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Highlife

Atta Mensah and Gregory F. Barz

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online, issue Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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A dance style that first appeared on the West African coast in the late 19th century. It has since developed into one of the most popular modern dance styles in the towns and cities that border the Gulf of Guinea. The term comes from the association of the style with ‘high society’ (party-going etc.).

Keywords: History; Musical characteristics

Reference Entry.  1417 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music

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