Gyakie in the "Need Me" music video.

The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month (August)

Featuring Gyakie, Sarkodie, King Promise x Headie One, Juls, Kwesi Arthur, Kelvyn Boy, Cina Soul and more.

It's been another month of great Ghanaian music, and our faves have been steady dishing out that fire, giving us another 30 days of hits and dope releases. Want the full scoop? Check out our list of the best Ghanaian songs of the month below!

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

King Promise 'Ring My Line' ft. Headie One

As King Promise readies his second studio album the run has already started and as one of the lead singles from the upcoming project he dished out this brand new banger titled "Ring My Line," featuring British rapper Headie One. He shifts from the usual romantic afrobeats tunes and delivers a cocky, hustle-focused anthem that shows he's all about the gwap!

Gyakie 'Need Me'

Ghana's latest female singing sensation Gyakie returned this month ready to issue the follow up to her chart-topping single "Forever" remix featuring Omah Lay, which is still making waves across the continent. Her second single of the year is titled "Need Me," another excellent tune that proves the Sony Music act is just getting started.

Sarkodie 'No Pressure' LP

Early this month Sarkodie finally came through with his well-anticipated 7th studio album, titled No Pressure. Affirming his king status over 16 tracks, the elite rapper put together a solid project featuring the likes of Cassper Nyovest, Oxlade, Kwesi Arthur, Darkovibes, Wale, Vic Mensa, Giggs, and Moelogo. The album is definitely a must listen. Check out our interview with Sarkodie here.

Kofi Kinaata 'Thy Grace [Part II]'

Multiple award-winning singer and songwriter Kofi Kinaata continues his impressive run this year with the second installment of his acclaimed record "Thy Grace." His fourth single so far this year, Kofi flexes his songwriting chops as usual on this easygoing bop.

Juls 'Love Me' ft. Niniola

British-Ghanaian producer and DJ, the super-talented Juls connected with Nigeria's "Queen of Afro-House" Niniola for this afrobeat and house infused bop titled "Love Me," produced by Juls himself. It doesn't get better than this combo!

Mr Drew 'Pains'

Rising singer and Highly Spiritual music signee Mr Drew came through with his very first drill song, something new from the "Mood" hitmaker. The song, titled "Pains," is a heartbreak anthem where the singer details a love affair gone wrong, laying smooth melodies all over the hip-hop instrumental.

Uche B 'Ghetto Vigilante' ft. Kwesi Arthur

Ghana-based producer Uche B teamed up with rapper Kwesi Arthur to release his first producer single of the year, the mid-tempo bop "Ghetto Vigilante." Uche B has hits with the likes of Kwesi Arthur, Darkovibes, and J.Derobie to his name, and this tune is a sure addition to the list.

Eugy x Chop Daily 'My Touch' Remix ft. Medikal, Kwesi Arthur, D Black & Falz

Ghanaian-British singer and songwriter Eugy teamed up with Chop Daily for the official remix of his single "My Touch." This time around he recruited the services of rappers Falz, Medikal, D-Black, and Kwesi Arthur for a star-studded sequel to the buzzing tune.

Cina Soul x KiDi 'Feelings'

Ghanaian singer Cina Soul finally shared her first single for the year, an afrobeats cut titled "Feelings." Featuring Lynx Entertainment poster boy KiDi, "Feelings" is the lead single off her upcoming EP slated for release next month.

Eazzy 'Only One' ft. Kelvyn Boy

Ghanaian dancehall singer Eazzy is back after an extended hiatus with the brand new afrobeats single "Only One." With a guest appearance from hitmaker Kelyvyn Boy, the duo made their way through the MOG Beatz production with melodies and vibes. Is this a comeback for Eazzy? I guess we'll find out!

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


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This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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