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Shatta Wale in "Dancehall King" (Youtube)

The Longest Running Beef In Ghanaian Music—and Why It Should End

Breaking down Ghana's long-running feud, which has included Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Samini and Sarkodie.

If you listen to Ghana music, even casually, then dancehall acts Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy need no introduction.

34-year-old Shatta Wale, who rose to national fame after rebranding from his former name Bandana in 2012, is currently one of Ghana's foremost and most widely celebrated musicians, a singer and producer with a simple but catchy afro-dancehall template which he repeats to score hit after hit.

Stonebwoy is a 30-year-old afropop, dancehall, and reggae artist with a quite impressive career. He made his official debut in 2012 and has been at it ever since, bagging several achievements along the way including winning Best International Act: Africa at the 2015 BET Awards. With a few lengthy albums, several international collaborations, and a couple world tours, Stonebwoy has definitely proven himself as a mainstay in Ghanaian music.

In Ghana, there has been a debate for several years on who is the "King of Dancehall," which escalated from just a debate to an intensive rivalry between three of Ghana's biggest artists. The main contenders for the country's dancehall king title are Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, and reggae/dancehall singer Samini, who is seen and recognized as a veteran in the Ghanaian music space. The competition for the title has led to high tensions between the three artists, resulting in social media jabs, diss tracks, angry rants during live broadcast interviews, and much more.

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J.Derobie in "Poverty" (Youtube)

The 15 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month

Featuring Pappy Kojo, Medikal, Kwesi Arthur, J.Derobie, Maame Yaa and more

From a defiantly feminist anthem to a gospel-tinged rap ballad, from a new dancehall sensation to yet-another dance banger that is sure to spawn numerous remixes, the start of 2019 has served up a bounty of afropop from Ghanaian artists.

Read ahead for our selection of the best Ghanaian pop songs of January. —Sabo Kpade

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The Best Ghanaian Songs of 2018

Here are the 23 best Ghanaian tracks of the year featuring La Même Gang, KiDi, Juls, Efya, Sarkodie, M.anifest, Kwesi Arthur, Kuami Eugene and many more.

Welcome to our inaugural list of the Best Ghanaian Songs of the Year.

The big name artists have made impressive showings in 2018, as did a swathe of newcomers who are making commendable strides towards their debut projects and establishing their identities. Even more refreshing is the emergence of emo raps in the music of La Même Gang. Friction between Sarkodie and Shatta Wale may divide fervent fans but it's made for some energetic competition and debates in what's been a big year's harvest of soundscapes, styles and good fun.

Read along for our selection of the Best Ghanaian Songs Of 2018. Listed in no particular order. —Sabo Kpade

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