Amaarae in "Like It."

The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month

Featuring Shatta Wale, Amaarae, Joey B, Sarkodie, M.anifest and more.

Here are the best songs to come out of the buzzing Ghanaian music scene in October.

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


Shatta Wale 'Borjor' & 'California'

Shatta Wale taps into his afrobeats sensibilities in "Borjor," a jam that could go toe to toe with the best offerings of any African pop star. This is a surefire December anthem! —Nnamdi Okirike

The jab and stab of producer Paq's drums on "California" would make for an instructive dancehall song by Shatta Wale, who instead has chosen to sing real feelings about his "Liberian queen." The song is taken from Wonder Boy, Shatta Wale's recent album. —Sabo Kpade

Amaarae 'Like It'

The "shawty with the bald head" Amaarae continues to veer deeper into her own lane with an afro-dancehall influenced alternative RnB tune, floating all the way through in her sensual, sultry soprano. She fronts the ballad with visuals that are just as sensual, set in a dream-like fantasy world. —N.O.

"Like It" by Amaaree draws from images of a glacier, missile and a pistol to convey longing for a lover. The neat and playful writing, when sung in her feather-soft falsetto, makes for seductive listening. —S.K.

Joey B Ft. Boj 'No Waste Time'

Joey B keeps it simple with the bars in this easy going bop featuring Nigerian singer BOJ. A few months earlier, and this would have been a summer anthem. —N.O.

Sarkodie, Donae'O & Idris Elba 'Party & Bulls#!t'

Sarkodie's combined star power with Idris Elba is bound to win over any doubts in "Party & Bulls#!t," which also features Donae's typically engaged singing. —S.K.

M.anifest 'Big Mad' ft. Simi

In the run leading up to his new project The Gamble, M.anifest drops a love-turned-sour story assisted by Nigerian songstress Simi. "Big Mad" comes accompanied with pristine visuals to match. —N.O

Supa Gaeta 'Woa' feat. Ko-Jo Cue

Young rapper, singer, and producer Supa Gaeta dishes out a smooth afrobeats bop, featuring a guest appearance by rapper Ko-Jo Cue. The duo discusses the pain of unrequited love over a melody-packed soundscape. —N.O.

Ebo Taylor 'Palaver'

Long lost and now re-issued, "Palava," is the title song of the five track EP recorded in 1980 by Ebo Taylor, dubbed the "king of Ghanaian funky-highlife," while touring Nigeria. —S.K.

Wendy Shay 'Kut It'

Wendy Shay's departure from hiplife to dancehall on "Kut It" retains her bad-assery and effective songwriting exemplified in the single line hook, "come and kut it," a big come on that is also a dare. —S.K.

Kofi Kinaata 'Things Fall Apart'

Kofi Kinaata scores a big hit with this socially conscious highlife record, where he addresses the contamination of the Christian faith by worldly desires and pleasures. —N.O.

Ko-jo Cue 'Dzo' feat. Worlasi

Worlasi's winning hook is well matched by Ko-jo Cue on "Dzo,", the second single—after "You Alone"—from his upcoming album, For My Brothers, out on November 1. —S.K.


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Featuring Stonebwoy, Kuami Eugene, Shatta Wale, Samini, Sarkodie and more.

March has been quite an eventful month around the world. While almost everything has come to a standstill due to the pandemic, the creative world hasn't stopped. In an attempt to keep the content coming during this time of social distancing and self isolation, both the top shots and emerging acts have been showing out. As March comes to a close we give you a list of some of the best songs to come out of Ghana this month. Check them out below.

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We speak with the South African artist about his captivating new album, iimini, love cycles, and the unexpected influence of Bon Iver.

"I've been playing at home for so many years and pretending to be having shows in my living room, and today it's actually happening," Bongeziwe Mabandla says, smiling out at me from my cellphone as I watch him play songs on Instagram Live, guitar close to his chest.

Two weekends ago, Mabandla was meant to be celebrating the release of his third album, iimini, at the Untitled Basement in Braamfontein in Joburg, which would no doubt have been packed with some of the many fans the musician has made since his debut release, Umlilo, in 2012. With South Africa joining many other parts of the world in a lockdown, those dates were cancelled and Mabandla, like many other artists, took to social media to still play some tracks from the album. The songs on iimini are about the life and death of a relationship—songs that are finding their way into the hearts of fans around the world, some of whom, now stuck in isolation, may be having to confront the ups and downs of love, with nowhere to hide.

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The Ghanaian producer talks to us about his debut EP, Different, the massive success of "Akwaaba," producing for Beyoncé and more.

GuiltyBeatz isn't a new name in the Ghanaian music scene. A casual music fan's first introduction to him would've likely been years ago on "Sample You," one of Mr Eazi's early breakout hits. However, he had scored his first major hit two years before that, in the Nigerian music space on Jesse Jagz' and Wizkid's 2013 hit "Bad Girl." In the years to come, the producer has gone on to craft productions for some of Ghana's most talented artists.

In the years to come, the producer has gone on to craft productions for some of Ghana's most talented artists, having worked with the likes of Efya, Pappy Kojo, Sarkodie, R2Bees, Stonebwoy, Bisa Kdei, Wande Coal, Moelogo and many more over the last decade. The biggest break of the talented producer's career, however, came with the arrival of his own single "Akwaaba".

In 2018, GuiltyBeatz shared "Akwaaba" under Mr Eazi's Banku Music imprint, shortly afterwards the song and its accompanying dance went viral. The track and dance graced party floors, music & dance videos, and even church auditoriums all around the world, instantly making him one of Africa's most influential producers. Awards, nominations, and festival bookings followed the huge success of "Akwaaba." Then, exactly a year later, the biggest highlight of his career so far would arrive: three production credits on Beyoncé's album The Lion King: The Gift.

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