Kwabena Nketia Book Prize: Call for Submissions

Mhoze Chikowero's picture
May 31, 2018 to June 15, 2018
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
Music and Music History, Humanities, Cultural History / Studies, African History / Studies

The African Music Section (AfMS) of The Society for Ethnomusicology invites submissions for the 2018 Kwabena Nketia Book Prize to recognize a book of significance in English on a topic relevant to African musical performance. Books published in 2016 and 2017  are considered for the 2018 prize. No book may be submitted more than once for consideration.


The Nketia Book Prize Committee looks forward to your submission by June 15. The prize will be presented later this year at the AfMS business meeting at the SEM conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Please help spread the word.


Please send three copies of each submission to:


Nketia Book Prize Committee

℅ Timothy Mangin, PhD

Music Department, Lyons Hall

Boston College

140 Commonwealth Ave

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


The URL for the prize


Kwabena Nketia Book Prize

Purpose:  To recognize the most distinguished book or monograph on the topic of African and African diasporan music, published over the previous four years.


Eligibility: The African Music Section welcomes a broad scope of books on musical performance or implications for music scholarship based on the African continent or the global African diaspora. Books on the African Diaspora should have depth of research on African music and practices. Edited volumes are not eligible. Reprints or new editions of books are not eligible unless substantially revised from the original. Authors need not be members of SEM or the African Music Section of SEM. Relevant audio and visual recordings or films may also be considered.


Application Process: Applicants should send three (3) copies of the book to the Prize Committee listed above. Books may be nominated by individuals, including self-nomination by authors, and by publishing houses and presses. The Prize Committee may also nominate books. No book may be submitted more than once for consideration.

Application Deadline: Books must be received  by June 15, 2018.



Mhoze Chikowero, University of California, Santa Barbara

Co-Chair, African Music Section (AfMS) of The Society for Ethnomusicology

Contact Info: 

Mhoze Chikowero

Department of History
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California 93106-9410