Florian Carl is a Senior Lecturer in Music and currently Head of the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Cape Coast. (For more detailed information visit his personal homepage)


  • PhD in Ethnomusicology, Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media (2007)
  • MA in Musicology, African Studies and Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Cologne (2004)

Recent Publications

Carl, Florian. 2015. “Obiaa pɛ sɛ ɔkɔ international”: Negotiating the Local and the Global in Ghanaian Hiplife Music. In Speaking in Tongues: Pop lokal global (Beiträge zur Popularmusikforschung, vol. 42), ed. Dietrich Helms and Thomas Plebs, 33-44. Bielefeld: Transcript-Verlag.

Carl, Florian. 2015. Music, Ritual and Media in Charismatic Religious Experience in Ghana. In Congregational Music Making and Community in a Mediated Age, ed. Thomas Wagner and Anna Nekola, 45-60. Farnham: Ashgate.

Carl, Florian, and Eric D. Otchere. 2015. Music, Sound, Or Noise? Sonic Culture in Ghana and Its Public Health Implications. In Communication, Culture and Health, edited by Joseph B. A. Afful, Peter Grant, Anthony de-Souza, and Philip A. Gborsong, 223-242. Cape Coast: University of Cape Coast Press.

Carl, Florian, and John W. Dankwa. 2015. Hiplife Music and Rap in Ghana as Narrative and Musical Genre. In Narrating (Hi)stories in West Africa, ed. Bea Lundt and Ulrich Marzolph, 101-112. Berlin and Münster: LIT.

Carl, Florian. 2014. Early Comparative Musicology and the Study of Non-Western Music: A Critical Appraisal. Drumspeak: International Journal of Research in the Humanities 5(1):191-214.

Carl, Florian. 2014. The Ritualization of the Self in Ghanaian Gospel Music. Ghana Studies 17:101-129. doi:10.1353/ghs.2014.0000

Carl, Florian. 2014. From Burger Highlife to Gospel Highlife: Music, Migration, and the Ghanaian Diaspora. In The Globalization of Musics in Transit: Music Migration and Tourism (Routledge Studies in Ethnomusicology Series), ed. Simone Krüger and Ruxandra Trandafoiu, 251-271. New York: Routledge.