Who is Highlife? Ghana Music - Made in Germany
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Highlife Music is the rock-â€˜nâ€˜-roll of Africa, and it all started in Ghana, West Africa. There is hardly a musical style which has not been fused with Highlife rhythms. This led to the genesis of Burger Highlife, a fusion of traditional music with disco and funk that was created in the recording studios of DÃ¼sseldorf and Berlin by Ghanaian musicians. Accompanied by usic and interviews, the film tells the story of how this specific brand of fusion music
came about. Top Burger Highlife stars, including George Darko, Lee Dodou, Pat Thomas, McGod, Bob Fiscian, Albert Jones, Nana Aboagye Da-Costa, Daddy Lumba, Nana Acheampong, Atongo Zimba and Nana Asamoah, John Collins and others, all present their hits. Since there is always more to music than the music itself, the documentary has also turned into a film about
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WHO IS HIGHLIFE?
MusicDocu by Wilma Kiener - Dieter Matzka - Alpha Suberu
Highlife Music is the Rockâ€™nâ€™Roll Africas and all started in Ghana.
Ghana swings from morning until well after midnight to the tunes of Highlife Music. Ever since the heyday of colonialism, West African musicians have created a combination of typical Ghanaian beats with constantly changing Western influence - from the rhythmical palm wine music of the 30s, Kwame Nkumah's national confession for dance band Highlife in the 50s, the exiled Ghanaian musicians in Germany in the 80s, to Hiplife-mix now.
In the 80s Burger Highlife was born in sound studios of DÃ¼seldorf and Berlin where ghanaian musicians together with german sound engineers created a sound mix of traditional Highlife with disco and funk.
The birth of this special fusion music tells the film with music hits and interviews.
The musicians are competing for the true and best highlife song with such as Ghana, Land of Freedom, Come to Africa, Money is Blood, Odo Beba, Ocean Wind, Tonight, Highlife Agogo, No Beer in Heaven, and others, thereby setting in motion feelings of homesickness and cosmopolitanism, moment and utopia, vitality and sense of reality.
What is the secret of Highlife?
If it is true that there are only three things that can alter a man's sense of himself - Religion, Sex and Drugs - what then is Highlife? According to the famous Highlife expert Professor John Collins there can be little doubt: Music is the carrier in the human brain which manipulates the soul and spirit.
The film "Who is Highlife?" was produced in the years 2007 and 2008 between the big concerts of the Goethe-Institut in Accra â€žMade in Germany - Burger Highlifeâ€œ took place.
With Nana Asamoah, Nana Aboagye Da-Costa, John Collins, George Darko, Lee Dodou, McGod, Bob Fiscian, Albert Jones, Daddy Lumba and Nana Acheampong (Lumba Brothers), Pat Thomas, Wulomei, Atongo Zimba...
Germany/Austria/Ghana - 2009
Support: FilmFernsehFonds Bayern (FFF Bayern), Goethe-Institut, Government Upper Austria, Ghana Tourist Board
Production: Matzka-Kiener-Filmproduktion (D), Lampion Film (A) and Cinecon Africa (GH) limited
Format: DVCam / 106 Minuten
- Running time
- 106 minutes
- Dieter Matzka ... Director / Producer
- Wilma Kiener ... Co-Director /Producer
- Alpha Yahaya Suberu ... Co-Director /Producer
- Dieter Matzka ... Director of Photography
- Prod. Co.
- Production: Matzka-Kiener-Filmproduktion (D), Lampion Film (
- Years of Production
- 2007 - 2009
- Ghana / Germany
- Prod. Partners
- Support: FilmFernsehFonds Bayern (FFF Bayern), Goethe-Institut, Government Upper Austria, Ghana Tourist Board
- Release year
- 27th Int. Filmfest Munich 2009, 9th Ethnologische Filmtage MÃ¼nchen 2009, UNERHOERT! Int.MusicFilmFestival Hamburg, 8th INT. KaraFilmFESTIVAL 2010, â€žEU FILM FESTIVALâ€œ Ghana 2010, 23.Festival DER NEUE HEIMATFILMÂ (A), FESPACO 2011 Ouagadougou, a.s.o.
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- Broadcast (Prod.)
- English / German / Twi
- English, German, French, Portuguese, Arab, Indonasian
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