British Professor, John Collins has revealed that the music genre ‘Highlife Music’ does not originate from Nigeria and so Nigerians can not lay claim to it.
The professor who was reacting to a claim by Ghanaian dancehall artiste, Jupitar, that “Highlife is not Ghanaian music”, said the comment was not accurate, reports Myjoyonline.
On a radio show, the UK-born professor, who has lived in Ghana since 1969 said:
“Highlife is not Ashanti. It was originally Fanti and Ga and then, he [Jupitar] said it wasn’t Ghanaian. At the moment, Nigerians are trying to claim highlife, so he should be careful about saying that.
“The word itself was invented in Ghana in the 1920s but what we call highlife goes back maybe 20 or 30 years earlier”, the music scholar with the University of Ghana said.