is a Research Associate at Darwin College.

Ndubuisi’s research interest is centered on the study of compositional and performance styles in contemporary art and popular music in colonial and postcolonial Africa.  He is also interested in the music theory, cultural history and the philosophy of music and aesthetics in the 19th and 20th centuries as well as music and new media.  His current research examines these stylistic developments in relation to the theorization of space, place, power relations and cosmopolitanization (using Lagos, Nigeria as a reference point). 

Departments and Institutes

Darwin College:
Research Affiliate

Key Publications


  • 2006  Osita Osadebe – aspects of Philoshopy, Cosmology and Creativity in Stylistic Development [Enugu: Facts and Details]
  • 2001  Madonna – sonata for B flat Clarinet and Pianoforte [Enugu: Facts and Details]
  • 2000  Adieu, Great Azikiwe (University of Nigeria’s song in honour of Rt. Hon. Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe) [Enugu: facts and Details]

Articles (selected)

  • 2008  “Melrhythmic Structuralism, Identity and Meaning in Nigeria Contemporary Art Music Practice – A Study of Igede-Bell Technique”  Thessaloniki, Greece: CIM08
  • 2008   “Gender disparity in University Education: A Case Study of Students’ enrollment in the Language and Performaing Arts’ Departments in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka”  Interlink International Journal of Research in Music, V.1/4
  • 2007   “That the Sheep May Safely Graze: A Case for Liberal Music Education in Schools in Northern Nigeria”  Journal of Music Studies, V. 1/1
  • 2005   “Repositioning Music Research in Nigera: A Case for Music Theory”  NARD Journal, V. 2/3
  • 2004   “Crossing the Barrier of Stage Fright in the Performance Process – Theorizing Approach to Improved Performance”  Journal of Qualitative Education. V. 1/3
  • 2003   “The composer and the development of Musical Style: A Case Study of Osita Osadebe and his Music”  Interlink International Journal of Research in Music, V. 1/4
  • 2003   “Music as an Instrument of Cultural Re-orientation and Development of the Nigerian Child”  Interlink International Journal of Research in Music, V. 1/3
  • 2002   “The Use of Local Instrument in Christian Liturgy”  Interlink International Journal of Research in Music, V. 1/4
  • 2000   “Music and Development: The Igbo Experience”  African Humanities Journal, V. 8/2

Forthcoming Works

  • “Perfection and Imperfections in the Triadic Theory – Insights on the dogma-Science Dialectics of Johannes Lippius’ Trias Harmonicae”
  • “The Triadic Theory – A Survey of Trends in Rameau and Riemann’s Contributions”
  • “Dialetctics and the Theorizing of Musical Meaning – A Context-Structural Approach”
  • “Osadebe’s ‘Ekobe’ and the Myth of Cross-cultural Development of African Highlife – New Directions on the Nigerian-Ghanaian Connections”
  • ” ‘Pushing their fists into our mouths’ – Echoes on Musical Creativity, Censorship and State Power in Nigeria”
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Upcoming events

Instrumental Awards Scheme for Chamber Music

Mar 01, 2015

9.00pm, The Old Library at Emmanuel College

Lunchtime Concert: Instrumental Awards Scheme

Mar 03, 2015

1.10pm, West Road Concert Hall

Composers' Workshop: James Clarke

Mar 03, 2015

2.00pm, Recital Room

Instrumental Awards Scheme for Chamber Music

Mar 04, 2015

1.15pm, St John's Divinity School

CUMS Concert Orchestra perform Gounod, Gershwin and Bizet

Mar 05, 2015

8.00pm, West Road Concert Hall

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