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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Thirty years ago a frustrated drummer, burned out on playing Ghanaian highlife covers in a Toronto trio, decided to write and record his own music. Noah Schaffer, BostonGlobe.com, 28 Sep. 2022 Gregory Newman, who goes by the stage name King Promise, is a Ghanaian highlife and afrobeat singer-songwriter signed to Sony Music UK. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 27 Sep. 2022 In the end, his experimentation with Afrobeat, highlife, and rock, coupled with his larger-than-life personality, attracted more attention than his rock peers. Ama Udofa, Rolling Stone, 19 June 2022 From traditional West African highlife music to modern-day Afrobeat R&B, Adekunle Gold has become one of the top exports during the genre’s globalization. Emanuel Okusanya, Variety, 8 June 2022 Afrobeat is a genre with the familiar universal appeal of jazz, soul and Ghanaian highlife, alongside the polyrhythmic drumming foundations of the Yoruba, Ewe, and Ga tribes. Christian Adofo, Billboard, 23 Mar. 2022 Pat Thomas brought distinct approaches, having honed their craft in big dance highlife bands. Christian Adofo, Billboard, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 27 Jan. 2023.

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