Kirsty Osei-Bempong looks at the work of the Highlife Music Deconstructed Series, a new platform seeking to preserve and promote this iconic Ghanaian sound
Inspired by the richness of Ghana’s musical heritage, three highlife music lovers have got together to establish the Highlife Music Deconstructed (HMD) Series, a platform designed to amplify the global contributions of African music, commencing with highlife.
Since September 2020, co-hosts Bernard Johnson-Tackie and Abena Serwaa, along with technical producer Patrick Ofosu, have been creating this interactive live-stream series, providing a forum for discussion about highlife’s musical evolution, the impact of social and political change on the genre and the music's wider global significance.
Watch Season 1 of HMD (five episodes) below:
Episode 1: The First Generation (1920s to mid-1950s)
Episode 2: Post-Independence (1940s to 1960s)
Episode 3: Exodus (late 1960s to 1980s)
Episode 4: Borga (early 1980s to mid-1990s)
Episode 5: Hip To Now (mid-1990s to the present day)