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The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month

Featuring Sarkodie, Kwesi Arthur, Efya, Kirani Ayat, Shatta Wale, Juls and more.

Here are our favorite tracks to come out of the buzzing Ghanaian music scene in February.

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


GuiltyBeatz x Mr Eazi x Kwesi Arthur 'Pilolo'

Producer GuiltyBeatz is finally back with another release, his last being the smash hit "Akwaaba," the biggest dance anthem out of Ghana in 2018. "Pilolo" is another potential dance hit that follows the same formula its predecessor. He features label head Mr Eazi once again, this time adding rap sensation Kwesi Arthur to the mix. Kwesi opens the song with a few quick bars, and Mr Eazi laces it with a repetitive hook then lets the beat take center stage of the two minute anthem. —Nnamdi Okirike

As a producer, GuiltyBeatz has made fantastic house bangers that include "Akwaaba," "Genging," and now "Pilolo" which features Kwesi Arthur. In each, Guiltybeatz maintains a propulsive bass drum that is varied with melodious astral effects. Pilolo is also the name of a children's outdoor game, as well a dance craze from Ghana. —Sabo Kpade


Sarkodie x Akan 'All Die Be Die'

The hard-nosed title, which could mean provocation or resignation, were the words the incumbent president of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo made in the run up to the 2012 presidential elections. Along with Akan, Sarkodie gives new life to the pidgin nugget, expounding on tales of survivalism and triumph over production that combines hissing trap snares and throbbing highlife drums. Sarkodie's precision and breath-control brings order to the brilliantly busy beat that would consume many a rapper. —S.K

Twitch x KaySo 'Happy Everyday'

Emerging singer Twitch released this brand new single titled, "Happy Everyday," an anthem for the happy-go-lucky. In the song, Twitch preaches the gospel of being and staying positive regardless of what you may be going through in life. He sings: "Make you no let your worries over you, you figure your problems big e be few give somebody," Ghanaian pidgin English which translates to"Don't let your problems overwhelm you, if you think your problems are big they're little compared to someone else's." Twitch delivers a refreshing dose of inspiration on this one, something that isn't commonplace in afrobeats. A Kayso production, "Happy Everyday" isn't just enjoyable but also spirit-lifting. —N.O.

Juls x Zlatan x Damibliz x Worlasi 'Kokosa'

If tags indicate quality, the words "Juls baby" primes the ear for goodness to come. In "Kokosa," a dark and brooding bass line brings dramatic tension to ambling drums over which Damibliz impressively varies melodies, any one of which would be a fitting hook. —S.K.

Kirani AYAT x Efya 'For You'

Hausa rap specialist Kirani AYAT delivers something that isn't in his usual lane: a love song. However, the rapper proves he can deliver regardless of genre on this joint featuring talented soul singer Efya."For You" presents a smooth afro hip-hop cut that sees the rapper displaying his softer side with some charming crooning, assisted with a sultry guest verse by the multi award winning singer. - N.O.

"For You" features offers of love in English and marriage in Hausa "zan kawo lefe / e yi awure" by Kirani Ayat who manages to hold his own against the often celestial Efya, who doesn't belt to dazzle here, perhaps not to upstage her host. —S.K.

FOKN Bois x Mr Eazi 'True Friends'

The FOKN Bois, comprised of artists Wanlov the Kubolor and M3NSA, and well known for their controversial and socially-conscious music. In their new single, "True Friends," the duo calls out fake acquaintances. They also pay tribute to their fans, who they declare are their true friends due to their actual support—the buying and sharing of their art. "True Friends" was the single preceding their new album, Afrobeats LOL, which dropped later in the month. - N.O.

Shatta Wale 'Signboard'

Of the few Shatta Wale releases for February alone, "Signboard" stands out. Here, he is closer to a folk singer than to a dancehall supremo. He responds to his own calls on the chorus over an insistent piano, singing about the use of signboards to indicate what ought to be clear about his and one's status. —S.K.

Ama Slay x EL x Joey B 'Asem' 

Ama Slay's tale of desire and demands for a lover to "make it worth her while" gets not one but two suitors in EL and Joey B, whose clever and funny inter-changing bars pretend to be from one character..

Maayaa 'See'

RnB/Soul songstress Maayaa is a newcomer to the Ghanaian music space, having released her debut project, Chapter Red, towards the end of last year. But the music that she makes sends a completely different message, as it boasts songwriting and musicality that can easily compare to that of veterans.This month she released her very first offering for the year, "See," an afro-soul ballad filled with sultry melodies and dreamy but passionate harmonies. Here Maayaa delivers her heartfelt lyrics in a combination of English and Twi, and the music does the rest to complete what definitely results in something many artists fail to achieve: a timeless love song. —N.O.

Miyaki 'Sexy Tranquilo'

The self-styled "youngest-in-charge" delivers an impressive take on Ronyturnmeup's "World Wide Riddim," released in the last quarter of 2018. One lyric "me dream like a Martin Luther / me no want no puta" pushes the borders of taste, as does leaving out much of the original's patois which pushes the song into afro-swing territory. —S.K.


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Watch J.Derobie's New Boxing Video For 'Back It'

Video Premiere: The buzzing Ghanaian act and emPawa artist comes through with a new music video for "Back It."

Ghana's J.Derobie turned heads last year when he arrived in a big way with his hit single "Poverty." The track, released through Mr Eazi's emPawa, was one of. our top picks for the Best Ghanaian Songs of 2019.

J.Derobie is now returning with the brand new music video for his latest Uche B-produced dancehall banger, "Back It," which we're premiering here today.

The new Accra-shot music video, directed by Babs Direction, follows J.Derobie to a boxing gym and ring as he trains to become a champion, while also splicing in scenes of the Ghanaian artist as a military leader.

"The idea was to create a song to show resiliency, to show courage, to show that you are not weak, and you can handle challenges that come your way," J.Derobie tells OkayAfrica. "To prove that yeah, you are a man."

"The boxing concept came from the director. The song sounds so hard, so he was picturing something like boxing. In boxing, you are not afraid of your opponent, and it's all about winning. We shot at a boxing gym in Accra, Jamestown. It's a real gym, and those pictures are legends from back in the day like Azumah Nelson and Joshua Clottey," he continues.

"When you see me in the [military] uniform, that is like I am a president addressing the nation, a leader. Every leader shows courage, every leader is not afraid of challenges, every leader is not afraid to go into whatever situation, and face the challenges for their people," J.Derobie explains.

Watch the striking new music video for "Back It" below.

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Listen to Joojo Addison & Amaarae's Infectious New Single 'Ba Jo'

The uplifting new single from the Ghanaian artists builds on a highlife-style guitar riff and afro-fusion beat work.

Joojo Addison and Amaarae comes through with a highly-addictive new track, "Ba Jo."

The new single from the Ghanaian artists is built on a highlife-style guitar riff and afro-fusion beat work. It sees Joojo Addison taking the lead with a solid verse and hook-filled chorus.

Amaarae comes in with her sultry vocals to bring the track home, as she interpolates Aqua's "Barbie Girl" in a clever way.

Joojo Addison mentions that "Ba Jo" is "a song brewed from the ambience of love and togetherness" The uplifting track was produced by MikeMillzOnEm.

Get into Joojo Addison and Amaarae's "Ba Jo" below.

For more Ghanaian music, follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.


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Davido's Fiancé, Chioma Rowland, Tests Positive For Coronavirus

The Nigerian musician made the announcement via a heartfelt Instagram post on Friday.

Chioma Rowland, the fiancé of star Nigerian musician Davido, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The artist shared the news via Instagram on Friday, writing that he and 31 people on his team decided to get tested after returning back to Lagos from abroad. While he and the rest of his team received negative results, Rowland's test came back positive.

"Unfortunately, my fiancé's results came back positive while all 31 others tested have come back negative including our baby," wrote Davido. He added that they both showed no systems, but would be self-isolating as a safety measure.

"We are however doing perfectly fine and she is even still yet to show any symptoms whatsoever. She is now being quarantined and I have also gone into full self isolation for the minimum 14 days," he added. "I want to use this opportunity to thank you all for your endless love and prayers in advance and to urge everyone to please stay at home as we control the spread of this virus! Together we can beat this!"

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Juls Drops New Music Video for 'Soweto Blues' Featuring Busiswa and Jaz Karis

The Ghanaian-British producer heads to South Africa for the music video for the amapiano-inspired track.

Heavyweight Ghanaian-British producer Juls shares his first offering of 2020, and it does not disappoint.

The producer enlists South African music star Busiswa and London's Jaz Karis for the jazz-inflected "Soweto Blues," which also boasts elements of South Africa's dominant electronic sound, Amapiano. The slow-burner features airy vocals from Karis who features prominently on the 3-minute track, while Busiswa delivers a standout bridge in her signature high-energy tone.

"The song dubbed "Soweto Blues" is a song depicting the love, sadness and fun times that Soweto tends to offer its people," read the song's YouTube description. The video premiered earlier today on The Fader. "The energy is amazing, the people are lovely and I've found a second home — especially the vibrancy of Soweto," the producer told The Fader about his trip to Soweto for the making of the video "Jaz Karis is singing a love song, which is symbolic of my new love of Soweto and I'm honoured to have worked with Busiswa whom I have been a fan of for a long time."

Fittingly, the music video sees Juls traveling through the township, taking in its sights and energy. The video, directed by Nigel Stöckl, features striking shots of the popular area and its skilled pantsula dancers.

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