Ghana Invented Palmwine Highlife Genre But Sold Out
You listen to Nigerian, Liberian and Ivorian music and you'd find traces of this music genre but what some of us don't know is the origination. Wake up Ghanaian artists.
A quick check up on youtube for great african music sent me straight to the new wave of artists. Surprisingly enough, i never saw any hiphop, dancehall and r&b but i actually saw Highlife, Hiplife, Juju, Burger, Traditional Wave and palmwine highlife.
The palmwine highlife caught my eye (mainly because of my love for the drink) so i decided to listen to some songs. I saw loads of fresh and mainstream Nigerian artists like Simi, Adekunle Gold, Show Dem Camp, Burna Boy (oh yes) and i finally saw Koo Nimo
Palmwine music is a branch of highlife which got formed through the togetherness of people under the influence of drinking palm wine (hence the title). it has strong roots of highlife and colonial music (portuguese and calypso) and it has been a strong form of music in the olden days.
But in usual fashion, Ghanaian pioneers tend to make good music, take it over the continent and abruptly leave it for others to raise it. Nigerians took palmwine highlife and rode the wave to Neo African Music and it’s very embarrassing for a Ghanaian. Fela Kuti popularized Afro Pop music in 1970’s but Osibisa rose to fame in 1969. Osibisa, according to a credible source were the first African act to popularize and market Afro pop across the world market. There are many credible acts from Ghana who raised the best form of music across the African continent like Koo Nimo who was part of the few whose American and European tours sold big.
Today, our Ghanaian musicians are wonderfully selling their soul to foreign music, dj’s and media personalities are playing more foreign based local content, the crowd is requesting for more “F.B.L.C and original Ghanaian music is going extinct. We have dancehall music, afro soul and jazz, rock and country and hiphop from Ghana. Now I’m in no way undermining them; I am even part of the problem but our real music is taken over by other countries.
Where are our people? Palmwine highlife is an untapped region in Ghana that new artists can actually dominate. Other countries are doing it, so can we. We can correctly sample some of the classics to make our own, We can tour overseas with it and score big time with it. What’s stopping us? Before you answer this question, watch this 2 palmwine highlife videos from Nigeria and comment your thoughts. Long Live Ghana Music