M’akoma Music

The phrase “M’akoma Ahye Ma” is from one of the Ghanaian languages, and literally means “My Heart Is Full!” It captures the mood of inexpressible joy, especially of an elevated or spiritual kind. “M’akoma Ahye Ma” is also the title of an original musical composition that was dedicated to the author by a leading Ghanaian composer when he heard of the author’s experience of failure.

 

The composer of this spiritually uplifting classical choral music is Newlove Annan, a Ghanaian currently pursuing a PhD in Ethnomusicology at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He comes from three generations of prominent Methodist ministers in Ghana and has composed over 900 pieces of sacred music. He is also the first Black African with compositions in a United Methodist hymnal, and the composer of the theme song for the 2004 U.S. World Council of Churches meeting held in Atlanta, Georgia.

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