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!
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!
"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.