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The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month

Featuring Shatta Wale, Strongman, Kiddblack, Bryan The Mensah and more.

It's a brand new year, and you know what that means – brand new music!

As we began the year, several Ghanaian recording artists issued new releases, some attempting to re-up on the magic of last year, and some attempting to stake a new claim on the airwaves and charts in 2020.

We give you a list of the best songs to come out of Ghana in January. Check it out below.

The list is in no particular order.


​​Kuami Eugene "Turn Up"​​

Lynx Entertainment singer Kuami Eugene launches the year with this upbeat afrobeats tune, hoping to get the party started early. On the self-produced joint he sings "forgetii everybody eee" as he urges you to drop everything else and just like the title says, turn up!

MzVee "Sheriff"

Ghanaian dancehall A-lister MzVee returns from a lengthy hiatus with this reggae tune right here. She declares herself the new sheriff in town, as she performs amidst an action movie themed music video.

Bosom P-Yung "Atta Adwoa"

January gave birth to a brand new viral sensation, as rapper Bosom P-Yung strode into the limelight with his uber catchy tune "Atta Adwoa". Bosom spills rap-sung melodies all over the trap beat, delivering an animated performance of the heartbreak anthem.

Medikal ft. KiDi "Come Back"

After Medikal's very public break up with his ex-girlfriend, Ghanaian actress and entrepreneur Fella Makafui, the rapper makes an open attempt at reconciliation on record. Assisted by star singer KiDi, he issues this MOGBeatz produced afrobeats joint in an effort to win his lover back.

Shatta Wale "Akwele Take"

Ghana's most popular dancehall act Shatta Wale dropped this brand new afrobeats tune titled "Akwele Take", trending on Twitter instantly after its release. Gearing up for his North American tour which is scheduled to start in June 2020, from the look of things the singer wants to get a head start stocking up on new hits before he hits the road.

Kiddblack ft. Kwesi Arthur "Dirty Diana"

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Rapper and La Meme Gang member Kiddblack issued this mid-tempo fusion of dancehall and afrobeats ballad titled "Dirty Diana". On this one he details a sensual adult encounter between him and his "Dirty Diana", assisted by rapper Kwesi Arthur as they sing the praises of a woman who's promiscuous, but very much to their pleasure.

Kelvynboy "New Year"

Singer and ex-Bhimnation signee Kelvynboy ushered in the new year with a single and video titled, you guessed it – "New Year". Here, he sings about some of the issues he faced last year, the things he intends to achieve this year, and more.

Delis & Kofi Taylor "Grace"

Talented cat on the come up Delis presented us with this gem, a collaboration with Kofi Taylor simply titled "Grace". The duo rap and sing to their Maker, asking and giving thanks for His grace on their lives and respective hustles, backed all through by uplifting synths and happy melodies. Personal fave!

Bryan The Mensah "Medicine"

The hip-hop heads weren't left out of the action, as Bryan The Mensah opened the year with this single and video titled "Medicine". The rapper waxed lyrical about his desires in life over an 808-laced flipped soul sample, letting his trademark rap-sung vocals shine in between quick fire bars.

Strongman ft. Medikal "Bossu"

Former rap rivals Strongman and Medikal, the subjects of one of the most popular Ghanaian music beefs in 2019, issue proof of their reconciliation with this release, a collaboration titled "Bossu". The newly united duo take turns issuing claims of rap dominance, complete with ethereal visuals directed by Prince Dovlo.


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Artwork: Barthélémy Toguo Lockdown Selfportrait 10, 2020. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Goes to Paris in 2021

The longstanding celebration of African art will be hosted by Parisian hot spot Christie's for the first time ever.

In admittedly unideal circumstances, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair will be touching French soil in 2021. The internationally celebrated art fair devoted to contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora will be hosted in Paris, France from January 20 - 23. With COVID-19 still having its way around the globe, finding new ways to connect is what it's all about and 1-54 is certainly taking the innovative steps to keep African art alive and well.
In partnership with Christie's, the in-person exhibits will take place at the auction house's city HQ at Avenue Matignon, while 20 international exhibitors will be featured online at Christies.com. And the fun doesn't stop there as the collaboration has brought in new ways to admire the talent from participating galleries from across Africa and Europe. The fair's multi-disciplinary program of talks, screenings, performances, workshops, and readings are set to excite and entice revelers.

Artwork: Delphine Desane Deep Sorrow, 2020. Courtesy Luce Gallery


The tech dependant program, curated by Le 18, a multi-disciplinary art space in Marrakech medina, will see events take place during the Parisian run fair, followed by more throughout February.
This year's 1-54 online will be accessible to global visitors virtually, following the success of the 2019's fair in New York City and London in 2020. In the wake of COVID-19 related regulations and public guidelines, 1-54 in collaboration with Christie's Paris is in compliance with all national regulations, strict sanitary measures, and security.

Artwork: Cristiano Mongovo Murmurantes Acrilico Sobre Tela 190x200cm 2019


1-54 founding director Touria El Glaoui commented, "Whilst we're sad not to be able to go ahead with the fourth edition of 1-54 Marrakech in February as hoped, we are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to be in Paris this January with our first-ever fair on French soil thanks to our dedicated partners Christie's. 1-54's vision has always been to promote vibrant and dynamic contemporary art from a diverse set of African perspectives and bring it to new audiences, and what better way of doing so than to launch an edition somewhere completely new. Thanks to the special Season of African Culture in France, 2021 is already set to be a great year for African art in the country so we are excited to be playing our part and look forward, all being well, to welcoming our French friends to Christie's and many more from around the world to our online fair in January."

Julien Pradels, General Director of Christie's France, said, "Christie's is delighted to announce our second collaboration with 1-54, the Contemporary African Art Fair, following a successful edition in London this October. Paris, with its strong links to the continent, is a perfect place for such a project and the additional context of the delayed Saison Africa 2020 makes this partnership all the more special. We hope this collaboration will prove a meaningful platform for the vibrant African art scene and we are confident that collectors will be as enthusiastic to see the works presented, as we are."


Artwork: Kwesi Botchway Metamorphose in July, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery 1957


Here's a list of participating galleries to be on the lookout for:

Galleries

31 PROJECT (Paris, France)
50 Golborne (London, United Kingdom)
Dominique Fiat (Paris, France)
Galerie 127 (Marrakech, Morocco)
Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris, France)
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire/ Dakar, Senegal)
Galerie Eric Dupont (Paris, France)
Galerie Lelong & Co. (Paris, France / New York, USA)
Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, France / Brussels, Belgium)
Galleria Continua (Beijing, China / Havana, Cuba / Les Moulins, France / San Gimignano, Italy / Rome, Italy)
Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana / London, United Kingdom)
Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca, Morocco)

Luce Gallery (Turin, Italy)
MAGNIN-A (Paris, France)
Nil Gallery (Paris, France)
POLARTICS (Lagos, Nigeria)
SEPTIEME Gallery (Paris, France)
This is Not a White Cube (Luanda, Angola) THK Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa) Wilde (Geneva, Switzerland)

For more info visit 1-54

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