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Popular Music in Ghana I. Highlife a. Most popular national music of Ghana b. Originated in Ghana in the early 1920s and spread through Nigeria, Liberia, and Sierra Leone c. Highlife c.i. High c.ii. Life d. Palm-wine and guitar band highlife e. Adaha highlife (colonial military brass-band) f. Dance-band highlife g. Created by coastal west African musicians h. Combination of local stringed (seprewa & guitar) and percussion instruments i. (prepresewa & gome drum) j. Style: two finger technique of plucking the guitar k. Palm-wine guitar style was latter fused with Fanti fishermen’s traditional Isibi music (now osibisa) l. It is performed in 4/4 or 12/8 time and in pentatonic scale m. Palm-wine music is mainly sung in Fanti and Twi; now Akeapem n. Mostly 2-3 guitars, drums, bell and prepresewa o. Structure: ABA (lead/chorus, story telling, lead/chorus) p. Traditional attire is required (kente) q. Harmony: unison, 3rds, 5ths and octaves. There is room for interjection and improvisation.
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