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The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month (August)

Featuring Bosom P-Yung, Wendy Shay x Kelvynboy, Kuami Eugene and more.

In August 2020, 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 projects, collaborations by former rivals, joint projects 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.


Bosom P-Yung 'GyimiGyimii'

Ghanaian rapper and "Attaa Adwoa" hitmaker Bosom P-Yung came through with this brand new track to bless his fans in this month of August. The rapper hit the studio for this solo bop "GyimiGyimii," and it's definitely a potential hit.

Wendy Shay 'Odo' feat. Kelvynboy

Wendy Shay and Kelvyn Boy hook up for their very first collaboration, after their alleged beef due to Kelvyn snubbing Wendy at event. It looks like water under the bridge now, as they dish out this love tune titled "Odo."

Kuami Eugene 'Open Gate'

Ghanaian singer and Lynx Entertainment act Kuami Eugene scores his first solo hit of the year in "Open Gate." The upbeat Afrobeats song is also the lead single of Kuami Eugene's upcoming studio album, Son of Africa, and he dishes it out with a humorous video to match.

Medikal 'Odo' ft. King Promise

Medikal makes a revelation—the pregnancy of his recently wed wife Fella Makafui in the official video for this new banger "Odo." King Promise brings his magic to the table, transforming what could have likely been a run-of-the-mill Afrobeats song into something very special.

Dopenation ft Kofi Kinaata 'Thank God'

The twin musicians DopeNation drop this brand new song titled "Thank God" featuring the Fante rap phenom Kofi Kinaata. The 2020 SoundCity MVP Awards Group of the Year winners follow up their single "Ma Ye Fine" with this smooth collab.

MzVee 'Baby'

MzVee is putting in that work to get back on top, and it sure looks like it's paying off. She follows up her single with Mugeez "Baddest Boss" with this single and video, an easygoing ballad titled "Baby." Love and Afrobeats is always a winning combination, and this one is a winner for sure!

Izzik 'People Bore' ft. Pzeefire & OOSHA

Izzik sets out to prove that he is among the future of African music industry, as he serves his second project of the year titled Pandemic. With the current coronavirus pandemic halting the world's activities, Izzik named this mini EP Pandemic just to highlight the power he plans to hold in the music industry in years to come.

Kev & Grenade 'Like to Drip' ft. Blackway & E.L

Kev the Topic and Nana Grenade are the two halves of fast-rising musical group, Kev & Grenade, and they just dropped their debut collaborative album, titled "Utopia". Off the project is this blazing hip-hop joint titled "Like To Drip," a bar-heavy cut featuring rappers E.L and Blackway.

Tulenkey 'Link Up'

Ghanaian rapper Tulenkey comes your way with this afro-fusion record "Link Up." After the successful release of his conscious single "Corona," Tulenkey joins forces with MOGBeatz to serve this party banger.

Freda Rhymz 'Saucy' ft. Sista Afia 

This month, rapper Freda Rhymz settled her beef with SIsta Afia. A few days after settling their differences, Freda Rhymz teams up with Sista Afia on her new song titled "Saucy". Production credits for the tune go to Mix Master Garzy.

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


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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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