Burger Highlife Concert @ Alliance Fransaise

A burger highlife concert featuring music greats such as George Darko, Pat Thomas, Lee Dodo and Charles Amoah would on Friday, May 13 take place at the Alliance Française in Accra.

The concert, which forms part of activities marking the 50 th anniversary of the Goethe-Institut in Accra, will also bring on stage Samini, who will appear with George Darko, and Nana Yaa, who will join her dad, Pat Thomas, on stage.

Burger Highlife is a special music style created in Germany by Ghanaian musicians who immigrated to Germany in the mid and late 1970s. They employed Ghanaian highlife and successfully fused it, thereby creating a crossover mixture of highlife, disco and funk music.

During the late 70’s to early 80’s, there was a massive exodus of Ghanaians to foreign lands. One of the countries that attracted Ghanaians was Germany, with many making the cities of Berlin, Dusseldorf and Hamburg their second home.

Burger Highlife was born when Ghanaian musicians in Germany started collaborating with German musicians and producers. Several experiments and improvisations resulted in the crossover music style – a dramatic blend of highlife, disco and funk.

The creation of a Ghanaian-German cross-cultural fertilization between two countries and cultures bear all the significant hallmarks of co-operation. People from different cultural backgrounds collaborated and exchanged ideas and aspirations that gave birth to a new synthesis that has imparted positively on the two cultures.

The concert is being sponsored by Silver Star, Lufthansa, Graphic Communications Group, GTV, Alliance Française, and The Heritage.

By George Clifford Owusu

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