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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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M.anifest Returns With Innovative New Project 'THE E.P.ILOGUE’

The Ghanaian rapper's new six-track EP features Anik Khan, M.I Abaga, WavyPae, Alee, and writer Nayyirah Waheed.

Following the release of his critically-acclaimed Madina To The Universe album, award-winning Ghanaian rap artist M.anifestis sharing innovative new project titled The E.P.ilogue,, a project that was put together throughout the year while M.anifest was touring Europe and the United States.

The six-track project includes star-studded collaborations from world-renowned artists from the U.S to Ghana and Lagos. Some of the names included in the credits are Anik Khan, M.I Abaga, WavyPae, Alee, and writer Nayyirah Waheed.

While describing the project, poet Waheed hints on the idea that above everything else, M.anifest is a fearless creator:

“From creating a new form to introducing new sound — it is new forms of Universes he continues to explore on MTTU + The E.P.ilogue. Here, M.anifest is inventing creations. He is touching everywhere from Madina to the universe and beyond,” states Waheed. “He is unafraid of the After — and taking us straight into the end of a universe + what comes After. M.anifest is a new astronaut.The E.P.ilogue is a new astronaut. It's time for new astronauts.”

The E.P.ilogue is an extension of the album he released last year titled Madina In The Universe, a project that boasted of the rapper’s sharp lyricism and unique flow.

Born in Accra, Ghana, M.anifest has reached great lengths and expanded the scope of his work beyond African audiences. With African music becoming a global force, and the world of streaming becoming a medium for that to happen, M.anifest has collaborated with global music legends like The Red Hot Chilli Peppers' Flea, Erykah Badu, Kojey Radical and Burna Boy, to name a few. His new project The E.P.ilogue is his sixth compilation and presents him as a creator who is relentless as an innovator and is unafraid to deviate from the status quo. The Ghanaian MC is no stranger to gracing the stage outside of Africa, his recent shows had him performing at packed out shows in London, New York, Oakland and Berlin.

Listen to The E.P.ilogue below.

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Watch Stormzy's 'This Is What I Mean' Video Featuring Amaarae, Black Sherif & Ms Banks

Michael Ebenezer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr. popularly known as Stormzy recently recruited a star-studded entourage of artists to feature on the music video for “This Is What I Mean.” The record features Amaarae, Black Sherif, Ms Banks, STORRY and Jacob Collier.

Following the release of his third studio album This Is What I Mean last week, Stormzy worked with his video team to bring the song to life.

The body of work consists of 12 tracks and also features appearances from Debbie, Sampha,, and more. The new album's single, "This Is What I Mean," is a P2J, Knox Brown, Joel Peters, and PRGRSHN-produced joiny that fully highlights Stormzy’s music ingenuity.

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Morocco Advance to the Round Of 16 in the World Cup

Morocco join Senegal as the second African country make the knockout stages at Qatar 2022.

Morocco have officially joined the string of African countries who have been excelling at the FIFA World Cup.

By beating Canada, 2-1, the North African country finish at the top of their Group F, besting strong footballing countries like Belgium and Croatia, and advancing to the last 16 teams in the World Cup.

During the game against Canada, the Moroccan side strategically capitalized on its opponents' mistakes, especially those from Canadian defender Steven Vitória and goalkeeper Milan Borjan. At the height of the game, Vitória attempted to pass the ball back to Borjan at the same time that Youssef En-Nesyri was giving chase. Borjan left his net to play the ball but En-Nesyri’s seamlessness with the ball overpowered him and gave Hakim Ziyech the leeway to easily score a goal from a distance.

By half-time against Canada, Morocco was already in the lead, with strong indications pointing to the possibility that they would push through the knockout round. The win came with an eruption of celebration from fans who witnessed the team win at Al Thumama Stadium in Qatar.

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Burna Boy Tops 2022 African Streams on Both Spotify & Apple Music

The Nigerian star dominated African streaming lists across both platforms.

On Wednesday, November 30th, Spotify announced its 2022 Wrapped campaign and personalized user experience. In line with that, the music streaming powerhouse also revealed the top songs, albums, and podcasts that dominated the playlists of its 456M listeners around the world.

With the rise of Afrobeats and Amapiano this year, also came the domination of some of Africa’s leading artists and based on the numbers that Spotify put out, Burna Boy was leading the pack. The African Giant dominated the list as The Top African Artist Streamed Globally, Top African Artist on Spotify, and Top Songs Streamed Across Africa ("Last Last").

Spotify's Top Breakout Artist in Africa this year was Asake and the Top African Songs Streamed Globally was the ever-present "Love Nwatiti" by Ckay.

Apple Music also released a list of the top songs and albums for 2022, and again, Burna Boy topped the list. The release of his sixth studio album Love, Damini generated massive critical acclaim and the leading single “Last Last” quickly a global anthem.

According to Apple’s analytics, the album was the most streamed on Apple Music Nigeria, Apple Music Ghana and Apple Music Kenya in 2022. It is also the third most streamed album on Apple Music South Africa in 2022.

According to Phiona Okumu, Head of Music, Spotify Africa, the Spotify Wrapped campaign is also an opportunity for African artists to continue to thrive both home and abroad.

“As always, we also have our Wrapped creator experience for podcasters and artists. With access to their own individualized Wrapped microsite experience, creators can dive into all the ways in which their fans listened this year. We are so excited to continue to support the growth of these artists globally and at home,” said Okumu.

The “Ye” singer has continued to push boundaries and like many of his successful peers in the African music scene, have shown the world that African music, art and talent can push global boundaries and make the world listen.

Following numerous sold out tours, including an eye-popping headliner show at New York’s Madison Square Garden, it is not difficult to see why the afrobeats heavyweight continues to thrive and put Africa as a whole on the map.

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