Yung Afrika Pioneers came together to pay tribute to HighLife music, the cosmopolitan music that served as a soundtrack to Africa’s independence movements in the 50s and the 60s and out of which emerged other genres like Afrobeat, Hip Life, and Afroswing, and to the Era in which it was at it’s height.
They trace the evolution of HighLife from it’s very earliest days when the Kru sailors of Liberia introduced the guitar to West African popular music to it’s fruition in Ghana where Ballroom orchestras met Marching bands and Street Culture’s of Palmwine Music and Dagomba and such like to create a unique dance music that swept through the rest of West Africa giving expression to a new found African political consciousness.
Highlife received influences from the world over. Cuban Rumbas, Trinidadian Calypso, Jamaican Mento, and American Jazz were key ingredients in the soup. It was a very cosmopolitan and savvy sound, and as the times evolved so did it. American Soul music and Rock music too were absorbed into the genres.
Y.A.P will be playing classic hits of the era by Jerry Hanson and the Ramblers, E.T Mensah, Stargazers band, Victor Olaiya and the Cool Cats, Cardinal Rex Lawson and the Rivers band and more. Be prepared to dance.
£5 tickets on the door
Advance tickets available online