once I was in Ghana and in the cab I boarded I was surprised that the music of my favourite musician, Warrior was playing, so surprisingly I inquired on the cab driver, a Ghanaian if he understood the language of the lyrics, the driver who never stopped moving his head for once in response to music said no but he was told that the man is advocating for peace and orderliness to return to the world. The man looked at me again and inquired from me on the availability of the Great Sir Warrior; my response as I danced to the music of warrior was that he had died long ago.Sir Warrior was a musical prodigy, who started at age 11 in an ensemble of Ese singers who accompanied traditional Igbo drum music.
The Ghanaian looked at me with a grief and surprise and asked me when, as I drew closer to my point of destination, I began to imagine just how I could miss hearing the music of Warrior with which I had been thrilled, but I had no option than to set-down, so I did, leaving the rest of the passengers to continue to derive pleasure from warrior’s fine tune.
'We urgently wanted an indigenous rhythm to replace the fading foreign music of waltz, rumba, etc,' [\[Ghanaian highlife pioneer E. T.] Mensah told the writer and highlife archivist, John Collins.* 'We evolved a music relying on basic African rhythms. A criss-cross African cultural sound, so to speak. No one can really lay claim to its creation. It had always been there, entrenched in West African culture.'Though it started in Ghana, highlife spread across West Africa through the fifties and sixties. Dr. Sir Warrior's brand of highlife took the guitar-driven music and combined it with traditional Igbo proverbs, making it a distinctly Igbo form.
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