Raimund Vogels studied musicology in Cologne, Legon (Ghana) and Berlin, where he completed his doctorate title in 1987 with a dissertation on the women's songs of the Dagaaba in north-western Ghana. He worked for almost two years as a research assistant in the ethnomusicological department of the Berlin Ethnological Museum in Nigeria, setting up a music archive at the University of Maiduguri. In 1990 he began a traineeship at the Linden-Museum Stuttgart, Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde, which subsequently took him on as a public relations officer. At the same time, he continued his research within the framework of the Collaborative Research Centre 268 "Cultural Development and Language History in the Natural Area of the West African Savannah" of the German Research Association at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main. In 1995, he began a five-year assistantship at the Musicological Institute of the University of Cologne, where he completed his habilitation on music at the Islamic ruler's courts in north-eastern Nigeria.
In the summer semester of 2001, Raimund Vogels was appointed professor of ethnomusicology at the Hanover University of Music and Drama. From June 2003 to July 2006, he was entrusted with the office of Vice-President for Science. In 2008, he was awarded the Lower Saxony Science Prize for his efforts in the field of ethnomusicology. In 2011, he took over the directorship at the Center for World Music.
Currently he leads the study program musik.welt at the Center for World Music and is the Director of the SDG-college.
Main areas of research
- Music in West Africa
- History, methodology and theory in ethnomusicology
- Music archives and museums
- World Music and Popular Music
- Music and Migration
- Ethnomusicology in Music Education