Burger Highlife was a music style that was created by Ghanaians who resided in Germany in the late 90s
Highlife gained momentum in the late 1900s due to the influence of E.T Mensah. The King of Highlife music mixed both guitar and contemporary sounds to create traditional music.
German-based Ghanaian musicians like George Darko, Lee Doudo, Rex Gyamfi, Charles Amoah, Nana KwameAmpadu, and the Lumba Brothers championed Burger Highlife
In 1980, a new music style, Burger highlife was created by Ghanaian musicians who were based in Germany. The musicians infused disco, funk, reggae, and computer-generated sounds to create percussion and harmonies in their songs.
Let’s look at a brief background of the early life of some of the pioneers of Burger Highlife.
Ghanaian-born vocalist, composer, and songwriter George Darko came into the music scenes in the late 1980s. Growing up, George attended the Presbyterian school at Akropong in the Eastern part of Ghana.
In 1970, George traveled to Germany for “greener pastures” and later formed his band. He released his first single “Ako Te Brofo”, which means “The Parrot Understands English” in 1980.
Lee Doudo came into the limelight after he was invited to be the vocalist for the Ghanaian group Kantata. The group was known for hit songs like “Akpeteshie”, “Odo Mpa”, “Akwankwa” among others.
The music “mystro” went solo in the late 90s, recorded his songs, and later joined Living Spirits as a guitarist.
Charles Amoah started his musical journey as a prolific drummer for various music bands in Ghana. His song “Eye OdoAsem”, became a hit in the late 1987s.
He later released songs like “Sweet Vibration”, “Me Ne Wo Begoro” during his days in Germany.
Over the past few years, the new crop of Ghanaian musicians has taken inspiration from the music genre. Fast-rising musician Michael Takyi- Frimpong, popularly known as Lord Paper released a typical Burger Highlife song titled “Asa Bone”, which featured Bosom P-Yung. The Michael Jackson-inspired visuals gave a true picture of the popular dance styles in the late ‘80s and ‘90s.
Throwing more light on the concept of the song, he said, “It’s been a while since Ghana heard such a song, but it’s been part of us from way back. For some time now, it’s been afrobeat, hip-hop, and highlife. So I decided to bring it back”.
Burger Highlife is the future of Ghanaian music. Industry players in the Ghanaian music industry should look at how best we can promote Burger Highlife in the 21st century.
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Story By Samuel Addo-Kofi