Ghanaians listen to hiplife, highlife, Gospel, Raggae and other African music. Musical trends have reflected changes in Ghanaian society over the last half-century. (1950s – 2000s)

1960s

In the early years of Ghanaian independence the popularity of highlife was maintained.

A number of guitar highlife outfits formed following the success of The Tempos, including Nana Ampadu and his band the African Brothers and A.B. Crentsil.

Nana Ampadu
Nana Ampadu
A. B. Crentsil
A. B. Crentsil

E.T. Mensah continued to perform, as did other highlife bands such as Ramblers International and the Professional Uhuru Dance Band.

Ramblers International Band
Ramblers International
Professional uhuru dance band
Professional Uhuru Dance Band

The rise of Congolese music in the 1960s resulted in a decline in the popularity of the genre.

President Kwame Nkrumah, who led Ghana into independence, was overthrown by a military coup in 1966. The upheaval saw many Ghanaian musicians that had flourished in the 60s emigrating. Many moved to the US, UK, Nigeria and Germany, among other countries.

kwame nkrumah

By the end of the decade pop music from the US and, to a lesser extent Europe, had come to dominate Ghana’s music scene.

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