Abrantie Amakye Dede, a veteran Ghanaian musician, has stated that Nigerian artists have taken over the Highlife music genre.
Speaking on Kessben TV, the “Iron Boy”, Amakye Dede as he is affectionately known, stated that Highlife, which was previously known as a Ghanaian music genre, has shifted to Nigerians.
“Well, you know, if I want to tell you the truth, I can boldly tell you that now Highlife has shifted to the side of Nigerians,” he said, as reported by MyNewsGh.com.
“The truth should be said as it is because Ghana was known for doing Highlife music, which is what most of us have been doing for ages,” Amakye Dede said.
Amakye Dede moved to Nigeria in the 1970s where he had his hit song “Jealousy go shame”. In 1980, he formed his own band, the Apollo High Kings, and dominated the scene throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
“We brought Ghana’s Highlife music because we were known for that genre of music, but now it’s like Highlife is dying, but Highlife will never die,” he continued.