The highlife artiste, Dada Hafco who has released great highlife tunes like See Saw, Mensa Aka featuring KK Fosu, MenseSa featuring KK Fosu, Musuo featuring Okyeame Kwame among others over the period, has his latest track BediAnkor already on the market and it is classic.
I have listened to a number of highlife songs over the years, and I can say ‘BediAnkor’ which features PaaKwesi of Dobble fame is one of the best tunes I have ever listened to in our time. The song talks about strong love which has no barriers. A fast pace highlife song which is grooving and can be danced to by every Tom Dick and Harry.
What makes it a good highlife song?
Dada Hafco and the featured artiste, PaaKwesi of Dobble fame nailed it. These two artistes who have been championing the highlife course regardless of the challenges did their very best with message/lyrics and voice.
A very strong message of love which everybody can relate to. The song is such that it has so many hooks. One can sing the entire song without realizing it. A typical attraction to someone you love regardless of the situation. A message that is meant for all especially lovers.
The use of the whistle
One of the instruments which strikes me most in the song is the use of a ‘whistle’. The whistle alone draws the attention of people with its fine sound. The whistle ‘trick’ is that it can be used by everybody. It doesn’t need an expert to use it. It simply means that anyone at all can use the whistle without any difficulty. And that alone can cause people to follow that particular hook in the song. It makes it refreshing and anyone one at all can remember it.
Ghanaian highlife music progression ‘YaaAmposah’ is really felt in the song. That makes it original and very traditional. The lead guitar component in the song is fantastic and that can’t be underrated. The lead guitar together with other instruments started the entire song with a great feeling of wanting to listen to the tail end of it.
One of the core components to look out for in a highlife song is the conga. This particular instrument is heard throughout the song. The sound level for the conga is raised making it very traditional and authentic in the song.
The cowbell is an idiophone hand percussion instrument used in various styles of music. It has a reach input in the song sounding like ‘kaykaykay’ throughout the song. Another indigenous instrument that is inculcated in our typical highlife music.
Another instrument which would make you nod your head even if you don’t want to dance is the baseline. One simple base line but very charming and powerful. It makes the song very grooving.
he other instruments like the drums, keyboard etc make it exceptional. Undoubtedly, it is one of the greatest tunes done by Dada Hafco and I wouldn’t be surprised if it picks a number of awards in Ghana and outside the country. Kudos to Dada Hafco and PaaKwesi and the entire team who made this song a success.
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