Purpose: To recognize the most distinguished book or monograph on the topic of
African and African diasporan music, published over the previous four
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.
Regularity: Awarded bi-annually, in even years, to
a book published in the previous four years (e.g. the 2014 prize will be given
to a book published in 2010-2013).
Administration: The Prize Committee will consist of three
readers, including two acknowledged senior scholars, who are members of good
standing in the African Music Section and SEM. The decision will be announced
at the Section Meeting during the SEM Annual Meeting.
Application Process: Applicants should send three (3) copies
of the book to the Prize Committee Chair listed below. 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, i.e., a book nominated in 2010 is not eligible for
nomination again in 2011.
Application Deadline: Books must be postmarked by January 1
of the year the prize will be awarded.
Submission Information: Send 3 copies of books to:
Jean Kidula, Chair
Nketia Book Prize Committee
Hugh Hodgson School of Music
University of Georgia
250 River Road
Athens, GA 30602
Kidula, Jean.Music in
Kenyan Christianity: Logooli Religious Song. Indiana University Press.
(Honorable Mention) Jaji, Tsitsi Ella.Africa
in Stereo: Modernism, Music, and Pan African Solidarity. Oxford University
(Honorable Mention) Omojola, Bode.Yorùbá
Music in the Twentieth Century:Identity, Agency, and Performance Practice.
Rochester University Press. 2012.
Gunderson, Frank. "We Never Sleep We Dream of Farming”: Sukuma Labor Songs from Western Tanzania. Brill Academic Press, 2010.
in West Africa: Touching the Spirit in Fulbe, Hausa, and Dagbamba
Cultures. Indiana University Press, 2008.
(Honorable Mention) Burns, James.
Female Voices from an Ewe Dance-drumming Community
in Ghana, Our Music Has Become a Divine Spirit. Ashgate Publishing,
SOAS Musicology Series, 2009.