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The 12 Best Ghanaian Songs of 2021 So Far

Featuring Yaw Tog, Okese1, Kwesi Arthur, Gyakie, KiDi, Wendy Shay, Kuami Eugene, Mr Drew and more.

We're officially halfway through 2021, and what an exciting year it has been for music so far! The first half of the year has seen a steady stream of pop hits, drill anthems, international remixes, and more from our favorite Ghanaian artists, emerging and established. Want the rundown? We've brought you a list of the best songs of the year so far. Check out the list below!

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Okese1 'Na Today'

Rapper and "Yie Yie" hitmaker Okese1 came through at the very top of the year with something different from the usual drill banger. "Na Today" has since become one of the biggest dance tunes of the year, gracing events and dance floors all across the country.

Yaw Tog, Stormzy & Kwesi Arthur 'Sore (Remix)'

Earlier this year rapper Yaw Tog issued the remix of his smash hit single "Sore,: this time around joining forces with UK superstar Stormzy and Ground Up rapper Kwesi Arthur. The original version of the heavy drill anthem has also earned the young rap star the award for "Hip-Hop Song of the Year" at the just held 2021 Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs). Read our list of 9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Drill Scene.

Gyakie & Omah Lay 'Forever (Remix)'

Gyakie's 2020 hit single "Forever" began its uphill climb earlier this year when it debuted on Billboard's Top Triller Global chart at number 4. The song took off from there and became a viral hit, hitting charts in both Ghana and Nigeria and also leading to the young star landing a deal with Sony Music. Another result of the song's incredible run is its official remix, this time featuring Nigerian singer Omah Lay. Read our new interview with Gyakie here.

Wendy Shay 'Nobody'

Singer Wendy Shay recently dropped her second studio album Shayning Star. This tune "Nobody," the first single off the album, presented a new sound and musical style for the afrobeats and dancehall singer. Here, Wendy issues candid commentary on life but the highlight of the song is the music itself — a smooth R&B style ballad executed perfectly by the Rufftown Records vocalist.

Mr Drew 'Mood'

Highly Spiritual's rising star Mr Drew dropped a fun afrobeats bop simply titled "Mood." Catchy is an understatement here as Mr Drew cooks up a tune that has been and will definitely still be the soundtrack to many a party to come.

Kuami Eugene 'Dollar On You'

Lynx Entertainment star Kuami Eugene continued his incredible run of hits with his latest single, "Dollar on You." The self-produced afrobeats tune presents a simple mantra — put your body on him and he'll put his dollar on you. Check out our interview with him about the single and his upcoming EP.

King Promise 'Slow Down'

King Promise is back and getting ready for his album run, starting with this new single. A co-production by Nigerian singer and producer Nonso Amadi and Ghanaian star producer Killbeatz, King Promise's latest single "Slow Down" is the perfect afro-R&B fusion. At a little over three minutes, "Slow Down" is an earworm you can't listen to just once.

Kwesi Arthur 'Winning' ft. Vic Mensa

Rapper Kwesi Arthur dropped a new hip-hop anthem titled "Winning," featuring Vic Mensa. The Ghanaian-American rapper has been appearing on a string of features with several Ghanaian artists, but this one right here may just be the most lit! Vic goes beast mode on his verse, complimenting the equally energetic performance by Kwesi perfectly.

KiDi 'Touch It'

Off his just released second studio album The Golden Boy, KiDi was on his dancehall steez with his second official single of the year. An easygoing melodic bop, this one should definitely be added to your new music rotation.

Black Sherif 'First Sermon'

If you haven't heard of Black Sherif by now, you need to get hip because he's one young artist who is definitely next to blow. On this freestyle joint titled "First Sermon," Sherif narrates his life and struggles on the song that earned the rising star a Sarkodie co-sign.

R2Bees 'Fine Wine' ft. King Promise & Joeboy

Superstar duo R2Bees finally came back from a brief hiatus that felt like forever. For their return they hooked up with singers King Promise and Joeboy, and came up with a smooth afrobeats jam that is as refined as its name.

Jay Bahd 'Y3 Y3 Dom' ft Skyface SDW, Reggie,Kwaku DMC, City Boy, Kawabanga & O'Kenneth

Since last year drill anthems have never been in short supply, and the Life Living Records boys are making sure it stays that way. Rapper Jay Bahd came through with "Y3 Y3 Dom" featuring his Life Living Records squad, off his just released debut project Return of Okomfo Anokye.

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


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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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