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The 8 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month (July)

Featuring Sarkodie x E-40, Amaarae, Stonebwoy, Kelvyn Boy, J.Derobie, and more

July was far from a slow month in the music world and Ghana was no exception. Ghana's most talented artists and producers came through as usual, and blessed us with several songs and projects that have been the soundtrack of our month! Debut EPs, international collaborations, star studded official remixes and more were dished out, so here we give you the cream of the crop. Check out our best Ghanaian songs of the month below!

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


J.Derobie 'Nungua Diaries' 

Budding dancehall singer J.Derobie issued his well anticipated debut EP. It's titled Nungua Diaries and its six tracks of all-new material from the singer, with the single "My People" as the precursor. Check out our interview with him, where we spoke to him about the EP, how it was made, and what comes next for him here.

Kelvyn Boy 'Killa Killa'

Singer Kelvyn Boy is on a roll, with him dropping banger after banger. Following up his first 2020 hit "Mobile Money" featuring Darkovibes and Mugeez and the socially conscious "Black Lives Matter," he continues the streak with "Killa Killa," a mellow afro-dancehall bop complete with a video shot on location in London.

Sarkodie 'CEO Flow' feat. E-40

This month Sarkodie released a brand new single titled "CEO Flow," featuring American rapper E-40. Back in May 2016, Sarkodie released his cover version of "Choices" by E-40 which got the attention of the American rapper. A fan tweeted to ask E-40 if he had heard Sarkodie's version. He replied saying, "Yup, he did his thing". This time, the duo joined forces to dish out the heat on this cocky hip-hop number. Check it out.

Amaarae 'Leave Me Alone'

Amaarae releases her first official single of the year, after making a couple appearances on guest records. She titles this one "Leave Me Alone," and it's a vibely dancehall riddim with African sonic fingerprints. She sings about learning how to protect one's peace irrespective of underlying circumstances, over the Kuvie and KZ The Producer created soundtrack.

Juls 'Blessed' feat. Miraa May & Donae'o

British-Ghanaian producer & DJ, Juls rolled out a brand new single, the follow up to his recently dropped EP Happy Place, which featured Jah Cure, Mugeez, King Promise, Busiswa, and more. This time, Juls issued out this bop titled "Blessed", where he hooked up with Algerian-British singer Miraa May and North-West London rapper of Ghanaian descent Donae'o. Juls never misses, and this is just another example.

Gyakie 'Whine'

Buzzing singer Gyakie gets ready to drop her debut EP SEED, and here she came through with the first single from the upcoming project. "Whine" is a tropical dancehall/reggae joint that makes it almost impossible not to bust a move and do exactly what she asks in the hook: "Whine fi di gyaldem slow, whine." Gyakie definitely issued a vibe on the Yung D3mz production.

Stonebwoy 'Putuu Freestyle (Pray)'

Ghanaian dancehall heavyweight Stonebwoy issued the follow up to his critically acclaimed fourth studio album Anloga Junction. This one right here is titled "Putuu (Pray)," and its an uptempo dancehall banger where the BhimNation boss puts in a crazy freestyle, urging his fans to pray while obviously having fun and flexing his vocal abilities at the same time.

Stonebwoy x Sarkodie x Kelvyn Colt 'Good Morning (Remix)'

We got a double blessing from Stonebwoy this month! He followed up the fun uptempo "Putuu Freestyle" with the official remix to "Good Morning," one of the singles off his Anloga Junction album. To beef things up, he recruited rap king Sarkodie and German rapper Kelvyn Colt, and the trio showed out.


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


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Kevin Mwachiro, journalist, queer activist, podcaster [Kenya]

"The reality of being queer is real. It is not a foreign thing. It is as Kenyan, as African as it may be, and it is ours. I remember I did an interview anonymously for the BBC back in 2006. And I told them, maybe within 50 years, I will see movement, it has happened so much faster. And not just in Kenya, but I've seen very many countries across Africa. And I am so, so happy that that is happening."

I was a church boy for a good part of my life. So, I was sometimes whore by night, Christian by day, if I can put it like that.

I had just come back from the UK where I did my masters and I knew I was not going to go back into the closet. I went to therapy and after going for over a year, I just got to accept myself for who I am. And I realized that I'm okay and I didn't want to come back and go back into the closet. I figure that closet stays in the U.K.

I was trying to find my space and a friend invited me to a group meeting. It was people talking about formalizing a movement or a way of coming together and it was fascinating. It just blew my mind. There were these people in the room and I'm like, "Fuck, these are all Kenyans." These are all Kenyans and I knew that I'd be fine.

And, along the way, being a journalist, I made sure that I would use the platform that I have to make sure that LGBTQI+ people are well represented. So I used to cover those stories shamelessly. People in the office wondered, 'Why is Kevin always doing the queer stories that no one wanted to touch?" I really didn't care. I figured I'm going to represent my people in the best way that I can.

But, Kenya is a lot more open now. It's amazing. I mean, it's fantastic to actually think that you can live a reasonable level of queerness here. Younger people are coming out, because it is possible. There are a lot more resources. There's a lot more support from what we had. There's a lot more, in some cases, visibility. There's community, there's a movement. There's, to some degree, health services. The internet has helped. There's visibility on TV and online.

But, we're not even out of the woods - far from it. But, there is light we're seeing. We've seen trans women being attacked, we've seen people being attacked in clubs. People being kicked out of their homes by landlords, there is still that. We've seen pushback in the arts. There was a movie called Rafiki which featured a lesbian couple - that got banned. And then we had Stories of Our Lives and that also got banned. I'm like, 'You motherfuckers!' They're silencing voices of not just queer people, but of talented Kenyans who want to see themselves represented in content created by Kenyans for Kenyans.

In 2011, there was a clinic in a town an hour away from me in a town called Mtwapa. Like a 'sexual productive' clinic that was targeting men who have sex with men, sex workers, etc. And they were very open about that. And then the community turned on them. Last year, I met one of the people who was at the forefront of this attack and they've made a total turnaround saying, "We acted on ignorance, these people are also a part of the community." These were Christian and Muslim faith leaders. And these same individuals are now engaging with other religious leaders to try and to ask them to be more accepting of the community so there is that. So for me, it's important that we recognize the good work that's been done, but also recognizing that we are far from out of the woods.

A key driver for me with my activism is to make sure that no one ever has to go through that feeling of loneliness as a queer person. No one has the right to go through that. No one. And I feel really sad when I hear of both the young and old killing themselves because of their sexuality. That shit should not be happening. That shit should not be happening anywhere in the world and should not be happening in Africa. I hope to work a lot more with young queer people, queer Africans, because I really want to show them and that it is possible to be black, African, and queer or just African.

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Kevin has recently been accepted into Amnesty International Kenya as their first openly gay board member. He has gone on to publish Invisible: Stories from Kenya's Queer Community, a collection of stories from Kenya's queer community, spoken at TEDx Programs and launced his own podcast Nipe Story (Tell me a Story).

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