Many have written off the music genre called high-life, for so-called trendier forms, hip-life, reggae, jazz, crank, hip-hop and R&B. But when faced with afflictions, challenges and grief they dig deep to tap into that they attempt to write off, what is unequivocally theirs for comfort.
So it was upon the announcement of the shocking news of the departure of our former president to glory. A nation in mourning turned to dirges, and high-life provided a huge lot of it. Even those stations heavy on foreign content or “abrofosem” saw the need to play such local songs to assuage the pain of the nation. Even those platforms which would normally be heavy with political talk in the mornings, suddenly turned to highlife music.
Again, it was greats such as Kojo Antwi with “Mere bi beba”; Amakye Dede with “Sansa kro ma”, “Kuse, kuse” and J.A Adofo with “Adwoa penama”, “Nsuo ayire me”, “Meye agyanka”. Others are Pryce Armah with “”Aame gyae su”; K. Gyasi with “Dankwaa ma”; Akwasi Ampofo Adjei with “Onipa ye awereho” and Nana Ampadu with “Onipa nse hwee” as well as countless others whose music and wise words fed the soul of the nation in such grave times.
Hard as the death of the president is I am comforted that when it matters most we rise up and connect with our true selves. May Mawu bless us all.