Dr. Paul T. Kwami, Famous Musical Director, dies at 70

Dr. Paul T. Kwami was a Musical Director and Curb-Beaman Chair of the Fisk Jubilee Singers.

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Musical Director and Curb-Beaman Chair passed away at 70

Dr. Paul T. Kwami, revered music director of the world-renowned, Grammy-winning Fisk Jubilee Singers for 28 years, died in a Nashville hospital early Saturday morning, his family confirmed in a statement to the Tennessean Saturday night. Kwami was 70.

“It is with deep and overwhelming sadness that we announce the news of the demise of our beloved husband, father, brother, cousin, uncle, and friend, Dr. Paul Theophilus Kwami. His passing leaves a huge void in our souls as well as in our communities and in our world,” the statement stated. “Dr. Kwami moved unto glory on Saturday, September 10th in the early morning hours surrounded by family in Nashville, Tennessee.” (The family’s statement appears in its entirety at the bottom of this story.)

Dr. Paul T. Kwami Age, Family, Early Life

Dr. Paul T. Kwami dies at the age of 70. He holds an American nationality and he belongs to white ethnicity. His actual born date and Zodiac sign are not known.

dr. paul t. kwami family

Paul T. Kwami was born in Ghana, West Africa, where his musical training started under his late father, T. W. Kwami.

Dr. Paul T. Kwami Girlfriend/Wife, What about his Relationship?

There isn’t any information about Dr. Paul T. Kwami’s relationship. If we find any information about his relationship we will update you later.

Dr. Paul T. Kwami Career, What was his profession?

In 1994, he was named Musical Director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, becoming the first African to hold this post. He also served as the Chairman of the Fisk Music Department from 1996 to 2003. Under his guidance, the Singers have garnered various prizes including entry into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2000, a Grammy Nomination, and a Dove Award received for Poor Man Lazarus on the 2002 CD, In Bright Mansions.

Other distinctions include induction into the Music City Walk of Fame, the Governor’s Folklife Heritage Award, and the Recording Academy Honors. Kwami is also Executive Producer of the recording entitled Rise, Shine! Fisk Jubilee Singers Live In Concert and Co-Executive Producer of In Bright Mansions.

 The recording of the latter led to William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC becoming the booking agency for the Fisk Jubilee Singers. As a composer and arranger, Kwami’s music has been performed by the Fisk Jubilee Singers and vocal music students at Fisk University.

His arrangements have also been featured in the documentary, The Fisk Jubilee Singers: Sacrifice and Glory. He has been interviewed for the following documentaries: The Story of Gospel Music, a BBC production, Ain’t That Good News: The Fisk Jubilee Singers which was produced by Louisiana Public Broadcasting, A Spiritual Journey with the Fisk Jubilee Singers produced by WKRN-TV, Nashville, TN and A Sacred Journey produced by Sunrise Music Group, Nashville, TN.

Tennessee Arts Commission

He has partnered with the Tennessee Arts Commission in presenting the ensemble in Tennessee’s major performing venues, including Laura Turner Hall in the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville TN. This collaboration culminated in the construction of a first-class educational program, which has been distributed throughout schools in the state of Tennessee.

This also resulted in the Fisk Jubilee Singers being awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2008. He has also cooperated with the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall to design an instructional program. Kwami is the first winner of the Curb-Beaman Chair for the directing of the Fisk Jubilee Singers.

He serves as a board member for the following organizations: W.O Smith Community Music School, Nashville, TN; Artistic Policy Committee of Nashville Symphony Orchestra; Nashville Advisory Council, Gospel Music Association Foundation, and the Schermerhorn Symphony Committee in Nashville, TN. Professional membership: American Choral Directors’ Association Chorus America, National Association of Negro Musicians and Gospel Music Association, Leadership Music, and Association of Choral Directors of America.

How much is Dr. Paul T. Kwami Net Worth?

Dr. Paul T. Kwami has not disclosed his financial details. Thus it is hard to estimate his net worth.

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Which school and college did he go to?

Paul T. Kwam is a graduate of Mawuli Secondary School, Ho, Akropong Presbyterian Teacher’s Training College, and the National Academy of Music, Winneba. He enrolled as a student at Fisk University in the same year and quickly joined the Fisk Jubilee Singers.

Kwami graduated from Fisk in 1985 and continued his music studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan earning a Master of Music degree in 1987. Kwami got a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Illinois in 2009.

Is he available on any kind of social media platform?

We did a quick search for the social media presence of Dr. Paul T. Kwami but weren’t able to find him on any social media platforms.

Physical Appearance of Dr. Paul T. Kwami’s Height, Weight

HeightNot Available
Hair ColorWhite
Eye colorBlack
WeightNot Available
Body typeFit
Sexual orientationStraight

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