Hiplife strongly expresses its close affiliation to highlife when the former overtly borrows from the latter and rapper Edem’s vibrant re-working of Pat Thomas’ Sika Ye Mogya classic shows how the two home-grown styles can effectively feed off each other.
Edem’s version features Pat Thomas himself. The original piece was done in Fanti but Edem brings a fresh tang to the song with his usual energetic raps. He has also injected a fast club tempo into his version.
Sika Ye Mogya was originally recorded by Pat Thomas in 1991 in Ontario, Canada. The recording session included crack Ghanaian instrumentalists like Paa Joe on guitar and Carl Ricky Telfer on keyboards, bass and flute.
Edem caught attention largely with his Volta Regime album that included hit tracks such as Bra Freme, You Dey Craze and Nyornuviade. His subsequent Mass Production album offered the public other catchy songs like Ghetto Arise and Over Again.
He is an entrenched act on the music scene and trekking back in time to pick on Pat Thomas’ all-time great piece re-enforces the idea that there is a big well of highlife classics that the younger generation can always fall on to keep Ghanaian popular music forever alive.
Pat Thomas’ singer daughter, Nana Yaa is also said to have her own rendition of Sika Ye Mogya on her upcoming debut album.