Long before afrobeats made an impact, one of the biggest musical styles to emerge from West Africa was highlife.

Kwabena Kwabena has kept the flag flying high by releasing a steady stream of singles in that vein.

“It’s a genre which has put Ghana on the map,” he tells BBC Focus on Africa radio.

“Loving the fact that I am a Ghanaian, I embrace highlife music as my own. That’s what I am born to do – I can’t identify myself with any other genre but highlife.”

He also tells Focus on Africa’s Mark Wilberforce why he’s launched a project focusing on celebrities’ mental health, and explains the meaning behind his name.



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