high·​life | \ ˈhī-ˌlīf How to pronounce highlife (audio) \

Definition of highlife

: dance music of west African origin that combines syncopated African rhythms with elements of jazz

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Recent Examples on the Web One common thread of my heritage was listening to my father's cassettes of highlife, a musical genre that combines ancient Ashanti rhythms with the rhythms of Ghana's other tribes, along with Western influences and instrumentation. Nadia Owusu, Travel + Leisure, 9 Aug. 2021 His own music increasingly looked to Caribbean and African styles, including compas from Haiti, Congolese soukous from what was then Zaire, rumba from Cuba, highlife from Ghana and makossa from Cameroon. New York Times, 8 Aug. 2021 From there Bejuco construct a sound that draws significant inspiration from Fela Kuti and Afrobeat, while nodding to cumbia, dub, hip-hop, highlife, and more. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 7 May 2021 For more than a decade, Alade has made polished Afropop, drawing from styles like Ghanaian highlife and Ivorian coupé-décalé, and performing in Swahili, French, Yoruba, Igbo, and English. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 30 Mar. 2021 The study discussed the protest contributions by reggae, highlife and other Afrobeat stars during the same period. Garhe Osiebe, Quartz Africa, 21 Feb. 2021 Multiple Nigerian artists reach Billboard’s Social 50 chart dated Oct. 24, led by highlife singer Adekunle Gold, who bows at No. 8. Kevin Rutherford, Billboard, 22 Oct. 2020 Afrobeats developed in the early 2000s, its sound the result of a fusion of elements taken from hip hop, R&B, highlife, dancehall, and more. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 24 Jan. 2020 My latest collection explored postindependence Nigerian Afro-funk, disco, and highlife subcultures through the unique perspective of my late grandmother Florence. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, 3 Apr. 2018

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1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Highlife.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highlife. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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