The indigenous Ghana Music Genre, highlife over the years has been under serious contention as many Ghanaians think the contemporary highlife Artistes are not doing and performing the original genre call highlife.
As we all know Highlife is a music genre that originated from Ghana in the 19th century, It uses the melodic and main rhythmic structures of traditional Akan music.
A popular beat maker, singer, rapper and a producer, Mr. Eric Appiah Fordjour popularly known in the music circles as Apya On The Beat has stated as fact that, the musician Kuami Eugene is not doing highlife music.
(Apya the Beat Maker)
The affable Kumasi beat maker speaking on Sikka Fm’s Flavour Zone, kumasi’s biggest entertainment show hosted by Kwabina Buju and monitored by Opera News writer Kwame Boadu Asare said, the melodic-patterns Kuami Eugene has been using it his music never represent highlife.
(Apya in Sikka FM’s studio)
According to Apya, the Angela hitmaker is far from highlife though some of his works sound like highlife but they are all afrobeat music.
“Is about time Ghanaians should know the difference between highlife and Afro beat and acknowledge its artistes accordingly” he added
He finally revealed that, many of today’s artistes including kuami Eugene thinks playing guitar and organ in Afro beat music makes it highlife but musical is wrong and should not be encourage in the music space.
On the other hand the current VGMA artistes of the year, Kuame Eugene has gotten numerous nominations as highlife artistes including his songs and has won a couple of awards in the regard.