Highlife deconstructed | Songlines
Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Highlife deconstructed

By Kirsty Osei-Bempong

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

HMD Series Abena Serwaa And Bernard Johnson Tackie (Credit Hmdseries)

Abena Serwaa and Bernard Johnson-Tackie

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)



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