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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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DJ Neptune Surveys the Sounds & Genres Running Africa In His New Album

Greatness 2.0 features an all-star cast of African artists and jumps from afrobeats to amapiano to asakaa, Ghana’s thrilling new take on drill.

Transitioning from a DJ to an artist is no small feat. Nigeria’s DJ Neptune has always had good ear for what the people want to hear, but in past years he's also shown his skill at assembling hitmakers to make a hit and earn a spot on any afrobeats playlist.

Neptune has been dotingly described as "Africa’s DJ Khaled" for his ability to bring the continent’s top names together in musical harmony. His 2018 debut album, Greatness: The Album, pulled from his extensive contacts and years of experience as one of Nigeria’s most influential radio personalities to create a star-studded compilation with features from Burna Boy, Davido, Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Efya, Kizz Daniel and Olamide, to name a few.

In 2020, during the pandemic, DJ Neptune endeared himself with his intimate live sessions with Neptune Isolation Radio, where he constantly entertained people during the lockdown. After more than a decade as a DJ, and also one of afrobeats’ most influential personalities and curators, he has assembled some of Africa’s hitmakers for his sophomore album, Greatness 2.0, which he describes as “a playlist with Africa’s favorite artists.”

Artists on the truly pan-African project include Nigeria’s Mr Eazi, Rema, Patoranking, Yemi Alade, Stonebwoy, Joeboy, Omah Lay, Simi, Adekunle Gold, Laycon, Ladipoe, Blaqbonez, Cheque, Peruzzi, Bella Shmurda and Phyno, Ghana’s Stonebwoy and Kofi Jamar, Harmonize and Anjella from Tanzania, South Africa’s Focalistic; and UK rapper One Acen. Collaborating with Neptune on production are Magic Sticks, Dëra and MOG, among other afrobeats hitmakers.

Greatness 2.0 is a survey of the sounds and genres currently running Africa —from afrobeats to amapiano and asakaa, Ghana’s thrilling new take on drill.

In this interview, we speak with DJ Neptune about DJ culture in Nigeria, working with some of Africa's biggest superstars, and his new album.

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