Watch the Highlife online guitar lesson by Zoumana Diarra from West African Guidebook

Highlife is traditional music from Ghana with many elements. Modern highlife has European and jazz influences. There are many kinds of highlife: This one is called Joromi. It has a dominant seven chord, which is exceptional.

Ghanese highlife music was first played in the 1920's; a mix from traditional church music, military marching music, and traditional music from neighboring countries like Liberia and Sierra Leone. After World War II, it embraced more European and jazz influences.