Broadcast journalist and music enthusiast, Frank Kwabena Owusu has on his facebook wall shared what would be described as quite ‘lengthy but worth the read’ article on how his father influenced his love for indefensible Ghanaian Highlife music as a young boy at age  six the time.

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“Growing up from age 6 in a small city of Alajo, a suburb of Accra, listening to different types of highlife music from my late Dad’s vinyls, that plays at dawn to wake us up every morning, I naturally developed the love and passion for this authentic Ghanaian heritage genre called highlife music.

My ears have literally been tuned to sounds of highlife records irrespective of the style; be it gospel or secular, though I am particularly selective when it comes to the message it carries.

My late Dad fed me with sounds from E.T. Mensah, King Onyina, Yamoah, Agyaaku, Kakaaku, A.K. Frimpong, Adomako Nyamekye, Alex Konadu, Snr. Eddie Donkor, B.B. Collinson, Nana Ampadu and J.A. Adofo. My all favorite being “Adjoa Bene” by BB Collison and “Saman me” by Yamoah’s Band delivered by Agyaaku (Kwaisey P’s father). My wife will attest to it that whether I’m in a happy mood or sad mood, “Saman me” will be on repeat. Sometimes I tear whiles playing it when I reflect the sad passing of my late dad.

I have seen and listened to musicians of all kinds and types after assuming that administrative role at the Creative Arts Agency. It’s an honor I do not take for granted.

Few weeks ago, I was flipping through random music works on Instagram and I chanced on this highlife peace put together by this smart energetic musician Epixodemusic titled “Atia” eulogizing slim things?. As a lover of highlife music, the tones, rhythmic patterns, groove and vocal delivery hit my ear spot and I froze.

Knowing him to be familiar with the dance hall genre, I was surprised but dazzled with the finesse and ease with which he delivered the vocals with the style he pieced the music together.

Atlas, my ears have enjoyed a renaissance of classics of ‘yesteryears’ into a fusion of today??????. Something refreshing, something soothing. No wonder a resemblance of Pat Thomas that I call the legendary George Kwabena Adu (Kwabena Kwabena), could jump on the rhythm to enrich the song with his version in a beautiful collaboration with his powerful vocal prowess.

Just this week, the young dancehall artist has introduced a vocal challenge on the “Atia” rhythm and out of that I can confirm that highlife is really alive in Ghana??. Don’t be fooled, It’s gone no where. It’s made right here in Ghana, not Nigeria??. Get into his bio on Instagram and watch the skill with which young ordinary vocalists are ‘killing’ their own versions of the rhythm.

I won’t be surprised if this song gradually climbs to top the chats before December. All we need to do is to support such great minds to preserve our true identity and heritage.

I am Franky5, a lover of authentic highlife music

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