Article: Kuame Eugene – “The keeper of the Ghanaian patrimony, Highlife Music” by Gideon Kweku Ofori

Article: Kuame Eugene – “The keeper of the Ghanaian patrimony, Highlife Music” by Gideon Kweku  Ofori

Eugene Kwame Marfo known by his first two names at the music sphere has become the rescuer of Highlife music after his invasion into the limelight after MTN Hitmaker season 5 in 2017.

The “Angela” hitmaker after gaining the public attention has remained consistent with his style and performances and has become the only artiste among his peers who has claim to be a highlife music performer with no blend of “Afro” prefixes.

For the past three years, Ghana has experienced a new phase of music production  and one cannot discriminate highlife singer Kuame Eugene from the list of the revolutionist.

The term “new crop artistes” became so relevant after Kuame Eugene, KiDi, Kofi Kinaata, King Promise, eShun, Adina among the few dominated the music industry with their singles.

These are crop of artistes who turn dancehall musicians, raggae perfomers, hiplife singers and others to involve themselves in highlife music just to stay relevant for a period.

Their trend has brought back the love of Ghanaian highlife music and ignited some highlife legends to go back to the microphone, to mention few, KK Fosu, TicTac, Exdoe, among others.
The aforementioned new crop of artistes changed the style/trend of our music industry/production and made Ghana music relevant at the world music market.

Our industry rivals, Nigerians, began to fall again for the Ghanaian highlife music and played smart to penetrate our market by featuring our new crop arts on their “highlife” tunes. just to mention few, we saw King Promise having collabo with Wizkid to perform “Tokyo”, Kuame Eugene with Ice Prince to perform “Wish Me Well refix” among others.
Every season comes with its own crop of arts but I think the reign of these revolutionists is yet to expire.
Talking about the revolutionists, lets discuss Kuame Eugene, how he invaded the music industry, his recognitions, Influence and what the future looks like.

Kuami Eugene contested in the season 5 of the reality competition show MTN Hitmaker in 2016, where he finished third at the final. He was signed shortly afterwards to Richie Mensah’s Lynx Entertainment and has gone on to release several singles. In 2017, “Angela reached one million views on YouTube, the most for any music artist on that label, and was indicated to be in rotation among the top 10 songs in Ghana.
He garnered a strong command at the music scene and produces hits after hits counting from “confusion” after “angela”, Walaahi, hiribaba, Ohemaa,show them, No one among others and to his credit, a well performing album “Rockstar”.

Within such period Kuame Eugene invaded huge stages which includes 2 Sarkodie’s Rapperholic Concert’17, Ghana Music Honours 2017 Edition, December to Remember 2017, S Concert 2017, the 61st Ghana Independence Celebration Show at Indigo 02 in London.

The name “Kuame Eugene” became a household name after these period and especially with his own originated dance move “Shaku Shaku” which accompanied his “show dem” release.
Kuame Eugene influenced the music industry with her vocal and songwriting prowess, alongside igniting the dead cold highlife genre.

He stood to name is his style of music “highlife” whiles others are clinging to “Afrobeat”. He coined a signatory tune “highlife music” in most of his songs to highlight the existence and relevance of the Ghanaian patrimony music genre.
He gain the public approval as the best highlife music performer of the year at the 20th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.

As part of his recognition, he received a gold crown from legendary Amakye Dede, lauding him as the best highlife music performer to succeed the past generation of highlife singers, after both have blessed patrons with a remarkable performances.

Looking into the future, Kuame Eugene has gotten a great task to fulfill with his potent of being the headlight of highlife music performers in his generation.

Highlife music has to be decorative again, needs to be attractive, patronize, marketable and garner enough investors into our industry since its all we have for ourselves.

For this reason, the society is expected to be equiped with the knowledge of highlife music, its elements and composition, so as to eradicate the “Afro” prefix from the music scene.

Let give our all and support those who are on journey to uphold the Ghanaian heritage so far as our music industry is concern. If we are to boast of anything, if are to boast of supremacy among peers in music, it should be our own conceived genre, highlife music, not any other adopted music genres.

Much support for the #RockStar and #Highlife Music.


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