The president of the Ghana Music Rights Organization, (GHAMRO), Rexford Owusu Marfo has hinted that highlife can never die.
Owing to the popular expression, when the last tree dies, the last man dies, the “Abiba” crooner coined his adage using these words, “Highlife can never die. The day highlife will die, all Ghanaians will die”.
According to him, a lot of songs in various genres carry the highlife spirit. He added that according to research, about 80% of hit songs got a component of highlife in them.
“That is why if you do your research, you will realize that most of the major hit songs have at least 80% highlife in them”, he told NYDJ on Y Kumasi’s ‘Ryse N Shyne’.
Rex Omar bemoaned the state in which the music genre seems to be neglected. He was disappointed in the fact that as a people, we haven’t been able to link the highlife genre to the traditional rythms. He was disappointed that as a result of this neglect, some other nations have rather done so and are benefiting tremendously.
“If we have highlife deeply rooted, we have to link it to all our traditional rhythms which we haven’t done. That is why a Nigerian can come and be making money out of it and Ghanaians are now mimicking Nigerians. Isn’t it sad?
However, Rex went on to educate the music populace by revealing that the music genre, Afro beats which has been credited to “Fela Kuti” is an offspring of highlife music. According to him, Fela studied the highlife beats when he came to reside in Ghana and upon further advancements, he created his own Afrobeats out of Ghana’s highlife.
“People don’t know that Afro beats that was created by Fela Kuti came out of highlife. Fela used to live in Ghana and he came to study our highlife. He created his own Afro beats out of our highlife. It has always been like that so Ghana we always don’t like what we have. We always want something from outside even if it was stolen from us” he told NYDJ.
In recent times, Rex Omar has come under harsh criticisms for allegedly being ineffective as the president of GHAMRO.
SOURCE: ONESIPHORUS OBUOBI