Veteran hi life musician Gyedu Blay Ambolley believes music churned out in Ghana has no future.
According to the songwriter, producer, and composer, so long as Ghanaians continue to copy and do music as done elsewhere, our music has no future.
“How can Ghanaian music have a future when we are copying some peoples music, we don’t have a future. Until we become Ghanaians in our own musical form our music has no future. Every country has its own style of music, if you go to India they place Indian music, if you go to America they play hip hop, jass etc, you’ll never hear high life being played in America or India, you go to South America you’ll hear Salsa music, so why don’t we Ghanaians love to play what is ours which is the highlife. Until we become truthful to ourselves and our heritage, we don’t have anything,” the versatile musician told host Moses Aluebasi on Ejura based Naagyei FM’s entertainment show.
Indigenous highlife music became identified with Ghanaians in the 20th century onwards.
This locally brewed music at a stage was referred to as ‘Palm Wine’ music because of its prevalence within the palm wine sipping folks in Gold Coast, now Ghana, as a form of recreation.
Burger highlife was also regarded as a distinctive form of highlife believed to have been created by Ghanaian immigrants to Germany.
Highlife in any form has been greatly associated with the Ghanaian culture and an invention of the West African country.
The dominance of the genre of music has taken a nosedive in recent times compared to the 1970s.