The 12 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month
Featuring Joey B, Juls, Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Efya, King Promise and more.
Here are the best tracks that came out of the buzzing Ghana scene in July.
Joey B 'La Familia' ft Kwesi Arthur & Sarkodie
After a slew of about 15 guest verses between his last single "Stables" and now, the rapper finally delivers a new cut of his own, a banging trap joint chock full of quotables. In the video we see the rapper lounging in a goat yard, likely hinting that as his natural habitat. While it might not be the case just yet, with every release Joey does indeed inch closer and closer to G.O.A.T. status. —Nnamdi Okirike
Juls 'Radar' feat. Big Zeeks & Sweetie Irie
Of the many high points on Juls' satisfying new project Colours, Big Zeeks' well timed flow on "Radar" is done with flair and a snarl that heightens its intolerance, especially over the British-Ghanaian producer's menacing, big-body house beat. Another highlight, "Cake," is carried by an elastic bass synth and good writing from Mr Eazi. The lean and effective beat shows Juls' ease with simplicity while "Radar," and other tracks like "Nyafi Riddim" with Worlasi, show his mastery of the big and busy. —Sabo Kpade
King Promise 'Odo' feat. Raye
The Legacy Life Entertainment act delivered his debut album As Promised this month. The 15 track offering is befitting of the singer's talent, as he blends afrobeats and highlife into a cohesive whole. Our pick from the album is "Odo," a collaboration with British singer Raye, which is a romantic dancehall ballad that sees the duo take turns delivering honest expressions of love. —N.O.
Two of the finer songs from King Promise's new album, sensibly placed one after the other, are collaborations. On "Odo", RnB and hiplife and dancehall makes for a seamless and soothing song not least by Raye's near-whispers which combines well with Promise's emoting. Meanwhile, only close attention marks out Kojo Antwi's singing from that of his host on "Bra." —S.K.
Shatta Wale x Beyoncé x Major Lazer 'Already'
The proven musicality in Shatta Wale's gruff voice adds good texture to Beyoncé's celestial soprano. "Shine already / it's time already" goes the themes of self worth and self-determination; ready fodder for Jay Z best exemplified on "MOOD 4 EVA" and here matched by the Ghanaian star. Rather than airdrop a verse or two from Shatta Wale, the execution is on par with Beyoncé's other notable collaborations with big named male stars like "Body" with Sean Paul and "Mi Gente" with J Balvin. —S.K.
Pappy Kojo 'Green Means Go' feat. RJZ
Pappy Kojo continues his winning streak with another surefire banger, a stoner's anthem featuring La Meme gang singer RJZ. Indica and sativa reign supreme in this Altra Nova produced head bopper. —N.O.
RJZ's fine falsetto "Green Means Go" makes for a terse and effective guest appearance on Pappy Kojo's single. —S.K.
Sam Opoku 'Picasso'
Sam Opoku delivers his sophomore single, titled "Picasso." This time around the buzzing vocalist delivers an urban afrobeats joint, in which he likens his love interest's body to a work of art by the world famous Spanish painter and artist, hence the title. "Picasso Picasso, your body like art!" —N.O.
Efya ft Medikal 'Ankwadobi'
Short trumpet phrases urge a steady drum march in Efya's second single in two months after a quiet first half of the year. Medikal's decent guest verse is playful next to Efya's reaffirmations to a lover about whom she is beyond doubt, "I don't know what will ever make me leave you." —S.K.
The elite rapper delivers an official video for the single off his just released project, the Alpha EP, using the cocksure visuals to further cement his stand as Ghana's chief hip-hop royal. —N.O.
Kofi Mole 'Adedi Pele'
The Black Stars may have been eliminated in the second round of African Cup Of Nations 2019 but the excitement leading up to the game made for decent pop fodder. Kofi Mole opts for a trap homage to Abedi Pele, one of the continent's most decorated players ever. —S.K.
The Ghanaian newcomer stands out in his most recent offering with this heartbreak ballad. In his silky soprano the talented singer details a relationship gone wrong, with a befitting video to match. —N.O.
Sizz The Truth 'Real Date (HoePhase)'
Emerging rapper Sizz Tha Truth presented this smooth hip-hop tune, where he tells the story of a young woman who desires the emotion and security of a real relationship, done with her days of exploring a promiscuous lifestyle. —N.O.
Wendy Shay 'Ghana Boys'
Part take down, part resignation, Wendy Shay has new found admiration for Ghanaian men. "I've stopped thinking about you / I hate that I love you / who do you think you are? / I'm a superstar" she sings with conviction over production by frequent collaborator MOGBeatz, though she isn't claiming to have sworn of her country men. —S.K.
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