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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.


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


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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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