Ghanaian showbiz veteran Rex Omar, also known as Rex Owusu Marfo, recently expressed his concerns about the declining state of Highlife music.
According to Rex Omar, cultural dynamics require artists to adapt and evolve, rather than endlessly replicating the past. He emphasized the lack of investment and support from the state in preserving and promoting Highlife, which is an integral part of Ghana’s heritage.
“The state has not provided the necessary support for artists who aim to protect and promote Highlife. This has resulted in young artists gravitating towards music that is more marketable and financially lucrative,” Rex Omar shared in an interview with Amansan Krakye on Property FM in Cape Coast.
He further highlighted the financial constraints faced by artists, as they often have to rely on their own resources to record their music. This makes it difficult for them to continue producing Highlife music, especially for younger artists.