We Can’t Let Our “National Treasure” Die - Ambolley
Legend, Ambolley, has warned other Ghanaian veterans on the dangers of letting Ghana’s unique highlife genre die
Gyedu-Blay Ambolley has stated that it will be a terrible thing to allow Ghana's highlife to perish.
The veteran artist has made a rallying cry concerning the poor state of highlife music in the industry.
According to him, highlife is Ghana's national identity and it must be protected at all cost.
‘’Every country has its own music, so why do we have to leave highlife and chase other genres like reggae, and dancehall, among others. It is quite sad that our radios are supporting the promotion of other genres, which is a total deviation,” Mr. Ambulley said.
‘’Highlife is the mother of every dance music in the world. We cannot sit down and let highlife die because the younger ones are now doing songs on borrowed rhythms.”
“The deviation from our original music is becoming very rapid due to the missing links between the older and younger musicians. So we the older ones have to put our minds together and salvage the situation,’’
This he said at the launch of the ‘Highlife Is Alive Fan Club’ in Accra.
He charged the club with the sole purpose of uplifting the genre back to its former glory on the world stage.
Mr. George Aryee (Nii Krotia I – Noyaa Mantse Ngleshie Alata), the chairman of the fan club, stated that the Club would help create a common platform for highlife lovers, artists, and other industry players.
“Highlife is a national treasure. It is our heritage. Highlife unites us as people and it is one music that brings everybody to the dance floor. In our history as a people, highlife has served as a medium for commentary on all kinds of social, economic, or political situations,” he said.
“The creation of the music genre that has come to be known as Highlife is just about 100 years old, therefore, it is time that we find ways to ensure the continued development, advancement, promotion, and preservation of this unique national art form,’’ he said.