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The 11 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month

Featuring Shatta Wale, M.anifest, Becca x Sarkodie, Miyaki, R2Bees and more.

This July, we present the inaugural list of the best Ghanaian songs of the month in a new series that will select from the tons of great music produced by Ghanaian artists and producers in the country and its diaspora.

Read on for our selection of the best Ghanaian songs of of the month.


Kuami Eugene "Wish Me Well"

A tale of well-wishes to well-wishers that may also double as a rebuke to naysayers, "Wish Me Well" excels as a secular gospel song in the way it combines personal triumph with religious innocence. Kuami Eugene traces cadences and techniques—like signature ad-libs and the hook's cluttered refrain—that are reminiscent of Wizkid, without a smudge on his own singing talent.

Shatta Wale - "Amount" x "Testimony" x "Sleeping Sickness"

Three singles released this month showcase Shatta Wale's rich and prodigious song making: "Testimony" is a victory lap of triumph over adversity, "Amount" is a big money brag and a club banger, and "Sleeping Sickness" is a love overture sung with real feeling.

Becca x Sarkodie - "Nana"

A pledge of unbridled love and loyalty by Ghanaian pop royalty that makes one wonder just how delightful and influential a joint album à la The Carters could possibly be. Both are in excellent form: Sarkodie is ever compact and precise, his athletic delivery and big boasts the perfect accompaniment to Becca's celestial voice, here, beautifully restrained with light flourishes and echoed with muted vocals.

GuiltyBeatz x Mr Eazi x Medikal "Genging"

Another house and dance banger by the pair who brought you "Akwaaba" early in March, made even better by Medikal who adds zest to an already surefire hit.

M.anifest "Azumah Nelson Flow"

The always on-point M.anifest comes through with the new single and video for "Azumah Nelson Flow," a track produced by Rvdical the Kid. The rapper linked up with the Ghanaian boxing legend, who makes a cameo in this booming new single named after him.

Medikal x Kwesi Arthur x Ahtitude "How Much"


A bar-fest as ferocious as any, the trio address a pertinent question—"how much be your too much money?"—with enough verve and audacity to make any loaded pocket insecure.

Wendy Shay "Bedroom Commando"

An unabashed title for an unabashed invitation, Wendy Shay makes no bones about her sensual intentions to a love interest. With urgings to "fire, fire," Shay invites as well as challenges her lover with an ego boost, "bedroom commando," and an even bigger one promised: "call you my hero." Who could resist!

Miyaki "Anfara"

Translating to "it's begun" in Hausa, "Anfara" is the follow up to single to "Overtime" by the new wonder boy of Ghanaian pop and self-described "youngest in charge," Miyaki. In title and composition, "Anfara" is reminiscent of another song of the same title by ClassiQ, the gifted upcoming Nigerian rapper who is also Hausa. More interestingly, the song presents a new dimension with not just the language—rarely used in top layer pop in either countries—but also the melodies and humour particular to Hausa folk songs.

Itz Tiffany "Cotyledon"

Any apparent interest in school biology is secondary to the rhythmic staccato gains when the consonants in the song title, "co-ty-le-don," are repeated in step with the percussion. "Cotyledon" will work well on any party floor as it would as educational material but its endearing merit is its clever simplicity. Full marks!

Samini "Obaa"

"It's wifey time, can I talk to you later?" goes Samini on what starts out as perfectly enjoyable lover's rock, and gets an unexpected jolt in richness when a restless electric guitar, succeeded by a flutter of horns, combine with the dominating bass guitar for a satisfying climax.

Mugeez x Queen Frank "Fuck Like This" & R2bees "We Dey Vibe"

The duo of Omar Sterling and Mugeez take turns rapping about being party freaks over heaving kick drums, as well as in a video that extols the joys of pool parties and beach bonfires. The mercurial Mugeez is also in fine form this time as a bawdy dancehall artist on "Fuck Like This" along with Queen Frank who deploys a nimble flow and any amount of stank on a song that is as brash as it is rousing.


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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) www.youtube.com

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