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The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month

Featuring Shatta Wale, Wendy Shay, Sarkodie, La Meme Gang, E.L and more.

Judging by this month's list, Ghanaian hip-hop is in rude health traversing trap, conscious rap and straight-up bar-fests from both the stars and starlets. Diss tracks by two of the country's prominent artists feature, as does an old fashioned teary ballad, and of course the continuing rise of Wendy Shay.

Read on for our selection of the best Ghanaian Songs Of The Month


Sarkodie "Homicide" & "My Advice"

Sarkodie - Homicide ft. La Même Gang (Animation Video) youtu.be

Sarkodie is energised and lacerating on "My Advice (Freestyle)," on which he dresses down a music foe in a busy month that has seen him drop typically alert verses on "Stables (Refix)" by La Meme Gang whose penchant for dark, brooding trap-infused production is fitting for "Homicide", a barrage of takedowns and insistence on his supremacy.

Shatta Wale "Prepare For War" & "Wonders" feat. Olamide

50 Cent made an art of diss songs that were sing-alongs, a quality "Prepare For War" possesses except for the absence of a foe being addressed. On "Wonders", the rich gruffness in Shatta Wale's voices twins with that of Olamide over a nasty dance beat which both do a good job of taming.

Wendy Shay "The Boy Is Mine" & "Psalm 35"

Wendy Shay continues her run of impressive singles revisiting an old music trope famously explored by Brandy and Monica. "The Boy Is Mine" benefits from the reinforcing clarity of Eno's verse, a rapper from whom we should hear more.

E.L. "Thinking"

Trap-emo has afforded rappers protection from seeming too gooey, an advantage E.L effectively utilises as he bleeds his feelings about failed love.

M.anifest x Olamide "Fine Fine"

M.anifest & Olamide - Fine Fine youtu.be

The big bounce on the beat for "Fine Fine" is verdant ground for the sleek-talking rapper, a quality M.anifest has in spades—"who dey care about rapping about rapping?"—as well as a knack for word play all of which finds a perfect foil in Olamide's well-judged hook.

Kwesi Arthur "Don't Keep Me Waiting" & "Apaeyen"

Kwesi Arthur ft Kidi - Don't Keep Me Waiting Produced by NytWulf | Ground Up Music youtu.be

Kwesi Arthur's pair of releases this month showcase complimenting knacks for what used to be conscious (but now could be woke) rap on "Apaeyen," as well as the top layer afropop on "Don't Keep Me Waiting" with Kidi.

Kuami Eugene x Davido "Meji Meji"

Kuami Eugene x Davido - Meji Meji (Official Video) www.youtube.com

Kuami Eugene holds his own next to Davido's star wattage on "Meji Meji" which is produced by Fresh DMV ("Nwa", "FIA") and may be a big scoop for the fast-rising afropop star. It also further embeds the Nigerian in Ghanaian pop consciousness.

Bayku x Kidi "Ciao Bella Rremix)"

Bayku ft KiDi - Ciao Bella (Refix) Official Video youtu.be

Kidi adds new life to Bayku's remix of "Ciao Bella" deploying the sweet lightness of his voice but with stank, all of which displays impressive versatility after the top-player afropop affair that is his big single "Thunder".

Eugy x Kwesi Arthur "Pray In The Morning"

eugy ft kwesi - arthur pray in the morning(Official Audio) www.youtube.com

Produced by Team Salut who recently gave an interview to OkayAfrica, "Pray In The Morning" is a slow chugger of a beat which features a well-judged hook from Eugy whose verse sensibly sticks to English with pidgin inflections while Kwesi Arthur raps in effortless twi.

La Meme Gang "Stone Island"

La Même Gang - Stone Island (feat. Darkovibes, RJZ & Kiddblack) youtu.be

Intense and happy friendships between males, as portrayed in "Stone Island," are rarely shown in music vieos. The song itself, melancholic as it is, could only achieve that sentiment in parts. A strong sentiment such as: "I felt bad when homie said send me cash and I can't do shit for him / I felt bad when he buried his dad and I showed up late for it" speaks of a private shame while in the video, a shot of the group shirtless and cuddled up in bed is strikingly tender.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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