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The 11 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month (April)

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

April was quite the month for music in Ghana. Just like last month, while the other sectors of the world crawl to a standstill due to the pandemic, the creative world is bubbling even more. This month saw several releases from Ghana's usual heavy hitters, a few low flying gems, and the revival of beef season once again.

Who would've thought the current climate would bless us with so much creativity all around the world? Anyway, without further ado, we bring you a list of some of the best songs to come from Ghana this month. Check them out below.

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E.L 'Efa Wo Ho Ben'

E.L came correct with this one. "Efa Wo Ho Ben" is a hard hitting hip-hop joint complete with a perfectly-sampled choral arrangement on the hook. "Efa Wo Ho Ben" is a Twi phrase that translates as "Is it your concern?" and the song addresses the things gossipers have had to say about the rapper, his life, and his career over time. The video however, takes the cake. The rapper brought the song to life by recruiting a number to Ghanaian celebrities to act out his verses, where they act as those gossiping about him, resulting in an excellent artistic depiction of his lyrics and the song as a whole.

Shatta Wale 'April Fool'

Shatta Wale opened the month with this humorous cut titled "April Fool," where he sings narrating several "April Fool's" prank scenarios over an upbeat afrobeats instrumental, delivering it together with an animated video.

Stonebwoy 'Understand' ft. Alicai Harley

In the run leading to his upcoming album Anloga Junction, reggae and dancehall singer Stonebwoy has dropped a number of singles, but one special one is this tune right here, titled "Understand." It's a vibrant dancehall song featuring Jamaican-born dancehall songstress Alicai Harley. The duo take us to the islands, trading verses on matters of love.

GuiltyBeatz 'UTHANDO' feat. Nonso Amadi

This month Ghanaian producer and disk jockey GuiltyBeatz issued his debut project Different, a 6-track package of sonic bliss. The entire project as a whole is impressive, but one of the standout joints is his collaboration with Nigerian singer Nonso Amadi titled "Uthando," where the singer and producer team up to deliver a lovely interpretation of the bubbling South African genre Amapiano. Excellent tune!

Darkovibes 'Wish Me Luck'

Ghanaian singer and rapper Darkovibes also presented a project this month, his debut album titled Kpanlogo. Kpanlogo is a 14 track offering of afrobeats dopeness, and one of our favorite picks from the album is "Wish Me Luck." On the song, the La Meme Gang member narrates the story of a seductress who has her sights set on him as her target.

Sarkodie 'Sub Zero'

This month also saw the revival of beef season, with some of the usual suspects weighing in, and some new faces making appearances as well. In "Sub Zero" rapper Sarkodie responded to a number of jabs and subliminals by some industry peers with this blazing hot cut, where he addressed several of the claims made by them, throwing in some shots of his own.

Kwesi Arthur 'Turn On The Lights'

Kwesi Arthur is in his bag. The rapper issued this midtempo afro-R&B cut titled "Turn On The Lights," where he sings in earnest to the girl of his dreams, floating all over the Yung D3mz production. Tune!

EFYA ft MUGEEZ 'Pricelezz'

Ghanaian soul songstress Efya brings her series of "Big Dragon" releases to a close, and returns to her original moniker to drop her latest release. It's titled "Pricelezz," and this time she teamed up with one-half of superstar duo R2Bees Mugeez to bless us with some dancefloor magic.

Apolo Imon 'Holla'

Rising star Apolo Imon dished out the official video for his previously dropped single "Holla," an infectious afrobeats number. The visuals bring the easygoing bop to life, and offers a glimpse into the smooth way Apolo woos a potential love interest.

Izzik feat. Bryan the Mensah 'Hush'

In this month's hip-hop fix, we got a solid offering from Ghanaian rapper Izzik. The newcomer issued his debut project, a 6-track EP simply titled "Zik." One standout track from the project is this joint simply titled "Hush," a wavy trap joint featuring guest verses by BRYAN THE MENSAH and KwesiSoul.

Key-Z 'Batty Gyal'

We came across this hidden gem, an upbeat dancehall tune by singer and songwriter Key-Z, titled "Batty Gyal." A vibe just right for the party, "Batty Gyal" tells a story about finding the perfect girl, in this case "The Beautiful African Gyal" with the backside.

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

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video)

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