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Shatta Wale "Melissa" (Youtube)

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.


Shatta Wale 'Melissa'

The Ghanaian dancehall and afrobeats titan has released about 40 songs so far in 2019. Anyone who knows Shatta Wale knows that that's perfectly normal for him—let loose and see what sticks. Well something has finally stuck, as Melissa gives him his first solo mainstream hit this year. Coupled with his Beyoncé feature, it's safe to say the outspoken controversy magnet is back to dominating the airwaves. —Nnamdi Okirike

E.L & A.I. 'Adwuma'

Needy and affecting, A.I's guest verse and hook is perfect fodder for E.L whose husky talk-rap on "Adwuma" earns the otherwise clunky title of "afro-dance." —Sabo Kpade

Joojo Addison 'Remedy ' feat. Xrusade

The new kid on the block is back once again. The follow up single to his last release "Yessa Massa" and his wave-making debut "Guy Man," the buzzing Guy Man Music act continues to forge ahead with another tune in his signature blend of contemporary afrobeat music. —N.O.

Sarkodie 'Do You' ft. Mr Eazi 

"Do you ever think about the sex? / do you ever think about going back to your ex?" wonders Sarkodie on "Do You," even when unprepared for an answer to his confessed insecurities and helped by an unshowy guest hook from Mr Eazi. —S.K.

Darkovibes 'Different'

The La Meme Gang member, Darkovibes, sings the praises of a special someone in his dreamy tenor vocals, on an atmospheric, mid-tempo afrobeats backdrop produced by Uche B. —N.O.

Kojo Funds 'I Like' ft. WizKid

The leading tastemakers of afropop and afroswing—Wizkid and British-Ghanaian Kojo Funds—combine effortlessly on "I Like," helped by nostalgia for the production on Donell Jones' "All The Love," a fine example of the enduring influence of American R&B on much of the continent's pop output. —S.K.

DopeNation ft Medikal 'Confam'

The Lynx Entertainment signed duo DopeNation take part in an afrobeats artist rite of passage, a one-off impression of a gospel artist. Assisted by rapper Medikal the brothers sing out to their Creator, asking for all the good things of life and all the trappings of success. —N.O.

Omar Sterling 'Exotic Flow'

What starts out as an assortment of free association bars soon finds focus with the injection of biographical material: "Mom said she'll be back / never came, never showed" raps Omar Sterling with neither bitterness or pride, choosing instead to praise his father's steadfast love and care. "Goddamn I wrote a song for you" exclaims Sterling as if still realising how deeply he's affected by it. —S.K.

Kwesi Arthur 'See No Evil'

The star rapper delivers another single off his recently dropped Live From Nkrumah Krom Vol. II project.Kwesi rap-sings his way through, repelling bad energy in his verses as the video depicts the faces, activities, joys, and struggles of daily African life. —N.O.

Bryan the Mensah 'Grease' feat. Blaq Bonez

The young Ghanaian rapper Bryan the Mensah alternates between quickfire raps and confident singing to deliver a public statement about being all about his paper, as he recruits the buzzing Nigerian rapper Blaq Bonez to reinforce his claims. —N.O.

Adina Thembi 'Sika'

"Show me something deeper" demands Adina of a lover who may have hoped to woo her with money completely underestimating her resolve to find love. —S.K.


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'The Burial of Kojo' Is Ghana's First Golden Globe Entry

Blitz the Ambassador's debut film is being considered for the Best Foreign Language Film nomination at the 2020 Golden Globes.

Blitz Bazawuke, also known as Blitz the Ambassador's critically-acclaimed directorial debut The Burial of Kojo is officially in the running for a Golden Globe nomination, making it the first Ghanaian film ever to be considered for a nomination.

The musician, writer and director took to Twitter on Friday to share the news along with a picture of the list of contenders for the Golden Globe's "Best Foreign Language Film" award, which also includes Senegal's Atlantics (which is also in the running to become the first Senegalese film nominated for an Oscar) and Malawi's The Boy Who Harnessed Wind. Ninety-five films from 65 different countries are being considered for nomination in the category.

READ: In Conversation: The Cast & Crew of 'The Burial of Kojo' On Representation, Power & Filming in Ghana

The mystical and visually striking movie, which premiered at the Urban World Festival in NYC last year, tells the story of two brothers through the eyes of its young protagonist Esi, played by Cynthia Dankwa. The film takes viewers on a surreal journey exploring family bonds and the complexity of life and death. "Usually movies about Africa are very dystopian, more about survival mode. We never get a chance to break down our people," the director told OkayAfrica in an in-depth interview last year. "We just end up with a war, and in a war you can't show nuance in family relationships—the film is about survival. The hardest thing to do is humanize a people that has little history in cinema. Hopefully this film brings father and daughter closer, especially back home."

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Check out the lively, Accra-shot video for their new collaboration.

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The collaborators headed to Accra for the song's lively music video, which sees them caught in a traffic jam like no other. The traffic jam turns into more of a block party as colorfully dressed dancers take over the streets and everyone turns up. The video was directed by popular afrobeats video director Meji Alabi.

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Watch Burna Boy's Mellowed-Out 'Tiny Desk' Concert

Watch the 'African Giant' run through some of his hits like 'Gbona,' 'Ye' and more for NPR's Tiny Desk concert series.

Burna Boy is the latest artist to grace NPR's famous Tiny Desk.

The Nigerian "afrofusion" star took to the set for a mellowed out performance of four of his biggest tracks. Getting straight to business, the artist opened his set with a toned down rendition of his single "Gbona" before heading into the socially-aware "Wetin Man Go Do." It's much calmer of a performance than we're used to seeing from the artist.

Next he performs a funky version of "Dangote," before rounding his set out with his magnum opus of sorts "Ye." He's backed by the band The Outsiders and vocalist Christina Matovu throughout.

Burna Boy has had a stellar year, releasing his seminal album African Giant, performing at Coachella and winning several awards—including 'Best African Act' at the BET Awards—in the process.

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Watch Simi's Beautiful Music Video For 'Selense'

Premiere: Simi shares the upbeat new video for "Selense," a song about time which draws inspiration from classic highlife.

Nigeria's Simi comes through with the new music video for her recent single, "Selense."

The song, which sees her sing about using your time and years on this earth preciously, gets a beautiful new video that follows Simi's verses about different characters who may or may not be spending their hours in the best way.

The upbeat new music video, which was directed by Adasa Cookey, is getting premiered here on OkayAfrica today.

"'Selense' is a song about time," Simi tells OkayAfrica. "The song draws inspiration from classic African highlife. A timeless classic that is perfect for all seasons."

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