Photo: Chantal Azari.

How Highlife Continues to Influence a New Generation of Ghanaian Music

Ghanaian legends and new stars tell us how highlife has influenced the country's new wave. This is what Ebo Taylor, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, KiDi, King Promise, and many more have to say.

Growing up in London, as a second-generation mixed Ghanaian, I was exposed to a melting pot of music: highlife and afrobeat being the main forces in my household. Waking up to the sounds of E.T Mensah, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, Ebo Taylor, Kojo Antwi, Ofori Amponsah and the Ghanaian aromas of my mother's cooking on a Sunday morning was routine. I associate these genres of music with most things joyful, as do many West Africans.

Ghana is the landmark of hospitality. You may not be Ghanaian but once the hot air kisses your skin, Ghana suddenly becomes home. The blazing sunrise is the alarm clock for the hustle and bustle, where cars, bikes, and people become one. The generous Ghanaian spirit is what makes this country so magical. Culturally rich with historical mythologies and traditions, alongside the trend-setting popular new urban culture with music being one of the many contributions that Ghana has gifted to the world.

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