Hiplife Music Description

Hiplife is a musical style from Ghana (West Africa) that fuses Ghanaian highlife music with hip hop. Recorded predominantly in the Ghanaian Akan language, hiplife gainined popularity throughout West Africa and abroad, especially in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, and the Netherlands, where the Ghanaian diaspora can be found.

Highlife music evolved in the seventies and early eighties, when people began fusing traditional Akan folk music with Western pop-music, using Western instruments. The further evolution of the sound came in the late eighties/early nineties, when producers such as Jay Q, Zapp Mallet and Chief G began to incorporate Ghanaian highlife music into their production, thus creating the sound known as hiplife today. Rapper/MC Reggie Rockstone is widely considered the Godfather and originator of the hiplife sound.


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