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A forum for lovers of Highlife, in particular "Guitar Highlife".



Highlife
(Source: Wikipedia - with thanks)

Highlife is a musical genre that originated in Ghana and spread to Sierra Leone and Nigeria in the 1920s and other West African countries. 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. "Joromi" is a sub-genre.

Highlife is characterized by jazzy horns and multiple guitars which lead the band. Recently, it has acquired an uptempo, synth-driven sound (cf. Daddy Lumba).

For more background on Highlife, try Answers.com: http://www.answers.com/topic/highlife
Or the link to this Afromix.org page: http://www.afromix.org/html/musique/styles/highlife/index.en.html

Here are some great Highlife blogs, with essential reading and listening:

http://wrldsrv.blogspot.com/search/label/highlife

http://highlifehaven.blogspot.com/

http://likembe.blogspot.com/

http://combandrazor.blogspot.com/

http://osibisaba.blogspot.com/

http://highlifeturntable.blogspot.com/

Link to John Collins's excellent article on E.T. Mensah:
http://www.afropop.org/multi/feature/ID/4

http://www.ethnomusic.podomatic.com/
Link to World Passport, where you can listen to/download "Vintage hits from around the world"; scroll down to "Golden Days Highlife" - and enjoy 16 selections of highlife hits.
This is No. 16: http://ethnomusic.podOmatic.com/entry/2008-08-30T01_05_07-07_00:

Good intro if anyone needs it:
http://www.sternsmusic.com/disk_info.php?id=RGNET1102CD

Last.fm page for one of the best highlife artists: http://www.last.fm/music/Chief+Stephen+Osita+Osadebe

Some Highlife videos -

Classic Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe:
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=sIPDp48bZEA
http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=20192601

No videos of Celestine Ukwu but this is a good sample of his music:
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=LvnUg0GJsN4

Another set of stills, this time for Rex Lawson:
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=RLouRlWs1EE

Here's a stunner by Sir Victor Uwaifo, "Joromi". What a showman, so many tricks on that guitar (mind you I think he's been playing the song for a while now), but the solo's always tuneful. And there is an audience present, be patient:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKd0pSysaf0
Abdul Tee-Jay does a great version on "E'go Lef Pan You", by the way.

Here's "Guitar Boy":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mBaIC0-cus

Sir Victor has his own Website, plenty to browse:
http://www.victoruwaifo.com/

Dr Sir Warrior et al. (sound's a bit ropey):
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Y16f53vcFbs

Eric Agyeman:
Highlife Safari is an all-time classic highlife album that was first released in 1978.
http://www.sternsmusic.com/disk_info.php?id=STCD3002
"Ghana Gold" is another excellent, more recent album by Agyeman, samples on Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ghana-Gold-Eric-Agyeman/dp/B0000283AA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1223282439&sr=1-1:

A couple of modern highlife performances:

Nana Kwame Ampadu:
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=nqxJoLcxHro

Amakye Dede:
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=I2T08XS3KEQ

And here is a link to some reviews of several key highlife albums:
http://www.muzikifan.com/ghana.html

Abdul Tee-Jay is well worth a listen:
http://www.sternsmusic.com/disk_info.php?id=WEBE9042
http://www.last.fm/music/Abdul+Tee-Jay/Rokoto+Make+Me+Dance-Dance
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