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Beyond the Melody: The Symbolic Meaning of Kɔkɔsakyi by Augustine Adu Safo

Author(s) Emmanuel Obed Acquah, George Asabre Maclean
Country Ghana
Abstract This research delves into the musical iconicity found within Adu Safo's music composition, "Kɔkɔsakyi" (Vulture), going beyond its mere melody to explore its cultural and symbolic dimensions. Employing a semiotic framework, the composition was sampled purposefully and used as case study to examine how various musical elements evoke and symbolize non-musical concepts, particularly focusing on the representation of the vulture as a symbol of procrastination within Ghanaian society. Using the idea of the theory of semiotics and its inherent analytical frame, the study unravels the understanding of Adu Safo's compositional techniques, shedding light on the creation of iconic music. Key findings indicate that "Kɔkɔsakyi" skillfully utilises melody, rhythm, and lyrics to depict the character of the vulture, offering insightful reflections on the perils of procrastination. By integrating sound and text within the cultural context of Kɔkɔsakyi, the composition underscores the capacity of a musical composition as a potent medium for conveying socio-cultural values. Ultimately, this paper serves as a valuable resource for educators, students, and composers alike, offering insights into the use of iconic representations in art music compositions.
Keywords Adu Safo, kɔkɔsakyi, iconic music, vulture, music composition, semiotics
Field Arts > Movies / Music / TV
Published In Volume 6, Issue 3, May-June 2024
Published On 2024-05-20
Cite This Beyond the Melody: The Symbolic Meaning of Kɔkɔsakyi by Augustine Adu Safo - Emmanuel Obed Acquah, George Asabre Maclean - IJFMR Volume 6, Issue 3, May-June 2024. DOI 10.36948/ijfmr.2024.v06i03.20216
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