high·​life ˈhī-ˌlīf How to pronounce highlife (audio)
: dance music of west African origin that combines syncopated African rhythms with elements of jazz

Examples of highlife in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Delivered in English and Twi, his music mixes traditional Ghanaian sounds, highlife especially, with modern ones, drill especially, for a deeply effective blend. Rolling Stone, 15 Mar. 2024 The headliners are dancehall act Stonebwoy and highlife/hip-hop artist Black Sherif. Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2024 My dad was a heavy jazz person, and my mum was heavy on the old-school highlife and reggae music. Nelson C.j., Rolling Stone, 28 June 2023 She’s lived the highlife on the U.K. chart like few others, with 12 albums hitting No. 1 — a record for a solo female artists and equal with Bruce Springsteen at No. 3 on the all-time list. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 23 Aug. 2022 Growing up, Bose witnessed her father’s relationship with Kuti, the first artist to combine American jazz and funk, Ghanaian highlife and Yoruba chanting and drumming with unabashedly political lyrics addressing the reality of life in his home country. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 12 May 2022 Festivities will begin at 4 p.m. and run until 2 a.m. A midnight toast will include a complimentary highlife pony. Alexa Gagosz, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Dec. 2022 Artists here are digging deep, from singers such as Zinoleesky and Bella Shmurda to The Cavemen's neo-highlife beats and genre-defying Cruel Santino and Odunsi (The Engine). Nelson C.j., Condé Nast Traveler, 4 Jan. 2022 The tape was an energetic mix of highlife, electro-funk, and the hip-hop Ata Kak had loved since seeing Grandmaster Flash on TV in the ‘80s. Noah Schaffer, BostonGlobe.com, 28 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of highlife was in 1942

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“Highlife.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highlife. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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