Mainstream Highlife Acts Who Are Still Considered Underrated

Growing up in the 80s, 90s and early 2000, many were exposed to a ‘melting pot’ of highlife music being the main forces in a typical Ghanaian household.

Waking up to the sounds of Osibisa, Nana Kwame Ampadu, E.T Mensah, A.B Crentsil just to mention but a few, was a routine in most Ghanaian homes.

Below are some mainstream highlife acts who are still considered underrated.


1. Gladstorm Kwabena Akwaboah Jnr., known by his stage name Akwaboah Jnr, is a Ghanaian singer-songwriter and producer from Mampong Beposo. He wrote “Daa Ke Daa” for Becca and “Ayeyi Ndwom” for DSP Kofi Sarpong. Both songs won their respective artistes’ awards at the 2010 Ghana Music Awards, with Akwaboah subsequently being adjudged the “Song Writer for the Year” for “Daa Ke Daa”.


2. Christie Quincyna Quarcoopome also known in showbiz as Cina Soul is a Ghanaian singer-songwriter and recording artist. A finalist at the 2014 Vodafone Ghana Music Icons competition held in Accra, Ghana.

Cina Soul’s first attempt to music was her participation in the Vodafone GhanaMusic Icons in 2014 and emerging as a finalist. After which we saw a series of mashups and covers of some mainstream songs including Mr Eazi‘s Bankulize and Cyna’s Bamidele. In 2016, Cina released her debut album, ‘Metanoia’ featuring M.anifest, Worlasi and KiDi, the record that led her to the spotlight, earning her a spot on the charts with singles; Awo and Julor.

3. Kurl Songx is a Ghanaian Afro-pop singer who came into the limelight with his single Jennifer Lomotey. The singer was accepted by the majority of music fanatics due to his sweet voice and songwriting.

Kurl Songx born Kelvin Agyekum was a teacher at Brainy World international school before his music career saw the light. He passed through the MTN Hitmaker audition where he qualified to contest the grand prize.


By Afia Owusu/|Ghana

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