Hi-life music originated in present-day Ghana early in the 20th century. It harnesses the melodic and rhythmic structures of traditional Akan music, but is played mainly with Western instruments. Hi-life is distinguished by jazzy horns and multiple guitars that lead the band. Contemporary highlife has evolved with the trends and technology of today’s Ghanaian pop culture, it still retains the melodies and rhythmic structures of traditional Akan music, cementing its importance within the history and indigenous culture of the country.
We bring together a group of seasoned hi-life musicians from across the generations to have a conversation about Hi-Life which is an essential part of the Ghanaian cultural fabric.
A conversation will be interspersed with Hi-Life DJ sets from Volta Fortyfive and Richmond Kessie.
NANA KWAME AMPADU // GYEDU BLAY AMBOLLEY
LEE DOUDOO // KARI BANNERMAN // EUGENE AMPADU
KYEKYEKU // BLACK KAT GH // PETER ADARKWAH
a few more artistes TBC
The conversation will be streamed live on Rhythm Passport
Donations can be made - > PayPal https://bit.ly/3fq4U4w
All proceeds will go to musicians.