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Joey B "La Familia" feat. Sarkodie & Kwesi Arthur.

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.

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



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.

Sarkodie 'Bleeding'

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.

Broni 'Wedding'

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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Ko-Jo Cue. Image provided by the artist.

Ko-Jo Cue Addresses the Struggles of Young African Men In 'For My Brothers'

Interview: Ghana's Ko-Jo Cue tells us about his debut album, For My Brothers, and the many compelling stories behind it.

Ko-Jo Cue isn't a new name in the Ghana music space. Having consistently released music from as way back as 2010 until now, he has proved his skill and dexterity as a rapper several times over. However something had been lacking, especially from a rapper of his caliber: a project. This month Ko-Jo Cue set out to resolve that, with the release of his much anticipated debut album, For My Brothers, a 15-track offering from the BBnz Live signee. For My Brothers is more than just an album, though. It's an unreservedly honest and heartfelt letter to all young men, addressing what it means to be a man and the struggles young African males face today.

Previously, the Ko-Jo Cue we're used to would shuffle between lyrical rap and afrobeats-influenced party rap versions of himself, at his convenience. This time around we get a new version of the spectacled rapper: the conscious Ko-Jo Cue. For My Brothers is deep, honest, and touching. Addressing everything from the need to cut people off, to the death of a dear loved one, the experiences detailed within are sure to resonate with any young male adult.

In these afrobeats times, the primary aim of most African musicians is to make their listener's dance, or make a "vibe" or "banger" for the clubs and dance floors, rappers included. An artist setting out to dedicate an entire project to speak to the group of people who can relate with him the most, and who can learn from his stories and experiences and realize that they aren't alone in what they're facing, is impressive. It shows a level of care for his art that surpasses commercialism and all the trappings of today's music industry, and the desire to leave a lasting impact.

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The 11 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month

Featuring Shatta Wale, E.L, Sarkodie, Darkovibes, Kwesi Arthur and more.

Here are the best tracks that came out of the buzzing Ghana scene in August.

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

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"Zion 9, 2018" (inkjet on Hahnemuhle photo rag)" by Mohau Modisakeng. Photo courtesy of Jenkins Johnson Gallery.

South African Artist Mohau Modisakeng Makes Solo NYC Debut With 'A Promised Land'

The artist will present the video installation 'ZION' and other works centering on the "global history of displacement of Black communities" at the Jenkins Johnson Gallery in Brooklyn.

Renowned South African visual artist Mohau Modisakeng presents A Promised Land, his latest solo exhibition, opening at Brooklyn's Jenkins Johnson Gallery this month. This marks the New York debut of Modisakeng's ZION video installation, based on the artists's 2017 performance art series by the same name. It originally debuted at the Performa Biennial.

"In ZION the artist deals with the relationship between body, place and the global history of displacement of Black communities," reads a press release. "There is an idea that all people are meant to belong somewhere, yet in reality there are millions of people who are unsettled, in search of refuge, migrating across borders and landscapes for various reasons."

In addition to the video, the show also features seven large-scale photographs that communicate themes of Black displacement. From 19th century Black settlements in New York City, which as the press release notes, were eradicated to clear space for the development of Central Park, to the scores of Africans who have faced conflict that has led them to life as refugees in foreign lands.

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The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Tony Allen x Hugh Masekela, Sarkodie, Rema, Costa Titch x Riky Rick x AKA and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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