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WHERE IS OUR HIGHLIFE MUSIC HEADING TO?

Koo Nimo

Koo Nimo

 

To begin with this, let read this significant history about Highlife music. Well, according to Wikipedia Highlife is a music genre that originated in Ghana in the 20th century and spread to Sierra Leone and Nigeria, among other West African countries, by 1920. It is very popular in Liberia and all of English-speaking West Africa, although little has been produced in other countries due to economic challenges brought on by war and instability.

Highlife is characterised by jazzy horns and multiple guitars which lead the band. Recently it has acquired an uptempo, synth-driven sound.

It started with our prominent pioneers like Kwaa Mensa, Koo Nimo, A. B. Crentsil,George Darko, E. T. Mensah, Osibisa, Daddy Lumba, K. Frimpong, Amakye Dede, Alex Konadu and so on.

At the first place, I am proud of being part of the originators of highlife music but at the same time, I am so much disappointed about the downfall of Highlife comparing to the history and mystery behind it. I am once again totally in an ambiguity over the below average performance being put up by the few latest highlife artistes in the Ghana music industry.

I was shocked when I saw only Wutah Afriyie, Kesse, R2Bees, Raquel and D-Flex competing for the “Highlife Artiste Of The Year” at the just ended 14th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards ceremony. Where are they?

The sophisticated pleasure of our highlife music is undisputed and cannot be compared to any other latest produced genres of music. I remember some years back, the great performances we witnessed from Daddy Lumba, Okyeame Kwame, K.K. Fosu, Nana Akyeampong, Kojo Antwi, Jay Ghartey’s fusion of American style just to mention a few.

Is the new introduction of the Azonto genre killing the game or our highlife artistes are just tired of it? Or, are modern Ghanaians only interested in jamming music than what our fore fathers left for us? Have the artistes lost focus or the simple issue of being discouraged by the mere Azonto discovery?

Who is going to save the future of our culture and origin??????????????????????

A journalist, award-nominated blogger, music promoter and analyst, former headteacher, founder of Think Ghana Entertainment Media, owner of www.thinkghmusic.com, and founder of TGM Awards. I love spending more time with my family! WhatsApp me +233-246-446-047

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A journalist, award-nominated blogger, music promoter and analyst, former headteacher, founder of Think Ghana Entertainment Media, owner of www.thinkghmusic.com, and founder of TGM Awards. I love spending more time with my family! WhatsApp me +233-246-446-047

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