Highlife shakedown at Legon

The celebration of fifty years of Ghana’s independence is not over yet. Every programme on the street lately has some attachment to the commemorations.

So when the University of Ghana, Legon, the World Bank and other partners put together a night of pure highlife at the forecourt of Legon’s Great Hall, it was still in the spirit of the celebration.

Although the night had a low tempo start, halfway through, the atmosphere was more than charged and all true highlife lovers were not the least bit disappointed.

The night, themed ‘Time for Highlife’ was set up to establish the role of highlife in the development of Ghana.

Many highlife bands supported Nkrumah’s CPP and helped in the independence struggle, as it was a means to get information across. It has traveled through the hands of time and is currently the root of our hiplife music genre.

After a resounding welcome from the Music Department’s brass band, the Pop Band gave another stunning performance, which was purely instrumental. It even featured a lady trumpeter.

Prof. Collins from the Music Department also gave a short speech on the significance of highlife music in the country. In his speech he mentioned that highlife went all the way back to 1880 and he saw this as a time to bring back all the stars and encourage young talent in the university.

Led by Jerry Hanson Jnr., the Ramblers started with ‘Work and Happiness’ and evidently lit up the forecourt of the Great Hall with danceable highlife music as the students slow-marched in formation onto the dance floor.