Jupitar Surprisingly Claims Highlife Is Not Ghanaian Music

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The dancehall lyrical general, Jupitar, claims Highlife music cannot under any circumstance be considered as Ghanaian music.

He made this assertion in an interview sighted by Zionfelix.net with Doreen Andoh on Joy FM in the wake of calls to support and promote original Ghanaian music.

Jupitar insists that although he supports the idea of greatly promoting Ghanaian music, he, however, argues that Highlife music is largely composed in Akan with foreign instruments so cannot be considered as Ghana’s main indigenous music.

“Highlife is not Ghanaian music…Highlife music is Ashanti music,” he told Doreen Andoh on Cosmopolitan Mix on Joy FM.

Jupitar also stated that a genre of music played with foreign instruments and emanating from just one part of Ghana cannot be representative enough to be called Ghanaian music.

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The artiste, who admits that his genre of music, Dancehall, cannot be considered as Ghanaian music as well, argued that there are traditional music played with local instruments in other parts of Ghana that are more indigenous than Highlife.

“We have different tribes here in Ghana… Do you know we have Borborbor? So when you say Ghanaian music, it has to be a mixture of all of that,” he said.

The Dancehall artiste also revealed that he is set to release an album which will be his first ever music album though he has recorded several singles.


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