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The Best Highlife Groups/Artists

Updated June 14, 2019 292 votes 90 voters 12.4k views13 items

Highlife artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good highlife bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top highlife bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Highlife groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all highlife bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest highlife bands of all time, since the most famous highlife artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best highlife music.

You can click on the highlife band names to see more information about that particular notable highlife group. If they're near the top of the best highlife artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top highlife bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the highlife band names themselves.

List artists include Vampire Weekend, Fela Kuti and many additional artists as well. Dowvote the artists you don't like and upvote the ones you do. The order changes depending on votes. What's in your top 10? If Barbara Kanam or Prince Nico Mbarga is in there, vote for one of those, or both.

All important, significant and iconic names in highlife music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new highlife bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of highlife, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into highlife music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good highlife bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent highlife bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best highlife bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest highlife musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular highlife bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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  • Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Highlife Groups/Artists
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    Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe (March 1936 – May 11, 2007), often referred to as just Osadebe, a Nigerian highlife musician from Atani. His career spanned over 40 years, and he is one of the best known Igbo highlife musicians. His best-known hit was the 1984 single "Osondi Owendi" (Igbo: One man's meat is another man's poison.), which established him as a leader in the highlife genre and was one of Nigeria's most popular records ever.... more on Wikipedia
    • Genres (Music): Highlife, Igbo music
    • Albums: Kedu America
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  • Sooliman Ernest "Rogie" or S. E. Rogie (1926-1994) was a highlife and palm wine guitarist and singer from Sierra Leone.... more on Wikipedia
    • Genres (Music): Highlife, Palm-wine music
    • Albums: The Palm Wine - Sounds Of S.E. Rogie, The New Sounds of S.E.ROGIE, Dead Men Don't Smoke Marijuana
    • Nationality: Sierra Leone
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  • Prof. Sir Victor Uwaifo (MON) (born 1 March 1941) is a Nigerian musician, writer, sculptor, and musical instrument inventor. He also served as commissioner for arts and culture in Edo State under the government of Lucky Igbinedion. Uwaifo is famous for his joromi music. He records under the name Sir Victor Uwaifo. His best-known songs, "Guitar Boy" and "Mami Water", were a huge hit in 1966. "Mami Water" was inspired by an encounter (which he has long maintained actually occurred) with a "mami water" (mermaid) while lounging on Bar Beach, Lagos.... more on Wikipedia
    • Genres (Music): Highlife
    • Albums: Guitar Boy Superstar: 1970-1976
    • Nationality: Nigeria
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  • Distinguish from Dr Nico.Nico Mbarga (1 January 1950 – 24 June 1997), better known as Prince Nico Mbarga, was a highlife musician, born to a Nigerian mother and a Cameroonian father in Abakaliki, Nigeria. He is renowned for his hit song "Sweet Mother", recorded with his band Rocafil Jazz, which has been described as the best-selling song in history by an African recording artist.... more on Wikipedia
    • Genres (Music): Highlife, Igbo music
    • Albums: Aki Special
    • Nationality: Nigeria
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