Downloads   Galeries   Forums   Audios   Vidéos   Liens   Livre d´or   Partenaires   Contact   
  Accueil
  Actualité
  Régions/Peuples
  Historique
  Sawanité
  Le Ngondo
  Tourisme
  Littérature
  VIP
  F.A.Q
  Agendas
  Evénements
  Annonces
  Projets
  Communauté



      
29.08.2006

The Highlife Music, predecessor of modern African Music 


















Notes: Title was changed by Metusala Dikobe
Copyrights Afropop

Highlife, dance music played mostly in Ghana and Nigeria, represents one of the century´s first fusions of African roots and western music, and before 1970, it ruled dancefloors across much of West Africa. Trumpeter and bandleader E.T. Mensah, born in 1919 in Accra, Ghana, formed his first band in 1930s and went on to be crowned the King of Highlife. The World War II era introduced American swing to the highlife mix, already a blend of Trinidadian calypso, military brass band music, Cuban son and older African song forms.

In 1948, Mensah formed the Tempos whose songs in English, Twi, Ga, Fante, Ewe, Efik and Hausa seduced admirers as far away as England. In 1956, Mensah´s career reached a peak when he performed with the great Louis Armstrong in Ghana. With the rise of Congolese music in the 1960s, highlife´s golden era ended. But Mensah continued to perform, as did other top big bands, Jerry Hansen and his Ramblers International, and Uhuru. In the Tempos´ wake came many guitar highlife outfits, including Nana Ampadu and his band the African Brothers as well as the City Boys and A.B. Crentsil. Nana now operates a recording studio where he produces releases for the African Brothers, the City Boys, and other highlife groups. Dr. K. Gyasi and his Noble Kings pioneered a sound called sikyi highlife, a lulling, wistful take on the classic dance music. Gyasi too still records, as does Kumasi-based sikyi highlife singer Nana Tuffour.

The glory days of highlife gave many Ghanaian musicians opportunities to move abroad. In the late ´60s, the band Osibisa took their "Afro-rock" pop/highlife fusion to a warm reception in England, a harbinger of the world music phenomenon that would explode there a decade later. Highlife stars like Pat Thomas, George Darko, and C.K. Mann have all made the journey from country to city to foreign port-of-call. In Germany, a young singer called Daddy Lumba made his name in the German burgher scene, but now spends half his time in Ghana where his blend of highlife, hip-hop and dancehall reggae has earned him a strong youth following.

Today Accra moves mostly to the sounds of gospel highlife, local reggae and American black pop, while guitar highlife enjoys something of a resurgence. Hard economic times and political instability in the ´80s engendered a surge of religious activity, and both resources and artists shifted from nightclubs to churches. The gospel cassette market boomed, and today represents a significant sector in the pop music market with big-selling acts like Carlos Sekyi, the Tagoe Sisters and Naana Frimpong. Reggae has also grown steadily more popular since the ´70s, encouraging highlife groups to cross over. Singing in the Twi language, "hitmaker" K.K. Kabobo has done well with his gruff voice and his blend of highlife and reggae. A veteran of the band Classique Vibes, singer Kojo Antwi now sports dreadlocks and outsells all other Ghanaian reggae acts with his easygoing love songs. His recent cassettes have topped 100,000 copies, a high number even in Ghana where government measures have largely curtailed cassette piracy. Guitar highlife remains extremely popular in Ghana´s rural areas where "concert parties" combine music and theater in exuberant celebration that can last until sunrise. Amakye Dede leads Ghana´s top highlife act today. Like most highlife bands, Amakye works the concert party circuit, but he also runs a nightclub, the Abrantee Night Spot, one sure source for live highlife in Accra. Aside from popular foreign-based highlife acts like Daddy Lumba and Pat Thomas, highlife veterans like Jewel Ackah and A. B. Crentsil remain active, and new singers like Sammy Orusu continue to emerge. A group called the Western Diamonds was voted the best highlife big band in Ghana at three GBC (Ghana Broadcasting Company) MUSIGA Awards during the 1990s.

Highlife in Nigeria

In Lagos, beginning in the ´60s, guitar highlife bands grew out of older acoustic "Ibo blues" and palm wine music. As in Ghana, the guitar-based sound caught on as a more rock-informed alternative to the big band style pioneered by E.T. Mensah, Bobby Bentsen and Cardinal Jim Rex Lawson. Bobby and Jim Rex´s bands blazed the homegrown highlife trail in Nigeria, starting in the ´50s. In 1976, following the end of Nigeria´s civil war, Prince Nico and his Rocofil Jazz scored a huge hit with "Sweet Mother," reportedly the biggest-selling African record ever at over 13 million copies. Half Cameroonian, Nico sought an international sound influenced by Congolese music, and he remained popular into the ´80s, though he never recorded a tune to top his early hit. Most of Nigeria´s highlife groups came from Iboland, and highlife all over Nigeria remains primarily an Ibo music. Highlife greats include Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe, Oliver de Coque, Muddy Ibe, and the legendary Oriental Brothers. Originally three actual brothers from the eastern city of Owerri, the Oriental Brothers thrived in the ´70s with their complex, buoyant, guitar-and-percussion sound and crying vocal harmonies. Feuds between the brothers ultimately led each to form his own band. Singer Dr. Sir Warrior headed one version of the Oriental Brothers, while guitarist Dan Satch headed another, and the third brother Godwin Kabaka Opara started his own group Kabaka International. Highlife goes on, especially in eastern Nigeria, though on the national scene, it remains overshadowed by widely popular juju, fuji and now reggae. One of the first Nigerian musicians to add reggae to the mix, Ibo highlife innovator Sonny Okosun still sells well. Sonny began mixing highlife and reggae in the style he called ozzidi back in the mid ´70s. In 1994, his gospel release Songs of Praise sold close to a million copies.
 

Source:  | Hits: 23020 | Envoyer à des amis  ! | Imprimer ! | Réagir(1)

PLUS DE NOUVELLES


  Le trésor que l’Allemagne doit au Cameroun
( | 07.12.2006 | 13224 hits  | 0 R)

  le rideau est tombé sur les cérémonies du Ngondo 2006
( | 06.12.2006 | 11847 hits  | 0 R)

  Le message du NGONDO 2006 - L’UNITE ENTRE TOUS LES CHEFS
( | 04.12.2006 | 11655 hits  | 0 R)

  Ngondo : Le vase sacré attend recevoir le message ancestral
( | 30.11.2006 | 11801 hits  | 0 R)

  Ngondo 2006 Kicks Off by. Joe Dinga Pefok, PostNewsLine
( | 29.11.2006 | 13894 hits  | 0 R)

  Interview du Chef Supérieur Deido Essaka Ekwalla Essaka
( | 18.11.2006 | 11779 hits  | 0 R)

  Origine du Ngondo
( | 15.11.2006 | 14956 hits  | 0 R)

  Ngondo: Espoir d´une jeunesse déracinée.
( | 15.11.2006 | 12070 hits  | 0 R)

  Ngondo 2006: Le Programme officiel
( | 15.11.2006 | 11366 hits  | 0 R)

  LA VEILLEE DU NGONDO
( | 14.11.2006 | 15623 hits  | 0 R)

  LE NGONDO.....par Maître DOUALA MOUTOME
( | 14.11.2006 | 13799 hits  | 0 R)

  La célébration du Ngondo
( | 14.11.2006 | 11397 hits  | 0 R)

  LE NGONDO - Le Paradis Tabou - Autopsie d´une culture assassinée - Ebele Wei ( Valère EPEE)
( | 12.11.2006 | 18784 hits  | 3 R)

  Temoignage: Ces pionniers qui s’en vont
( | 11.11.2006 | 16054 hits  | 0 R)

  LE BOURBIER IVOIRIEN (par Sam Ekoka Ewande)
( | 08.11.2006 | 10730 hits  | 0 R)

  Initiatives : le pied du Dr Paul Ngallè Menessier à l’étrier
( | 30.10.2006 | 18667 hits  | 2 R)

  ACTION de GRACE du Dr. MENESSIER
( | 30.10.2006 | 16321 hits  | 1 R)

  SAMUEL EBANDA II - Le muezzin de la culture camerounaise gravement malade
( | 29.10.2006 | 17006 hits  | 0 R)

  NJO LEA : LE REVE BRISE
( | 26.10.2006 | 12758 hits  | 0 R)

  Eugène Njo-Léa : Au bout d’une triste prolongation…
( | 25.10.2006 | 20770 hits  | 4 R)

  LE “KABA NGONDO” - exposition "Lambo la tiki" Douala
( | 24.10.2006 | 24872 hits  | 0 R)

  PEUPLE SAWA: avant de passer à l´action - TROISIEME FEUILLE DE ROUTE
( | 22.10.2006 | 23338 hits  | 2 R)

  Aftermath of the Trial
( | 22.10.2006 | 12837 hits  | 0 R)

  Epilogue
( | 22.10.2006 | 12722 hits  | 0 R)

  Mpondo´s Reply
( | 19.10.2006 | 17723 hits  | 0 R)

  The Charges
( | 19.10.2006 | 16616 hits  | 0 R)

  Dr. Levi´s Defense
( | 19.10.2006 | 15590 hits  | 0 R)

  The Story of Mpondo Akwa (1905): Overview of the Legal Context
( | 16.10.2006 | 28723 hits  | 2 R)

  The Story of Mpondo Akwa (1905): Background to the Trial
( | 16.10.2006 | 22729 hits  | 0 R)

  The Story of Mpondo Akwa (1905): Dr. Moses Levi of Altona defending Prince Mpondo from Kamerun
( | 12.10.2006 | 25588 hits  | 1 R)

  Moukouri Manga Bell : L’opposant à la retraite
( | 12.10.2006 | 13959 hits  | 0 R)

  Adolf Lotin Same, fondateur de la 1ère Eglise Africaine au Cameroun
( | 07.10.2006 | 32470 hits  | 1 R)

  Le Pasteur LOTIN SAME
( | 06.10.2006 | 28099 hits  | 2 R)

  Rires et larmes pour Eboa Lotin
( | 06.10.2006 | 18808 hits  | 0 R)

  Eboa Lotin comme vous ne l’avez pas connu : Protais Ayangma : l’écorché vif que j’aimais
( | 06.10.2006 | 18415 hits  | 0 R)

  Hommage à un poète bantou: Eboa Lotin chroniqueur du quotidien
( | 06.10.2006 | 17757 hits  | 0 R)

  Hommage à EBOA LOTIN, poète, artiste et journaliste
( | 06.10.2006 | 17703 hits  | 0 R)

  Réaction sur l´article "Le Pasteur Lotin Same"
( | 06.10.2006 | 16863 hits  | 0 R)

  Eboa Lotin, neuf ans déjà
( | 06.10.2006 | 16684 hits  | 0 R)

  La classe de l’oncle Tom
( | 06.10.2006 | 16476 hits  | 0 R)

  Hommage appuyé à Eboa Lotin
( | 06.10.2006 | 16313 hits  | 0 R)

  L´Intérieur de la nuit - Léonora Miano
( | 06.10.2006 | 10489 hits  | 0 R)

  Suzanne Kala Lobé : Il tournait ses souffrances en dérisions
( | 06.10.2006 | 17797 hits  | 0 R)

  Rires et larmes pour un poète bantou : Trente jours pour rendre hommage à Eboa Lotin
( | 06.10.2006 | 22488 hits  | 2 R)

  COMMUNAUTE URBAINE DE DOUALA
( | 04.10.2006 | 14646 hits  | 0 R)

  ENCORE ET TOUJOURS LE HAPPENING; par Sam Ekoka Ewande
( | 04.10.2006 | 12850 hits  | 0 R)

  Christine Njeuma: Cameroon´s Pioneer Female Pilot
( | 28.09.2006 | 19413 hits  | 0 R)

  Sarah Etonge, one of the greatest Sawa woman athletes
( | 28.09.2006 | 15604 hits  | 0 R)

  Bana Ba Nyué de Adrien Eyango
( | 28.09.2006 | 9003 hits  | 0 R)

  L’Ecole Maternelle est le Cimetière de nos Cultures et Langues
( | 27.09.2006 | 12267 hits  | 0 R)



   0 |  1 |  2 |  3 |  4 |  5 |  6 |  7 |  8 |  9 |  10 |  11 |  12 |  13 |  14 |  15 |      ... >|



Jumeaux Masao "Ngondo"

Remember Moamar Kadhafi

LIVING CHAINS OF COLONISATION






© Peuplesawa.com 2007 | WEB Technology : BN-iCOM by Biangue Networks