Gavin Elliott Webb

Lecturer in Music


Gavin is a musician and ethnomusicologist with particular interest in urbanization and urbanism, secular and sacred drum-dance traditions, social transformation, historicity, and articulations of identity in Africa and the African Diaspora.  

From 2000 – 2012 he was based at the Institute for African Studies within the University of Ghana where he ran fully accredited undergraduate international education programs for the School for International Training focused on arts and social transformation, as well as urban ethnomusicology. In 2009 he served as Associate Academic Dean for Africa, overseeing a multidisciplinary and evolving portfolio of programs in West, Central, and Southern Africa. Gavin’s musical explorations have taken him across the African continent, but with specific research experiences in Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, and Mali.  During his 14 years in Ghana, he recorded and produced commercial recordings for a number of Ewe funeral society ensembles and artistic groups.  He served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Binghamton University for 5 years before joining Marist in 2017.  Gavin’s teaching focuses on ethnomusicology and the transformation of music cultures from around the world.


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Academic School

School of Communication and the Arts


Hancock 2009



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