Popular Ghanaian High-life act, Akwaboah Jnr, has shared that the discussion on the death of the High-life genre gave him a different bag of feelings.
The musician who’s specific about promoting and sustaining the genre specified that the discussion at its high made him both sad and happy
“When I saw the debate on High-life dying on the internet, I was kind of happy and sad at the same time. I was happy for the fact that people are now seeing the light and are accepting that Ghana is High-life. You can’t take that away from us and we keep doing it,” he told NY DJ on Y102.5FM’s Ryse N Shyne show.
He stated that his colleagues, Dada Hafco, Kumi Guitar and himself are still doing High-life and trying to maintain the genre. “The sad point however is that High-life is not really played or patronised in Ghana and that is why I was sad.”
Akwaboah who’s displeased by the treatment the industry has given to the High-life genre added up, “You know, at the end of the day High-life is still going to stand tall and we’re going to make it work.”
High-life is a music genre that began in present-day Ghana in the 19th century, during its history as a colony of the British Empire. It uses the melodic and main rhythmic structures of traditional Akan song and Kpanlogo Music of the Ga people, however is performed with Western instruments.
But, the genre is being lost in the Ghanaian music industry because the young crop of artiste are pursuing different genres other than what many may call their heritage.