Guitar Highlife

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A forum for lovers of Highlife, in particular "Guitar 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
Or the link to this page:

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

Link to John Collins's excellent article on E.T. Mensah:
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:

Good intro if anyone needs it: page for one of the best highlife artists:

Some Highlife videos -

Classic Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe:

No videos of Celestine Ukwu but this is a good sample of his music:

Another set of stills, this time for Rex Lawson:

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:
Abdul Tee-Jay does a great version on "E'go Lef Pan You", by the way.

Here's "Guitar Boy":

Sir Victor has his own Website, plenty to browse:

Dr Sir Warrior et al. (sound's a bit ropey):

Eric Agyeman:
Highlife Safari is an all-time classic highlife album that was first released in 1978.
"Ghana Gold" is another excellent, more recent album by Agyeman, samples on Amazon UK:

A couple of modern highlife performances:

Nana Kwame Ampadu:

Amakye Dede:

And here is a link to some reviews of several key highlife albums:

Abdul Tee-Jay is well worth a listen:
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