Sunday, March 04, 2012

Bookmarks: Fatai Rolling Dollar

Now, that's a comeback: France24 meets Fatai Rolling Dollar, who's not only launching a comeback in his 80s, but also attempting to bring back an entire genre:

Wearing a yellow-and-blue outfit, canary yellow sunglasses and a military beret, he sits in a popular Lagos bar discussing the highlife music that was born in Ghana in the early 1900s and reached its peak in the region in the 1950s and early 1960s.

Highlife features quick, repetitive rhythms driven by electric guitar and wind instruments played beneath a sometimes melancholic chant that typically satirises modern life.