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Sarkodie in "Gimme Way"

The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month (September)

Featuring Sarkodie, Amaarae, Stonebwoy, KiDi x Teddy Riley and more.

In September 2020, Ghana's most talented artists and producers came through as usual, and blessed us with several songs that have been the soundtrack of our month. Debut projects, international collaborations 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.


Sarkodie 'Gimme Way' ft. Prince Bright [Buk Bak]

Sarkodie recently came through with a brand new single titled "Gimme Way," a collaboration with Prince Bright, the same duo that served us the smash hit 2019 single "Oofetso." "Gimme Way" also served as a response to a bit of controversy, as the song was Sarkodie's first form of response to his involvement in the Dr. Owusu Fordjour, aka "Dr. UN" scandal, as he did not comment on social media or interviews as the matter transpired, later using "Gimme Way" to issue his own take on the matter.

Amaarae 'FANCY'

Amaarae came to snatch ALL the wigs this month. The sultry singer came through with a brand new single called "FANCY," a Southern trap bounce that she floats all over with her sensual vocals. Speaking on the song, Amaarae said "It's about being a bad bitch. It's about feeling good about yourself and about your life." Delivered with cocksure, lavish visuals that are nothing short of exhilarating, "FANCY" is one video you have to see for yourself. This one's a movie!

Stonebwoy 'Blaze Dem' [Freestyle]

Stonebwoy drops the follow up to his recently released "Putuu (Freestyle)" which is still currently burning up the airwaves, and it's titled "Blaze Dem." This one right here is a dancehall joint where the multiple award-winning singer goes in on the banging instrumental with a freestyle flow, bigging himself (and his fans up) as he burns right through the song. "Blaze Dem" is a brief affair, with the song sitting at under two minutes, (1:44 to be precise), but the songs length does nothing but pump up its replay value.

Supa Gaeta 'Text Me' ft. Oxlade

It's always dope when we get a solid new Ghana/Naija collab to listen to, and this one right here is the perfect pan-African Afrobeats fix for the month. Supa Gaeta came through with this brand new collaboration featuring Nigerian star singer Oxlade, "Text Me." The precursor to his upcoming EP Supa SZN, "Text Me" is your routine love song, but one with a novel twist as it dives into self-isolation and its toll on relationships, as per the current world situation.

G-West 'Young Amakye Dede'

Budding artist G-West set out to leave his blue print on the Ghanaian music scene with the release of his mixtape dubbed Young Amakye Dede. As the title of the EP suggests, the Kumasi based songwriter is heavily influenced by veteran highlife singer Amakye Dede. This 12-track mixtape takes listeners on a wholesome love journey where the artist channels his mentor, all the while adding his own style and flavor as he carries us along with him in this ecstatic body of work.

KiDi x Teddy Riley - Say Cheese (Remix)

"Say Cheese" has been the biggest hit from Lynx Entertainment singer KiDi's 2020 EP Blue, so it's only right that he dishes out a remix. He puts a special twist on it, as he teams up with the legendary Teddy Riley to add his New Jack Swing flavour to this head bumping remix.

Skillz8figure 'Yakpa'

Following the release of his previous project, the Gangsta Luv EP which was arguably one of the best projects to drop early this year, Skillz8Figure is back with a refreshing new single titled "Yakpa." Dubbing his music as Coastal, which is a blend of all sorts of genres of Ghana and Africa he rolls up the hype on his new single "Yakpa." Produced by Uche B the subtle Afrobeats single is carried by euphoric rhythms intertwined with Skillz' soft-spoken delivery as he sings about the abundance of a woman's love and how it messes with his mind every time.

Rabill Armani 'My People' (Mood Swing Riddim)

Here's a smooth one for the reggae lovers! Rabill Amarni is here to send a message with his beautiful new track, "My People." Giving us a sense of community through his lyrics, "My People" is a conscious reggae song that is inspired, yet addresses the politically induced hardships and oppression we face in the world today, especially in Africa. A message like that is definitely the true essence of reggae.

Killbeatz, Ofori Amponsah & King Promise 'Odo Nti'

Serial hitmaker Killbeatz released the well anticipated first sing off his upcoming EP, his debut project titled Love and Happiness. The song titled "Odo Nti" features two highlife singers—King Promise and Ofori Amponsah. "Odo Nti" is a love song that projects the extent to which lovers can go for one another. The song was produced by Killbeatz himself.

Fameye 'Greater Than'

This month, Ghanaian singer Fameye churned out his eagerly awaited debuted album, Greater Than. The Ghana Music Awards "New Artist of the Year" showcased his dynamism and lyrical dexterity on this 10-track project, which boasts features by Pappy Kojo, M.anifest, Bisa Kdei, KiDi and Amakye The Rapper.


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


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