In the present drought of Ghanaian highlife music, Ghanaian artiste Castro’s new single, Odopa, is a very refreshing release. Odopa is one of the few recent music releases that bring back the tunes of a once popular music genre, whose emergence is associated with that of a local African aristocracy during the colonial period. “This song is the definition for authentic Ghanaian music,” says Macka, a highlife music lover in Ghana.
Odopa deals with the theme of love, a most popular theme in highlife music. It is a song that celebrates a romantic love: a lover sings of his appreciation for the true love he and his partner share, and makes a promise not to spoil the love. Castro features his friend, Ghanaian international football star Asamoah Gyan and Kofi Kinaata in Odopa.
Highlife music releases declined with the appearance of private broadcast media in Ghana in the 1990s and a strong influence from Western popular music. These factors led to the emergence of a fusion of hip-hop, rap and local Ghanaian music, which has been christened hip-life. But, there have been a few brilliant highlife releases recently, and Odopa is certainly one of them.