Bands/Musicians The Best Highlife Groups/Artists  

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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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Fela Kuti is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Highlife Groups/Artists
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Fela Kuti, also known as Fela Anikulapo Kuti or simply Fela, was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, human rights activist, and political maverick. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Highlife, Afrobeat

Albums: Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense, Opposite People / Sorrow Tears and Blood, Beasts of No Nation, The '69 Los Angeles Sessions, Stalemate, + more

Nationality: Nigeria

Labels: Shanachie Records, MCA Records, Victor Entertainment, EMI, Universal Music Group, + more

Career Began: Abeokuta, Nigeria

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Oliver De Coque was a Nigerian singer and guitarist. He started playing music at the age of 17 with Ekpili. De Coque is from Ezinifite, Nnewi South Local Government Area, Anambra State. oliver de coque has recorded not less than 73 albums in a quick succession, his music dance style is known as ogene sound, which blended modern high life and traditional Igbo music, ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Highlife, Igbo music

Nationality: Nigeria

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Sooliman Ernest "Rogie" or S. E. Rogie 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

Labels: Real World Records

Career Began: Sierra Leone

Prince Nico Mbarga is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Highlife Groups/Artists
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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. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Highlife, Igbo music

Albums: Aki Special

Nationality: Nigeria

Career Began: Abakaliki, Nigeria