Sunday, 7 October 2018

Highlife music was originated in Ghana not Nigeria - Pro. John Collins

John Collins, a British music professor has come out to say that Nigerians can not claim ownership of the highlife genre of music. 
Reacting to a claim by Ghanaian dancehall artiste, Jupitar, that Highlife is not Ghanaian music  Collins said the comment was not accurate.

On a radio show, the UK-born professor, who has lived in Ghana since 1969 said,“ Highlife is not Ashanti. It was originally Fanti and Ga and then Jupitar said it wasn't  Ghanaian. At the moment, Nigerians are trying to claim highlife, so he should be careful about saying that. The word itself was invented in Ghana in the 1920s but what we call highlife goes back maybe 20 or 30 years earlier. When I first used to go to Nigeria in the 1970s, all the older generation knew that highlife came from Ghana. It ’s the younger generation on both sides , who seem to have forgotten where it comes from.”

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