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The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month

Featuring Sarkodie, M.anifest, Efya, Shatta Wale, Wendy Shay, Lord Paper x Bosom P-Yung and more.

February has been quite the month for music. From the top shots in music right down to the rising new acts, we give you a list of some of the best songs to come out of Ghana this month. Check them out below.

Follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.


M.anifest 'Beat 2'

Rapper M.anifest announced his official brand ambassadorship of a newly acquired bank in Ghana, Absa Bank, with this bar heavy trap joint and a real-time style video to match. Shortly prior, he had issued his fans with snippets of two different beats, asking them to choose which one he should hop on as his next release. Consensus fell on the second beat, hence the name "Beat 2," and this joint right here is the end result.

Lord Paper x Bosom P-Yung 'Asabone'

Singer Lord Paper proves himself to be a surefire star once again, as he issues this solid old-school style song, featuring the viral sensation turned buzzing rapper Bosom P-Yung along with a video likewise mirroring the song's era with its theme.

Big Dragon (Efya) 'Perish'

In the second offering so far of Ghanaian soul singer Efya's alter ego Big Dragon, the songstress blesses us with a modern neo-soul ballad. On the hook she sings "If you leave, I go die, I go perish oh," bringing a sense of candid urgency to the trap-infused R&B tune. It'll keep you hooked until you find yourself right back at the beginning of the song, listening all over again.

Sarkodie 'Bumper'

On this one, Africa's most decorated rapper Sarkodie tries his hand at the most buzzing style of afrobeats at the moment – the Zanku sound. He presents the track along with a dance video in which he doesn't appear, but instead allows his dancers to take center stage and show their skills, while he drops bars all over the vibrant instrumental in absentia.

King Promise feat. Chivv 'Commando' (Remix)

On Valentine's Day the talented Legacy Life Entertainment singer King Promise dropped the official remix of his chart topping hit "Commando" from his debut album As Promised. However, this time around the singer set his sights on the Dutch market as he features Netherlands-based recording artist Chivv.

Wendy Shay 'Birthday Song'

The Ghanaian afrobeats and dancehall diva dropped this one to mark her birthday, the 20th of February. With an impressive video shot entirely on iPhone, she gives us a look into how she chose to celebrate her solar return: frolicking fun with friends.

Shatta Wale 'Save Her Heart'

The controversial dancehall titan Shatta Wale dropped this single and video right in time for Valentine's Day, where he advocates against the breaking of hearts in love affairs. On this afro-dancehall tune, the singer urges young brothers to do just as the title suggests, save her heart.

Stonebwoy 'Sobolo' 

The reggae and dancehall titan Stonebwoy hopped in the ring this month with this catchy afrobeats tune, but in the accompanying official video he adds a twist and instead delivers a live performance of the song with his band, turning the afrobeats joint into a beautiful hi-life composition.

Apolo Imon 'Holla'

Ghana based afrobeats act Apolo Imon outdoors his first release of the year, which he affirms is the very first drop in a planned marathon release of music content, as the singer claims to have a total of three albums titled The Trinity ready and waiting to go. And if the vibes of "Holla" are anything to go by, trust that we're definitely in for a treat.

This month talented singer, songwriter, and producer Sam Opoku issued us the official video to the song he closed 2019 with, "Okay". He affirms his blessings and offers a dose of encouragement as he sings and dances the night away in the video shot on location in Phoenix, Arizona.


Follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here


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The 12 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month (March)

Featuring Stonebwoy, Kuami Eugene, Shatta Wale, Samini, Sarkodie and more.

March has been quite an eventful month around the world. While almost everything has come to a standstill due to the pandemic, the creative world hasn't stopped. In an attempt to keep the content coming during this time of social distancing and self isolation, both the top shots and emerging acts have been showing out. As March comes to a close we give you a list of some of the best songs to come out of Ghana this month. Check them out below.

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The 6 Best East African Songs of the Month (March)

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Image courtesy of Nicole Rafiki.

Spotlight: Nicole Rafiki's Images Merge the Contemporary with the Traditional to Challenge Stereotypes

Get familiar with the work of Norway-based Congolese visual artist Nicole Rafiki.

In our 'Spotlight' series, we highlight the work of photographers, visual artists, multimedia artists and more who are producing vibrant, original work. In our latest piece, we spotlight Nicole Rafiki, a Congolese visual artist who uses symbolism to challenge stereotypes in a critical way. Read more about the inspirations behind her work below, and check out some of her stunning images underneath. Be sure to keep up with the artist on Instagram and Facebook and her Rafiki Arts Initiative here.


How would you describe yourself as an artist?

As an interdisciplinary artist, I use symbolism to re-imagine and challenge the stereotypical depiction of spaces, contexts and the people who are affected by global migration. I view my work as a platform for dialogues about identity, fluidity, place, and belonging. As an artist with a diverse cultural, historic and artistic background, I use art to inform, engage and heal. Because it is too easy to fall into the trap of promoting idealism or clichés, I make it a point to be critical and analytical in my work.

What is the message behind your recent photo-series "The Crown"?

This work came about after I had been stuck in Lagos traffic for 2 hours, listening to a radio show about the role of women in the household. One middle-aged woman called in to say that a "proper woman has to be domesticated". Listening to that radio show just made it seem like, for many people, it doesn't matter how educated, professionally accomplished or otherwise successful a woman is as long as she does not have the required domestic skills required by the African society. The urban attire complemented by traditional African elements illustrates the double role that many young African women have in our communities. And yet, that point is made against a yellow backdrop, symbolizing our power, historical achievements, hope and optimism for the future.

As an African artist, what do you want to communicate with your art about the continent?

The core message in my art is the promotion of our personal and collective healing process. That is only possible if we all understand the importance of playing our part. I believe that this is a very important time to be active in the contemporary art field. We have reached a historical point where Africans from the continent and the diaspora are challenging the status quo in the art industry by creating their own platforms to discuss, share and challenge the dominating philosophical, artistic, political and cultural perspectives on art. We have the power, individually and collectively to create a different legacy for the next generation and have personally just begun exploring all the possibilities out there.

Nicole Rafiki merges contemporary and traditional visual art. "Mkono" (2018), in loving memory of my grandmother.Image courtesy of Nicole Rafiki.


Nicole Rafiki merges contemporary and traditional visual art. "Untitled" (2019), in loving memory of Benon Lutaaya. Image courtesy of Nicole Rafiki.


Nicole Rafiki merges contemporary and traditional visual art. "Not without my bags" (2019)Image courtesy of Nicole Rafiki.


Nicole Rafiki merges contemporary and traditional visual art. "Kadogo (2019)"Image courtesy of Nicole Rafiki.


Nicole Rafiki merges contemporary and traditional visual art. "Mwenye imani haitaji macho" (A man of faith needs no eyes), (2019). Model: AfrogallonismImage courtesy of Nicole Rafiki.


Nicole Rafiki merges contemporary and traditional visual art. "Crown" (2020)Image courtesy of Nicole Rafiki.


Nicole Rafiki merges contemporary and traditional visual art. "Crown" (2020). Model: Deborah Kandoua AffouéImage courtesy of Nicole Rafiki.


Nicole Rafiki merges contemporary and traditional visual art. "Kwabende" (2019)Image courtesy of Nicole Rafiki.

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South African Hip-Hop Producers Makwa and Lunatik Will Battle It Out on Instagram Live

Another exciting South African hip-hop IG Live battle is happening.

Makwa and Lunatik are the next pair of producers who will go toe to toe in an Instagram Live battle at 10 P.M. (SAST). Both producers are responsible for some of South Africa's biggest and era-defining hits. Makwa has produced most of Kwesta's biggest hits such as "Spirit" and "Vur Vai" among others. Lunatik has produced such monster hits as K.O's "Caracara," OkMalumKoolKat's "Amalobolo" and DJ Citi Lyts' "Vura." We know... we are getting goosebumps, too.

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