A night of tunes and melodies indeed, as Sarfoa danced away the Star Performer award on the backs of musical legends like Amakye Dede and Ewurama Badu, who hail from the Ashanti region.
Dressed in colourful African print to enhance the African uniqueness of the night, Sarfoa entertained and educated the audience about the origin and evolution of the popular Ghanaian genre, Highlife.
“What you are seeing and hearing is the melodious polyrhythmic nature of the musical instruments from Asanteman. Which directs cues and adds more aesthetics to our dances. The song you heard is what is termed as ‘Nwomkro’. Nwomkro has been one of the oldest traditional songs performed by our Asante and some Akan women. And also accompanies our Adowa dance performance. Nwomkro moved from there into another music genre called Highlife. Highlife is a combination of our traditional instruments and foreign instruments combined.
“Highlife also moved to Borga Highlife, where we have Daddy Lumba and Pat Thomas. Once again, it moved to what we know as Hiplife. Here, we have Sarkodie, Efia, Becca, Akwaboah, Okyeame Kwame, and many more. These are legends popularly known for the quantum of wisdom they invest in every lyric of the song. And they hail from the Ashanti region,” Sarfoa concluded.
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