In times past, we’ve had decorated highlife musicians who have impacted our lives through their music, even though they are not in good standing as it stands, their songs still inspire and get us on our feet anytime they’re being played.
Arguments happening recently on social media and in our traditional media space is getting hotter and interesting as highlife music fans and entertainment pundits debate which artiste truly rocks highlife and deserves to be crowned a highlife king.
The two main artistes, fans are arguing about are Kuami Eugene and Kofi Kinaata. These two outstanding acts, since their breakthrough, have been tremendous throughout, and fans really appreciate their craft.
But no matter what, fans will always have their favourites and your favourite may not be another person’s favourite, so it’s always important you respect other peoples opinion, at least, for what they prefer based on their own reasons.
At least, I believe a few of you here witnessed Kuami Eugene being crowned the highlife king at the 2018 Vodafone Ghana music awards which have been the genesis of this whole high-life king brouhaha and are still on the lips of many Ghanaian music lovers.
This argument seems unending. However, no matter how long boxers stay in a ring, there’s definitely going to be a winner. We have to set the record straight between both artistes to level the playing field.
A little career background in retrospect on Kuami Eugene and Kofi Kinaata:
In relation to the issue under discussion, Kuami Eugene started music as a high-life artiste, and about 90% of the songs he’s dropped since his career kick-started, are all highlife rated songs. Although some of his songs have been marked as not proper high-life, the lynx entertainment artiste has a convincing number of highlife songs with great listeners who are always glued and anticipating more from the Rockstar.
Kuami Eugene has won the VGMA high-life artiste of the year 3 consecutive times. Crowning all his ratings, Highlife legend, Amakye Dede was tasked to Crown Kuami Eugene ‘highlife king’ of the younger generation at the 2018 VGMA awards night.
Kofi Kinaata, on the other hand, is a Rapper. He began music as a hardcore rapper, was one of the best mc’s in the country, but switched to highlife in late 2014 and had his first hit and major high-life song ‘Susuka’ in 2015. The former high grader has since been massaging our ears with good highlife tunes.
His recent high-life hit song ‘Things fall apart’ skyrocketed his ratings making fans believe he deserves to be crowned the ‘highlife king’. He’s a one-time VGMA highlife artiste of the year.
Judging from their respective musical backgrounds and popularity, I think both artists are fantastic acts and kings in their own way. They are all loved and being patronized by Ghanaians.
However, fans will always choose their favourites and crown them. So who are you crowning the highlife king, Kofi Kinaata or Kuami Eugene?