Wendy Shay in "Nobody"

The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month (April)

Featuring Wendy Shay, Stonebwoy x Vic Mensa, Sarkodie, Twitch 4EVA, Kwesi Arthur and more.

It's been another great month for Ghanaian music, filled to the brim and overflowing with good songs. We know you don't want to miss out on any of the best releases by your favorite artists so, below, we bring you the best Ghanaian music that dropped in April.

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

Wendy Shay 'Nobody'

Singer Wendy Shay is gearing up to drop her second studio album Shayning Star. Nobody," the first single off that upcoming album, presents a new sound and musical style for the afrobeats and dancehall singer. Here Wendy issues candid commentary on life but the highlight of the song is the music itself — a smooth R&B style ballad executed perfectly by the Rufftown Records vocalist.

Twitch 4EVA 'Chaskele Remix' ft. Oxlade

Ghana-Naija collaborations always deliver the best music and this song is yet another example. Ground Up's Twitch 4EVA teamed up with Nigerian singer Oxlade to issue the remix of Twitch's love-drunk anthem, "Chaskele," from his debut album. The duo sing their hearts out, airing their relationship woes on the Rayf production and, even, interpolating a Backstreet Boys vocal line.

Mr Drew 'Mood'

Highly Spiritual's rising star and the winner of Ghana's 3Music Awards Breakthrough Act, Mr Drew, dropped a brand new afrobeats bop simply titled "Mood." Catchy is an understatement here as Mr Drew cooks up a tune that's definitely going to be the soundtrack to many a party to come.

Stonebwoy 'Blessing' ft. Vic Mensa

Stonebwoy dropped a whopping three songs this month, including a reggae tune and a drill freestyle, but the one that takes the cake is this collaboration with American rapper of Ghanaian descent Vic Mensa. In "Blessing," Stonebwoy issues another surefire hit and Vic shines on his guest slot, gliding all over the dancehall beat.

Sarkodie 'No Fugazy'

Sarkodie recently made the announcement about his upcoming studio album slated for July. He also dropped the first single from the project, "No Fugazy" — an afrobeats song in which the rapper makes a case against fake designer items over a Rexxie production.

Kofi Kinaata 'Thy Grace'

In celebration of his birthday, the rapper and singer Kofi Kinaata dropped a brand new tune titled "Thy Grace." In usual Kofi Kinaata fashion, "Thy Grace" is an excellent highlife tune that puts his songwriting skills on full display.

D-Black 'Enjoyment Minister' ft. Stonebwoy & Quamina MP

D-Black is yet another artist gearing up to drop an album. Off his forthcoming project titled Loyalty, the Black Avenue Muzik boss drops an amapiano tune titled "Enjoyment Minister" featuring Stonebwoy and Quamina MP. The song is a testament to his commitment to the good life.

Lord Paper 'Beautiful Day' ft. Victoria Kimani & Kofi Mole

Ghanaian singer Lord Paper dropped the remix to his previously released record "Beautiful Day." The addition of Kenyan singer Victoria Kimani and "Don't Be Late" rapper Kofi Mole to the slow whine anthem make the infectious tune a fun affair with a vivid color-filled video to match.

Kwesi Arthur 'Walk'

Rapper Kwesi Arthur rewinds the clock a bit to drop the official video for "Walk," a song from his 2019 album Live From Nkrumah Krom Vol. II (Home Run), renewing the trap anthem's lease on life.

Afrisounds 'Causing Trouble' ft. Ghetto Boy & Amartey

"Causing Trouble" is Afrisounds, a full service music firm's, debut single featuring Naira Marley & King Perry collaborator Ghetto Boy and Netherlands-based Amartey. The afrobeats inspired feel-good anthem narrates the love lives of both singers as they sing their hearts out about the women in their lives they yearn desperately over.

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

Pictures courtesy of Maeva Heim

Maeva Heim is the Founder the Beauty Industry Has Been Waiting on

The 31-year-old founder of Bread Beauty Supply is changing the conversation around haircare for textured hair.

It's nearing 9 p.m. in Australia, and Maeva Heim is dimly lit from behind and smiling warmly at her computer screen, ready to talk shop. We're here to discuss hair care, namely her brand Bread Beauty Supply, and how black beauty has made the globe smaller.

The 31-year-old is the founder of Bread Beauty Supply, a haircare line that encourages all textures and curl patterns to come as they are. "We don't want to tell you what to do with your hair. Enough people do that already," Heim says of Bread's brand philosophy. "We are just here to provide really good products for whatever you want to do with your hair at any point and not dictate to you how things should be. We're just women making the good products. You're making the good hair, and that's it. We're not here to define the rules."

But it's impossible to talk about recent strides in beauty products for textured hair without talking about the summer of 2020. In the weeks following the murder of George Floyd in the United States, a crescendo of cries rallied through global streets asking for not just equality but equity. The world watched with scrutiny as black boxes filled social feeds and brands made pledges to diversity. Those calls pinged from executive boards to the shelves of some of the world's largest beauty retailers. Meanwhile, after years of formulation, fundraising, and perfecting formulas and ingredients during a global pandemic, Maeva Heim introduced Bread beauty to the world in a perfect storm of timing and execution. The July 2020 launch filled a wide gap for Black beauty between homemade beauty products and behemoth beauty brands as Heim focused on an often under-explored direct-to-consumer middle.

Lauded on social media for their innovative packaging and nostalgic scents (the brand's award-winning hair oil smells like Froot Loops), Bread is a brand that makes hair care basics for not-so-basic hair. Typically, women with textured hair have not been included in the conversations around the idea of "'lazy girl hair" with minimal and effortless maintenance and styling - something Heim wanted to change. Part of Bread's mission is deleting category terms from the brand language – e.g. 'anti-frizz — that the brand feels unnecessarily demonizes characteristics that are natural to textured hair.

Photo courtesy of Bread Beauty

Born and raised in Peth, Western Australia, to an Ivorian mother and a French father, Heim grew up as one of the few Black kids in her neighborhood. Her days weaved between school and helping her mother run her braiding salon, one of the only of its kind in 1990's Australia. From sweeping floors, answering phones, and assisting with product orders, Heim's introduction to the world of beauty was rooted in the practice of doing.

Heim would go on to study business and law at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia, before working in marketing at L'Oréal, followed by an internship at Procter & Gamble in Singapore. But it wasn't until her relaxer exploded in her luggage during a flight between New York and Chicago that she began to think seriously about not only her personal hair journey but also about the beauty industry's gaps.

After ditching chemical hair-relaxer and returning to her natural texture, she pitched her idea to Sephora and, in 2019, was selected as one of the first-ever Australian participants in the Sephora Accelerate program, securing a launch deal for both in-store and online.

But what's most striking about Heim, aside from her penchant for focusing on the brand and the consumer, is her focus on the innovation gaps for Black beauty products. Uniquely shy on social media but poignantly focused on every nuance of her brand and serving Bread's prior overlooked customer base, Maeva is the founder the beauty world has been waiting for.

*This interview has been condensed and edited for length and clarity

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