2019 Top 10 Ghanaian Songs
On the other hand, rising stars in their thriving hip-hop scene and afrobeats stars on the come up deliver their own certified hits, rubbing shoulders on the charts from time to time with some of Ghana’s biggest acts.
With the year being more than halfway gone, we want to take a look at the top joints we’ve been graced with by Ghana. The following is a list of the most notable songs out of the multitude of content the creatives of the Gold Coast have churned out so far this year.
Pappy Kojo ft. Joey B & Nshorna Muzik – Balance
Pappy Kojo delivered what could arguably be the best hip-hop joint out of Ghana this year. At the top of the year the “Fante Van Damme” (his self-given alias due to his lyrics being predominantly in the Ghanaian language called Fante) released this extremely infectious head bopper featuring rapper Joey B and producer and Azonto genre originator Nshorna Muzik.
This song dominated radio and the streets, which really isn’t common for a hip-hop song in these afrobeats times. Because of the language barrier you may hardly be able to make out most of what the rapper says, but he definitely always delivers in style, assisted by Joey with a super quotable hook.
Pappy scored a heavy hit with this one!
J.Derobie ft. Mr Eazi – Poverty
J.Derobie is a newcomer to the Ghana music scene whose debut single “Poverty” has had considerable impact, turning the brand new act into an instant star. It started when a mobile phone video clip of him singing a portion of this song went semi-viral and was shortlisted into Mr Eazi‘s “Empawa” program.
The song received funding from him and became a complete single and video which went on to do just as well as the short video clip did.
The dancehall song complete with patois lingo, was endorsed by Jamacian dancehall heavywights Popcaan (also birthing a remix featuring him, check it out here) and Kranium, as well as several top Ghanaian musicians ever since its release, launching a promising career off the back of one song.
DJ Mic Smith ft. Patoranking & Shaker – Jama
Dropped December 2018, this joint by renowned Ghanaian disk jockey DJ Mic Smith made major waves this year, starting slowly but eventually making its way into every playlist and chart.
Named after “jama”, the indigenous genre of Ghanaian music (similar to Port Harcourt’s “gyration”, and identified by the use of various live percussion instruments and repetitive call and response chants), the song featuring Ghanaian rapper Shaker and our very own Patoranking is a very humorous take on what it means to spend money on others for the wrong reasons.
“You carry woman go club, you spend all your money, the girl talk say she no do you come dey cry!”
E.L – Higher
In recent times rapper producer and renowned hitmaker E.L has had quite the dry spell, not having a full mainstream hit since early 2017, despite him regularly dropping music ever since then.
Fortunately the rapper made his comeback this year by delivering his first chart topper in quite a while.
The song is titled “Higher”, and it’s an inspirational afropop cut, which he says is off his upcoming album “WAVs (West African Vibes)”. The song ran a full takeover, dominating the airwaves and bringing back the E.L we’re used to. Lomi!
R2Bees – Yesterday
R2Bees is one of those acts who never fail to deliver hits, no question about it. This joint by the superstar duo is no exception, becoming a mainstream hit shortly after its release. I mean what’s radio without R2Bees on it?
The duo delivered their performance to the smooth afrobeats tune in a fun video, which took the form of a reality show called “Pursuit of Love”, where an eligible bachelor tries to choose between a number of beautiful women, with a cameo by Darkovibes.
Tulenkey ft. Eddie Khae – Proud Fvck Boys
Dropped at the end of 2018, this song has been in the ears and on the lips of music fans all through the year. Another contender for the rap song top spot, which could either be because of the dopeness of the song itself, or its hilarous content.
The song by rapper Tulenkey featuring “Do The Dance” hitmaker Eddie Khae is a humorous account of “fvck boys” and their characteristics, where he proudly raises the flag for “fvck boys” nationwide – himself included. Can you say no shame? Lol.
In June the super buzzing song was graced with two remixes, a Naija remix featuring Falz and Ice Prince, and a Ghana remix featuring Wanlov, RJZ, Shaker, and Sister Deborah, which both continue to give the joint more life.
Lord Paper – Dzigbordi
Dreadlocked Ghanaian singer Lord Paper delivered what could be his biggest song ever since his controversial viral debut “Awurama” – the song marked by its adult film style music video.
The song is titled “Dzigbordi”, and it’s a mid-tempo trap ballad, where Lord Paper sings all the way through. The song itself is an excellent tune, which explains how well it has performed but just as interesting is the song’s content.
On the song the singer addresses what is a commonly overlooked but actually important issue in Africa – tribalism and ethnocentrism in relationships/marriages. He belts out a message of love that goes beyond the barriers of tribe, making for one of the most notable, socially conscious songs of the year.
Now that’s what I like to hear on my radio.
Kofi Mole – Don’t Be Late
This song right here dropped and then shot straight into the stratosphere. The Ground Up Chale rapper Kofi Mole delivered one of the biggest Ghanaian hip-hop songs this year – and another convincing contender for the hip-hop song of the year.
“Don’t Be Late” is a want-you-back anthem that sees the drunk in love rapper making a case for his woman’s love and affection, in a combination of quickfire raps and sing-song vocals.
The video is just a few thousand short of a million views on YouTube, for the song that pushed the young dreadlocked rapper into the limelight. Not bad for a newcomer right? Hip-hop is definitely having an interesting year in Ghana.
Kwesi Arthur ft. Shatta Wale – African Girl
Young rap superstar and BET Award nominee Kwesi Arthur cooks up a surefire hit with one of the biggest acts in Ghanaian music on this one. This joint is a collaboration named “African Girl” featuring controversial dancehall act Shatta Wale, where he and Shatta sing praises to their woman (or women?) of choice, a melanin queen from the shores of Africa.
The rapper delivered another chart topper, but in the form of an afrobeats song this time – an interesting twist. Has he learned how to hack the game? *Strokes beard*
It’ll be interesting to see what the “Grind Day” hitmaker does next.
Medikal ft. Shatta Wale & Fella Makafui – Omo Ada (Remix)
This year Ghanaian rapper and AMG Business signee Medikal dropped the remix of his smash afropop hit “Omo Ada” (meaning “them sleep” in English).
The original song was already a party staple, but this time around MDK ups the ante by featuring dancehall superstar Shatta Wale as well as his girlfriend, actress and entrepreneur Fella Makafui, whom their relationship has been a source of a lot of controversy and attention in recent times as it resulted out of infidelity to his former partner Sister Deborah.
I’m pretty sure the drama behind the song is what made it as big as it is. Well, the game is the game!
GuiltyBeatz – Pilolo ft. Mr Eazi & Kwesi Arthur
Empawa act and Banku Muzik in-house producer GuiltyBeatz attempted to double up on the viral success of “Akwaaba” with this one, and succeeded. Not totally but to a good extent, as the song took over from where the producer’s last release stopped by gracing the airwaves with another hit.
“Pilolo” is consistent with the ingredients of it’s predecessor (dance-ready instrumental, one word title, and simple repetitive hook +verses), the only major difference being the change in features.
With label boss Mr Eazi still on board, this time around Kwesi Arthur lends his vocals in a rap verse instead of Patapaa/Pappy Kojo, churning out another dancefloor ready afropop tune.
Wendy Shay – All For You
The RuffTown Records/Midas Touch Inc. act Wendy Shay has been on a roll ever since her debut. The record label appointed successor to Ebony Reigns is doing quite well for herself, as she keeps on delivering hit after hit.
Most significant of all her songs this year is this groovy and infectious afrobeats tune titled “All For You”, making for one of her biggest (if not her biggest) singles so far.
The song was dropped with a fun and colorful video to match, where the singer flaunts herself in all her black girl magic.
Sarkodie – Legend
Africa’s most awarded rapper Sarkodie dropped a brand new project this year, titled the “Alpha” EP.
Off the project he delivered the official video for this single titled “Legend”, featuring Joey B. Despite the song not being anything we haven’t heard before from the rapper – the usual “I’m the number one rapper” steeze, it shot straight up the charts as what is currently the biggest hip-hop song in Ghana at the moment.
The success of this song and quite frankly any other song the rapper drops tells you one thing – Sarkodie fans definitely go hard, that’s for sure. He calls them SarkNation for a reason.
Joey B x Sarkodie x Kwesi Arthur – La Familia
Joey B has always been an undeniable talent as far as the Ghana music scene is concerned. Almost a year since the rapper’s last single “Stables”, Joey spent that time between then and now delivering fire guest verse after guest verse.
Almost a year and about 15 guest verses later, he finally delivered a brand new cut of his own, titled “La Familia”, which became a wave-maker as soon as it dropped.
The banging trap joint full of quotables, has guest appearances by rappers Kwesi Arthur and Sarkodie, who also both deliver fire verse. Rap is indeed having a very good year in Ghana.
Kawoula Biov ft. Patapaa – Daavi Neba
Patapaa has made a wildly successful career out of what may seem to non-Ghanaians to be raps in a Ghanaian language, but is rather rapping in… absolute gibberish.
The “One Corner” hitmaker inspired another vocal obsession with his verse on this song titled “Daavi Neba” by Ghanaian rapper Kawoula Biov, which is where the social media trend “Sco pa tu mana” came from.
Simply appearing on this joint as a guest, the rapper turned what was simply a guest feature into a worldwide catchprase. The two of them better find a way to get their coins!
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