Ghanaian music has come a long way from highlife to the introduction of hiplife, Azonto songs, Afro mix, Reggae and now Dancehall all over in the country. There are lots of styles of traditional and modern-day Ghanaian music, the best known contemporary genre originating in Ghana is the Highlife music. Highlife has been the preferred music genre for many years even up till today until the introduction of Hiplife and others into the music scene.
But any point in the country’s history, there is a single musician who stands out as the greatest and most sort-after. The rest of the article takes a look at some of these musicians.
Charles Kojo Fosu is a multiple award-winning Ghanaian musician with a career spanning three decades. Lumba was born on the 29th of September 1964 in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. He won the Artist of the Year, Best Album of the Year, Most Popular Song of the Year in the 2000 Ghana Music Awards and also Contemporary Highlife Artist, Contemporary Highlife Song, Contemporary Highlife Album in 2003 Ghana Music Awards.
In the late 1990s, Daddy Lumba was the most-sort after musician. He played all the gigs and got all the riches every musician could imagine.
Michael Elliot Kwabena Okyere Darko is popularly known as Obrafour, other names include Rap Executioner or Sofo. Obrafour has a different style of rapping in Twi and storytelling. The rapper came in with the Pae Mu Ka in 1999. He won the best hiplife song in the 2000 Ghana Music Awards and also rapper of the year together with the New artiste of the year.
Obrafour had a massive breakthrough with his Pae Mu Ka album and topped all musicians at that time. For about two to three years after the release of the album, Obrafour was the preferred rapper of event organisers. It’s on record that his album remains the best that Ghana Music industry has witnessed. All the songs on the album, including the intro and outro, are all hit songs.
Praye is a hiplife trio made up of Eugene Baah (Praye ho ne ho), Steven Fiawoo (Praye tiatia) and Nana Kwame (Praye tenten). The group was formed during the maiden edition of the Nescafe African Revelations. They started doing music commercially after they won the National Championship and the African Revelation Championship as representative of Ghana.
Their debut album, Mfitiatse, with the hit track ‘Shordy’ topped the Music Charts in Ghana for several weeks. In the 2006 Ghana Music Awards Festival, they were adjudged the New Artiste of the Year. Their song “Shordy” also won the New Hiplife song of the year.
If you look at Praye today, you may think they’ve never existed. At their prime, other musicians barely had the space to shine. Their songs dominated radio and TV play, events and commercials. They played shows in several countries. From around 2005 to 2009, Praye was on top of their game until their split.
Akyeame was made up of Okyeame (Quame Nsiah Appau) and Okyeame Quofie (Daniel Quophi Amoateng). They are famous for their hit, Mesan aba, which was their first hiplife song to win a major Ghana Music Award. Akyeame ruled Ghana at their prime and had the whole of Kumasi in their disposal. There was never single event in Kumasi in the late 1990s that Akyeame weren’t performing.
Sarkodie often raps in his native language that is Twi. The rapper has five albums. His first album was the Makye released in 2009 and the last album is the Black Love, also released in 2019. He has a collaborative album with Jayso released in 2013 dubbed T.M.G. The rapper is the current BET Best International Flow Act in 2019. If any musician has ruled the 2000s the most, then it’s Sarkodie. He has been very consistent since he registered his name in the music industry. He is the only person to have won New Artiste of the Year and Artiste of the Year awards at the same time.
Shatta Wale was formerly called Bandana. He is a Ghanaian singer, songwriter and Chief Executive Officer of Shatta Movements. The Then-Bandana left the music scenes for years and resurfaced as Shatta Wale. He gained prominence immediately and released hits after hits. He won Artiste of the Year at the 2015 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards for his best known single “Dancehall King”. Since 2013, Shatta Wale has been playing all the shows, making all the monies from various contracts. He and Sarkodie are the two musicians that have ruled Ghana for long.
Samini was formerly known as Batman. Batman and Tinny will into the history books of Ghana as the most-featured musicians. He is known for his hit ‘Linda’. He was the adjudged as the best act in the 2006 MOBO awards. He was also awarded the most gifted Reggae Dancehall Video Artist in the Channel O Music Video awards in 2011. Even before Samini released a song on his own, he was featured on almost all hit songs with his unique signature “boom boom boom”.
Others include Kojo Antwi, Kwabena Kwabena, KK Fosu, Tinny and VIP. Like Batman Samini, Tinny featured on many songs before releasing a single of his own. No one dreamt that Kwabena Kwabena and KK Fosu’s name could vanish one day. They were on top of their game during their prime. Every musician wanted to feature them.
Which other musician missed out aside Lord Kenya? lol . Leave the name in the comment box below.
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