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The 8 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month

Featuring Sarkodie, Medikal, Kojey Radical, B4Bonah, E.L and more

Here are the best tracks that came out of the buzzing Ghana scene in June.

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



Sarkodie 'Alpha' EP

This month, the elite Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie blessed us with a six track EP titled Alpha. While every track on the EP is worth your while, one of our picks for a standout is "Odo," in which he allows late singer Ebony Reign's posthumous vocals ample room to shine. —Nnamdi Okirike

Kojey Radical 'Can't Go Back'

Kojey Radical is readying the release of his third project, which will look to explore themes of depression, god, family, self-worth, creativity, and love, according to his team. The British-Ghanaian artist shared the striking new music video for the album's lead single "Can't Go Back," a song we included in our favorite Ghanaian tracks the month. The new music video for "Can't Go Back," directed by Kojey Radical and longtime creative partner Charlie Di Placido, pairs the song's funk and soul-influences with alluring dances performed in an empty warehouse.

Medikal 'Drip' ft. Joey B & Kofi Mole

Rapper Medikal wrapped up his onslaught of diss tracks from his newly sparked beef with ex-Sarkodie signee Strongman with this single, assisted by Kofi Mole and Joey B. Where fans had been expecting another cut filled with body shots, he responded with a saucy, diss barren trap joint backed by lavish visuals. Real rap rivalry or just a publicity stunt? We may never know. —N.O.

B4Bonah 'See Body'

Rising Ghanaian star B4Bonah, premiered his catchy debut track "See Body," and to mark the song's release, OkayAfrica has teamed up with the artist to share a new collection of tees, that'll fit nicely into your summer wardrobe. In conjunction with the song's release, two new shirt designs are available for preorder at our Okayshop.

EL ft Joey B & Falz 'Ehua'

E.L let loose this potential club banger featuring Joey B and Falz, marked by a fun video featuring E.L as a police officer, Joey B as an ECG (Ghana's power company) official, and Falz as the "Oga." A solid Ghana-Naija collaboration, as the rapper and producer attempts to consolidate his comeback. —N.O.

Tulenkey 'Proud Fvck Boys' Remix Feat. Falz & Ice Prince 

Rapper Tulenkey presented the Naija remix of his buzzing single "Proud Fvck Boys." On this version the two Nigerian rappers Falz and Ice Prince humorously detail the extremes they will go to be despicable human beings, or as popular culture tags it, "fvck boys." "No ambition and no patience, I go follow your mama if the dough make sense!" —N.O.

Kelvyn Boy 'Mea' ft. Joey B (Official Video)

Rising Ghanaian act Kelvyn Boy dropped his new T.I.M.E EP on Stonebwoy's Burniton Music Group label this month. We premiered the music video for the EP's latest single "Mea," a sleek head-nodder featuring Joey B. Kelvyn Boy told us how the addictive track came about: "Mea is a big tune for me and one of the EP's highlights I'd say, it has a highlife flair which I love."

Magnom 'I Taya' feat. Shatta Wale

Trap Magnom gives way for relationship Magnom on "I Taya," as the producer-artist earnestly airs his heartbreak woes on a danceable afrobeats backdrop, assisted with an equally earnest verse by the Shatta Movement head. —N.O.


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