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A KiDi Reign, Kuami “feature” dominance, Gyakie Queendom and a Blacko Entry

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Ghanaian Music is alive, and so are we. Over the last two years, as Covid-19 kept us largely at home, entertainment gave us some respite, but sweet holy sound—music—gave us somewhere to go. It transported us, mentally, into the pits or peaks of our emotions; to imagined escapes and unimagined adventures.

Some Artistes churned out some of their best work yet in 2021. There has been plenty fare ready for the dance floor, be the rave at home or at work, from chartbusters like Kuami Eugene through to singers like Abiana to Dj’s like Nektunez and some amazing new entrants into mainstream Ghanaian Music.

In 2021, Ghanaian music charted a new course, broke into world charts, filled event venues, and created household names. Last year saw KiDi follow up the success of “Say Cheese” with an amazing international breaking release – Touch it. Amaarae set and broke all sorts of records last year, “Chic” has simply been on fire. Yaw Tog caused a stir with his collaboration with Kwesi Arthur and UK International – Stormzy and toped it up with a BET Amplified feature as did Amaarae.

The year 2021 was an eventful one of releases, milestones, and recognition of Ghanaian music. As established talents like Sarkodie and Stonebwoy kept the pace with releases, new names like Black Sherif & Gyakie did enough to stake their claim with critically-acclaimed projects that shot them right atop the echelon.

Below is a list of the top 10 songs released in 2021 which had the most airplay. Do note that there are songs which might have done better than those which made it into the year’s chart but were released the year before.

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10. Praise – Fameye

Praise is easily one of the best records of 2021 and perhaps the best Fameye has delivered in his entire career. The song is simply a masterpiece, so well composed and arranged. If any tune could bring the dead back to life it would be the wonderful coral harmonies and melodies of this song doing the trick.

It is a song you cannot stop listening to, it’s a Praise of Fameye’s career, it is as though the rapper/singer sort to showcase his writing skill and exhibit all the music in him.

Praise shares the story of his life and could but for a few words pass for Gospel song of the year.

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9. Biibi Besi – Kwame Yogot ft. Kuami Eugene

Biibi Besi is an absolute euphoric jam. Listening to the song, it seems almost criminal that Kuami Eugene and Kwame Yogot had never collaborated before. The ease with which two of today’s most revered songwriters share this track is astonishing—their voices the perfect complement in tone, timbre, power, and style.

The beautiful reggae tone track blends an afro and dance vibe which is off the hook. Yogot delivers his comic rap in a flawless manner. I’m convinced that they’re just trying to tie our brains into knots. There are tempo changes and random style left turns.

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8. Echoke – S3fa ft. Mr. Drew

The Queen of Black Avenue Muzik, S3fa, served a hot dance dish with Mr. Drew on the ones and twos. This song was the party in itself as it became the heart of the dancefloor. Easily S3fa’s biggest hit and arguably the most successful song of her label, the song took her places and saw the singer dominate charts for weeks.

The song had an attention grabbing video and a beautiful dance to it. This song put S3fa on the music map and has had her chocked with shows.

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7. Dollar on you – Kuami Eugene

Kuami Eugene reclaims his place as a bona fide hit maker with “Dollar On You”. His first release of 2021 was on steroids. He sings about treating his lover to nothing but money. In an Interview, the ‘Rockstar’ said “Dollar on you talks about the Significance of Sharing”.

The song quickly became a regular feature on radio, street corners, pubs and parties. Kuami’s showing after his “Son of Africa” album was strong and impressive. The song has a captivating afro dance vibe and was accompanied by an amazing star studded video.

It would certainly be safe to put your dollar on this outright banger.

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6. Yeeko – Okyeame Kwame ft. Kuami Eugene

In the hay days of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah there was a popular phrase used to describe him; “Nkrumah Never Dies” – This best describes Okyeame Kwame’s spell in the Ghanaian Music Industry. Most rappers ascend and over a decade and half lose their hold significantly. Kwame has been the exception to this rule. For over two decades, Okyeame Kwame has been relevant and churns out a huge hit every 3 years or so. 2021 was no different as he teamed with Lynx Entertainment’s Kuami Eugene to produce an outright street anthem

Anytime one has felt that the hot air balloon of confidence that accompany Kwame’s timely records seem to be deflating, the eccentric rapper pulls his magic wand and boom – a hit.

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5. 1st Sermon – Black Sherif

Black Sherif has released 1st Sermon to the elation of an eager audience. The 3-minute drill project formed part of his “Road To The Tape” series. Several top entertainment personalities drooled over the progress of this fast-rising act. The release satisfied the thirst of music lovers as they waited impatiently for its release after leaked footages were extensively shared and greatly admired.

The song amplifies daily hustle, the need for loyalty and survival in the music business. Sherif got his congregates so drunk on his sermon that he became a house hold name overnight.

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4. Sore Remix – Yaw Tog ft. Stormzy & Kwesi Arthur

Yaw Tog hit a huge milestone with the remix of his chart-topping single ‘Sore’ featuring South London-based rapper Stormzy and Kwesi Arthur. With over 3.4 million streams on music streaming service Spotify by July, the song was the second behind Sarkodie’s biggest commercial hit song – Adonai which featured Castro with 17 million streams. This was the story until KiDi “Touched it”.

The music video for the song which was shot in Kumasi and directed by KooPoku Studios has over 5 million views on Youtube.

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3. 2nd Sermon – Black Sherif

Black Sherif’s introductory hit ‘First Sermon’ was only a sequel to the singular 2021 hit before, on and after arrival song – Second Sermon. The song depicts a raw and fearless street spiel, that blasted him to the status of a viral sensation.

The song was produced by Stallion and is ferried in aching desire and rebellious glamour. This proper hustlers anthem got the streets crazy and turned “Angels” to Blog Breakdown analysts.

The self-styled leader of Sad Boys Country – Kweku Frimpong has a delicate responsibility; thus far, he has kept to his promise of delivering nothing but trouble. The song has attracted the attention of several local and international artistes culminating in a remix with “the African Giant” – Burna Boy

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2. Forever Remix – Gyakie ft. Omah Lay

This is perhaps the most criticized remix in 2021. “Forever” was doing great and I dare say loved by foes of the young talent. To many a pundit, it was unnecessary and thus energies and resources should have been directed towards another project.

However, months down the lane “Team Gyakie” has been proven right with the tune blowing the tightly shut and closely guarded Nigerian Music market wide open. It is one of the most Streamed foreign songs on the Nigerian Market. The video did awesome for the young talent and the original video is about 10million views shy of the remix which has some 23million views.

By September, the song had been Streamed some 5million times on Spotify alone. By end of year, she had become the most Streamed Ghanaian Female Artiste on Spotify.  The song has “forever” opened doors for the talent.

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1. Touch it – KiDi

This song was simply untouchable. It became the most Streamed Ghanaian song ever on Spotify and set all sorts of records after only a few months of release.

It is easily the most decorated song of the year. At the VGMA’s when KiDi said he would be back, little did we know that comeback was of a song and the height it would conquer. Touch it is back and in style. Here are a few records the song blessed the industry with…

21 million + streams on audio platforms

16.9 million+ views on YouTube

125+ million views on Tiktok

It’s #11 on Billboard World Digital Sales

It’s #7 on UK Afrobeat Chart

It’s #61 Global Shazam Chart

Trending in over 28 countries on Shazam

Charting in over 51 countries on Spotify

Charting in over 49 countries on Apple Music

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Nashberry Beats Maccasio To Become The Savanna’s Most Streamed Artiste

…Nashberry’s relevance as one of the most-streamed artistes from the savanna of Ghana, especially on Spotify.

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Nashberry readies a new banger titled “shame on you” featuring Best Gally. However, the affable act is already in the news for very good reasons. Reasons that demand another look at the success of musicians in this era of digital domination. The world of tech is now dotted with digital music sale platforms. And by the day, the need for a deliberate attempt to make sales via these platforms is resounding in all marketing ploys for musicians. The era where stage performances bring the bulk of revenue is gradually creeping to an end. Digital streams are far more enduring, and a guarantee for a lifetime source of revenue for all musicians.

The entire savanna belt of Ghana has arguably 3 big musicians, Fancy Gadam, Wiyaala, and Maccasio. These three have proven strong due to the impressive following they have. However, a cursory look brings up names like Fadlan, WizChild, Don Sigli, Mani Mandela, Teflon Flex, Soorebia, Rockcity, Honcho Negga, and many others. These are very amazing artistes. But the question is, how much does their impressiveness bring when it comes to streams on platforms like Spotify?

A few days ago, OneMuzikgh carried a story on Nashberry’s relevance as one of the most-streamed artistes from the savanna of Ghana, especially on Spotify. Whilst it may not be news to many, an artiste from the Upper West Region scoring such huge streaming numbers is definitely worth celebrating. Nashberry comes in 3rd with over 145,000 streams. Fancy Gadam who is obviously a bigger artiste also has some over 300,000 streams, making him 2nd. Interestingly about half of his streaming numbers are coming from a collaboration with Sarkodie. Wiyaala sits at number one with around 400,000 streams. These statistics suggest Nashberry is a major force to reckon with. No matter how his stature isn’t viewed as a Fancy Gadam or Maccasio, his drive definitely transcends a visit to the studio.

At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, Asonya Gh, a blogger who doubles as a digital music expert called on musicians to create a thriving digital presence. This for him was a way to make revenue at a time the world was on lockdown. Now, going outside the scope of a pandemic, success on the back of multiple streams of income is easier. So, given the opportunities available online, the call is prudent.

Having identified what can be a panacea for the poverty-stricken music industry of the savanna regions, the know-how is also a challenge. Asonya Gh has therefore availed himself to assist all interested musicians to create this digital presence. Nashberry is actually one of the first musicians he signed on. He has indeed taken Nash’s relevance from zero to over 145k streams. You can reach Asonya Gh on Facebook for any dealings.

Considering the dynamism that governs the business of music of now, artistes must make major incursions to own a market share. In the process, expanding on the financially rewarding aspects of the industry. Suffice to say, the opportunities that come with technology today are one every artiste must take seriously.  

Nashberry is a budding musician from the Upper West Region.

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Gospel Songstress Wegeiwor teases with First Love, ahead of EP

Christendom is at a point where the message of repentance and salvation appears to dwindle. Many latch on to the message of prosperity, and prophecies that seem to beef up their desires. Unfortunately, the riches that come with accepting Christ Jesus as Lord and savior demand for the faithful to be repentant, pious, and ever-willing to pursue Godliness.

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2021 is almost done; and Gospel singer Wegeiwor calls for a revival in her new single, First Love. Christendom is at a point where the message of repentance and salvation appears to dwindle. Many latch on to the message of prosperity, and prophecies that seem to beef up their desires. Unfortunately, the riches that come with accepting Christ Jesus as Lord and savior demand for the faithful to be repentant, pious, and ever-willing to pursue Godliness.

In this new song, First Love; Wegeiwor reiterates the challenges of the time, reminding all of who is true. The simple message of repentance, and avoiding a reliance on false messages is the driving force behind this impressive reggae tune.

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For believers, First Love is the song that gets you asking yourself a pertinent question. “I’m I ready for the second coming of Christ?”. Call it a test-my-place in Christ song, and you won’t be faulted.

With production from another gospel great, Koda at Koded Studios, one can understand how the song hits the soul. First Love is the first single off a yet-to-be-released EP.

Stream and Download First Love via the Link below.

Wegeiwor is an affable personality who has resigned her every interaction to an opportunity to preach. Despite her busy schedule as a senior lecturer at the University of Ghana Business school, she makes it a point to preach the gospel in unconventional ways. Through her Foundation, Ex-Glo, she has supported students in deprived communities with items ranging from Furniture, Books to Sanitary Pads. A major feature in all of this remains her call for people to rely on the Holy Spirit (freely given to Christians by Jesus Christ). To further reach the world, she has capitalized on her vocal strength to reach many through music. For her, the world is not just the beautiful cities but includes communities seen as unbelieving. Thus, she performs her music in languages that can easily be mistaken as heathen, especially when one considers mainstream gospel music in Ghana.

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The wait is over, The Experiences EP By Honcho Neggar sets a new standard

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The most anticipated musical work of art from Navrongo is finally here as scheduled. Honcho Neggar promised to drop an impressive musical memoir a day after his birthday, and true to his words, he has. The Experiences EP by Honcho Neggar is now on all major streaming and music service platforms. With the options of either streaming or buying, fans can wholly own or always return for a nice dose of LIFE in the eyes of Honcho Neggar.

The Experiences EP is the journey of a man born in Navrongo. A man whose journey transcends travel time, endeavors, the pursuit of education, the struggles of being a Ghanaian, and the desire to belong. This has informed his view of the world, which probably may be alien to me and you. It is the true-life story of one of Navrongo’s finest rappers, Honcho Neggar.

For nearly two years, the talk of chronicling his life in an album has dominated his social media timeline. Despite jumping on several songs with other artistes, Honcho Neggar apparently kept the focus on what is arguably his biggest project yet. Released with the Apprise Music Distribution label, The Experiences EP is setting a standard.

Whilst releasing music on commercial platforms does not necessarily mean a major feat. The Savanna Regions of Ghana is yet to fully appreciate the business of music. Whereas many release their music on platforms for free, they still assume music sales who shoot up. It is therefore commendable that, from the onset, Honcho Neggar has chosen to see this as a business.

Whilst I am yet to take a listen to the full EP, I believe songs like Bloodsuckas are an indication of the heart put into this body of work. I’ll be doing a review of the album in the coming weeks.

Stream it, buy it, and leave comments.

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