Featuring Sarkodie, E.L, Juls x Kojey Radical, Shatta Wale and more.
The robustness and invention of Ghanaian pop music are evident in a bumper month of song making—from the grafting of trap to highlife, to continued displays of rap virtuosity and singing flourishes.
Read ahead for our selection of the Best Ghanaian Songs of August.
Medikal's "Yesu," featuring Phil Blak, is a stream of consciousness display of verbal virtuosity about self-affirmation and triumph over adversity.
An excellent pairing of vocal delivery and sensible beat-making that went to even more complex depths on 2017's "Temperature Rising."
Adina Thembi "On My Way"
Pertinent life advice sung with beautiful vocal clarity and graceful flourish.
Sarkodie "Can't Let You Go" feat. King Promise
Sarkodie and King Promise share a beautiful ode to a long term partner, celebrating everlasting love and companionship.
Strongman in "Change" and "Wappi"
A state of the nation address made even more brilliant by the clever blending of highlife and trap; a more adventurous endeavor but no less satisfying than "Wappi" with Gamebwoy.
Shatta Wale "Ginger"
A hortatory epistle with a reassuring yet inconclusive maxim—"some people say life no be fair / me say life just be test"—from Shatta Wale.
Qwesi Flex & Patapaa "Dirty Yourself"
A house banger with a clear directive from Qwesi Flex and Patapaa.
DJ J Masta "Magic Remix" feat. Bisa Kdei, Skales & Praiz
An exemplar of afropop's synergy with American R&B by a stellar line up of Bisa Kdei, Skales and Praiz, each of which is affecting and memorable.
Kumi Guitar "Konkosa"
Highlife goodness by singer-songwriter Kumi Guitar, whose smooth vocal muscularity is as old fashion as it reassuring over present-day production.
GuiltyBeatz & Joey Boy & King Promise "Fire"
"Fire," a song-title-as-song-description that for once is well earned.
E.L "Dare To Dream" & "Yo Geng"
Technically astute and emotionally precise verses whose lofty title undersells turns of earnest self-examination and social commentary over production of which J Dilla would be proud. Equally impressive is "Yo Geng" on which E.L brag-swags with real charm about his personality and prowess.