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Best 20 Ghana Albums (January-May, 2023)

For all musical artists worldwide, albums are arguably the most difficult, high-quality examination of their craft. Carefully chosen projects are significant not only because they allow creators to earn the right to brag and boost or crush peers’ industry-related egos or records already in place on various charting platforms but also because they can testify to their craftsmanship and affinity to their listening audience.

 

Ghana’s music industry has seen its fair share of releases over the previous ten years that showcased the arrogant prowess of its top names. The critically acclaimed seventh studio album by Samini, “Untamed,” won “Album of the Year” at the internationally competitive Reggaeville awards show in 2019, beating out important releases by Jamaica’s Stephen Marley, Protoje, Kabaka Pyramid, and Mr. Vegas. This follows Sarkodie’s “Highest,” which won “Album of the Year” at both the Award and the Ghana Entertainment Awards in 2017.

With not one, but five albums released during this time, MzVee has served as a reminder that female musicians possess the exact amount of talent and energy required to fight the machismo that permeates the music industry. La Même Gang demonstrated that no singer is better at singing about anything than they are about their preferred topics. Asem got into an absurd, one-sided “beef” with all the rappers in the business, especially Sarkodie, while Kwesi Arthur traveled from the streets of Tema to the BETs. The consensus on the top performers has been established for a decade.

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The top 20 albums from January to date that are worth revisiting may not fully capture the development of Ghanaian music. GH does an excellent job creating content for its listening audience; there’s so much music to consider. Still, this article aims to highlight a few of these projects that have continued to gain listeners’ attention, streams, and radio plays since their release.

  • ‘The Villain I Never Was’

Black Sherif

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Releasing a debut album marks a significant turning point in an artist’s career; it is a more comprehensive introduction to their craft and a compilation of their previous ideas, experiences, and opinions. Black Sherif connected with his street fans while simultaneously delivering radio tunes, owning the underdog tag as few of his predecessors have. “The Villain I Never Was,” a sonically novel piece by the Konongo trapper that exemplifies his challenges and successes, makes quite a statement. The Konongo trapper’s career took off following a comprehensive revamping of his technique. Some of his brightnesses, including Oh Paradise, Soja, Kwaku The Traveler, and 45, are included on the album, hailed as avant-garde, and purported to be a memorial to his late ex-girlfriend. In addition, it’s a record that seeks spiritual truths in the context of sobering earthly realities.

  • 5th Dimension

Stonebwoy

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With his newest star-studded, 17-track album, Ghanaian reggae and Afro-pop superstar Stonebwoy has stepped into the fifth Dimension. Stonebwoy has been gradually developing his blend of “afro-dancehall or African dancehall,” a combination of Afrobeats and dancehall peppered with hints of reggae, soca, R&B, and hiplife and, more lately, the log-drums of amapiano as on the breakthrough hit “Far Away.” With Oxlade and Tiwa Savage on “Therapy,” the Nigerian vanguard, UK rappers Stormzy and Dexta Daps, South African DJ Maphorisa, or significant personalities like Angelique Kidjo and Shaggy, Stonebwoy is bringing his “junction of influences” to the main stage.

  • Work Hard

King Ayisoba

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King Ayisoba, born Albert Apoosore, was the first to popularize traditional music in Ghana. He began working in the music business in the early 2000s. His strong voice and in-person performances with his preferred Kologo instrument caught the attention of most Ghanaians, especially those who reside in contemporary cities both inside and outside of Ghana. Ayisoba began production on his most recent album, “Work Hard,” in the Netherlands. Still, when he returned to Ghana as Covid became famous, he searched for methods to stay motivated and productive. Growing up in the countryside, he never had a primary education in school, but he has always believed in working hard. Therefore, he has never been idle. He would instead Work Hard on his songs and record even if he couldn’t go out and do any work.

  • Borga Revolution! 2

Various Artists

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Eight months after the 1st volume, Kalita Records sends a new salvo of burger-highlife, a musical genre from Ghanaian musicians who emigrated to Europe at the end of the 80s. Producing in Germany made new technologies accessible and affordable for these artists, who quickly took advantage of it and jumped into the digital era with both feet. Soon enough, from the beginning of the 80s until the middle of the 90s, a furious mixture of highlife melodies, synthesizers, and boogie took the Ghanaian airwaves by storm. Alongside these 11 tracks, we find three by Alan Cosmos from the 1985 album “Sunshine Music For Your Pleasure,” considered by its author as the first West African record entirely made with electronic instruments.

  • Raven

Kelela

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After being absent for five years, the American singer with Ghanaian roots is finally returned with a strong album, still propelled by a voice with light elegance, an alluring aura, and a timeless sound. The first song, “Washed Away,” which served as the project’s introduction, didn’t reveal much about the content of this new album titled “Raven.” However, Kelela did not let anyone down; that much is indeed a hybrid and the alternative masterwork that mirrors her otherworldly and seductive environment. With the assistance of illustrious producers like LSDXOXO, Bambii, Yo van Lenz, or Kaytranada (“On The Run”), Kelela presents a stunning collection of 15 tracks with rnb, drum N bass, jungle, ambient, and electro hues.

  • Jamz

Sarkodie

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The 10-track record finds the hip-hop superstar working with various top-notch, world-class talent. It combines contagious African-inspired hip-hop sounds with elements of tropical Afropop and colorful Amapiano, as well as Sarkodie’s unmatched flow. On the previously released track “Labadi” and it’s sunny visual, several of West Africa’s hottest musical talents, such as Black Sherif, Oxlade, Lojay, Joeboy, BNXN, and King Promise, are featured. Also featured is some contagious Caribbean flavor from the well-known Jamaican dancehall musician Kranium. In addition, this album should not be missed since it has top-notch production from the best producers on the continent, including Coublon, Guiltybeatz, Masterkraft, MOG, and TSB. Together, they have created a soundscape that is unmatched and showstopping.

  • My Diary

Gyakie

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Gyakie’s second EP, My Diary, is a glossier and tighter-knit upgrade from her debut. Although the six-song collection sounds like a straight continuation of theme material—most of her lyrics still deal with love and desire—the production is better, and her writing is noticeably more confident. In addition, these songs enable Gyakie to simplify her thinking, sometimes to an unsatisfactory degree, if Seed tried to include a wide range of sounds without settling on a clear identity. As a result, she occasionally experiences a creative standstill as her songs oscillate between yearning and dread.

  • 5-Star

King Promise

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King Promise went from being a rapidly growing musician to an Afrobeats superstar in the three years and pandemic between his debut album and sophomore record, and “5 Star” reflects this professional and personal development. King Promise displays his superstar status in his sophomore album, “5 Star,” by crafting ship-shaped music that unites Afrobeats under one international roof. The album “5 Star” was created for a worldwide Afrobeats audience that appreciates straightforward Afrobeats music with an African face yet dressed in Western garb. King Promise’s songs “Put Me On,” “Slow Down,” “Ginger,” and “Do Not Disturb,” which incorporate Pop-rap elements, satiate the desire of international Afrobeats consumers.

  • Son Of Jacob

Kwesi Arthur

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Kwesi Arthur draws inspiration from his ancestry to portray modern Ghanaian life, complete with its highs and lows, on his first album Son of Jacob. The musician-born Emmanuel has released almost 15 tracks. By Kwesi Danso, Arthur Junior uses his soothing voice to explore the intimate, family, and public. From the contemplative “Silver Spoon” to the ambitious “Paper” to the bass-driven “Winning” starring VIC MENSA, Arthur’s agility allows him to weave multi-lingual flows between trap basslines, Afrocentric percussion, and mellow pop melodies. The Tema native demonstrates musical skill by crafting upbeat lyrics with Nigerian singers Joeboy on “Baajo” and Teni on “Celebrate” before collaborating with UK band NSG on the Afroswing song “Diamonds Dancing,” fusing asokpor and amapiano on “Animal,” and incorporating highlife on the gospel-tinged closer “Adom.”

  • The Kadosh

Joe Mettle

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The Kadosh, Joe Mettle’s seventh album, shows his development and evolution within the Gospel music sector. When he performs the words, the confidence in Mettle’s voice is one of this album’s most outstanding features. More than ever, as he sings of God’s holiness, the audience is persuaded that God is holy. In addition, nearly all the songs have rhythm and rhythms that are so masterfully blended that it’s easy for a listener to get lost in the beat and forget the lyrics, a challenge that comes with most danceable tunes.

  • Original

Bisa Kdei

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The sixth studio album by Ghanaian Highlife sensation Bisa Kdei is the eagerly awaited “Original.” The 14-track album presents a fresh interpretation of Highlife music and a combination of Afrobeats in a brilliantly created piece. The album’s lineup of musicians includes well-known performers, including Stonebwoy, Sefa, Camidoh, Teni, and Memphis Depay. In addition, Memphis Depay added some ‘wicked’ vibes to the performance to further display his musical talent. Because they received a ton of radio play before the album’s release, the album’s tracks, such as “Love You” and “Kaakyire,” have already outperformed expectations.

  • Photo Album

Lyrical Joe

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The album’s 15 songs give a comprehensive picture of all he has gone through, including the awful, the terrible, the worst, the good, and the greatest. Legendary artists like Efya, EL, Medikal, Darkovibes, Sefa, and AQ are included in the album’s 15 tracks. Some of the tracks include “Two Eagles,” “Judas,” “ABCD,” “9 Bottles,” and “Self,” among others. Mix Master Garzy, ATown, 2Bars, Konfem, Sosawavegod, SoundIt, Phredxter, & JuiczXxx were among the best music producers to work on the project with other contributors from Ghana.

  • Old Compound

Kweku Smoke

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Kweku Smoke, the stage name of Paul Amankwah, respects the neighborhood that helped him grow. A brand-new, beautiful project called “Old Compound” was released by Kweku Smoke, a well-known rapper from Ghana. The brand-new rap album has six tracks and only uses Kuami Eugene for one feature. He exhibits his attitude and persistence in the music industry once more. Has exceptional production, mixing, and mastering skills. His vocals and delivery on this project are so powerful and precise.

  • This Is What I Mean

Stormzy

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The third studio album by British-Ghanaian rapper Stormzy, “This Is What I Mean,” was made available on November 25, 2022, via #Merky and 0207 Def Jam. It was preceded by the first song, “Hide & Seek,” and the follow-up track, “Firebabe,” from Stormzy’s 2019 album Heavy Is the Head. At the 2023 Brit Awards, it received an Album of the Year nomination. Stormzy “prayed every morning” while it was being made, and the album was created on Osea Island in England during a series of music camps with a group of “world-class musicians and the best producers, writers, and artists in the world” in a “free atmosphere.” Stormzy went on to call it an “intimate love letter to music.”

  • The.Rap.Y

Worlasi

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The.Rap.Y, his new EP and follow-up to 2020’s Dios is a striking and daring undertaking in its conception and presentation; a tour-de-force of perfect symmetry and creative balance made possible by precocious wizardry and social consciousness that orbits Afro-Cuban jazz, hip hop, and Afropop realms. The.Rap. Y’s author is at the intricate and paralyzing crossroads between critically lauded and undervalued, which is where he has always been. The EP acquired more resonance since Worlasi continuously improved his skills, sharpening his talent for an epic and accessible narration.

  • M.A.A.L.I

Shatta Wale

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After a lengthy wait for the GOG Album, Shatta Wale, who many believe can’t be predicted, shocked everyone by releasing a brand-new album titled #MAALI (Me Alone And Life Ironies). It’s a full dancehall album with production credit to Damaker Studios (Shatta Wale), with songs from all the dancehall genres. The Jamaican dancehall icon Vybz Kartel appeared on the album’s tune “Mansa Musa.” The 10-track album has full-packaged Dancehall and Reggae along with some motivational lyrics.

  • 10 Thirty

Mzvee

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Even though MzVee is already well-known for the harmony of her songs in both English and the native vocabulary, her influence on Ghanaian music has only recently started. The studio masterpiece “10 Thirty” album only has ten outstanding tracks highlighting MzVee’s literary worth and her undisputed Afro-beat singing skills. Harmonize, Kwesi Arthur, Bella Shmurda, Kofi Kinaata, Yemi Alade, Dj Henry X, Stonebwoy, and Tiwa Savage are a few of the musicians who were involved in the project.

  • Songs of Peter

Fameye

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Fameye’s current album, Songs of Peter, which taps into modern highlife in a sax-filled memory of realism, is a coming-of-age tale. The 28-year-old’s ascent to fame essentially unfolded in front of Ghanaian music fans, resulting in various opinions regarding his music. However, Peter finally emerged from his shell of what many have referred to as “sorrowful music” into his own, defying the narratives promoted by everyone but him and forging a new course on his journey to self-discovery amid his musical influences. A smooth group of thirteen songs is called Songs of Peter. The songwriting is incredibly flawless, a sign that Fameye learned on the job, and it’s all done over a beat that encourages reflection.

  • Been One

Kawabanga

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Kawabanga’s and Trig Triga’s producing talents are fully displayed on the “Been One” album. The duo has succeeded in developing a distinctive sound that sets them apart from other Asakaa singers with each song on the album. In addition, the album includes duets with some of the most well-known figures in Ghanaian music. The “Been One” CD proves Kawabanga’s skill and commitment to the Asakaa genre. Other popular songs on the album include “Insomnia,” “Banzo,” and “Wotw3 Wano.” Each song on the album is unique and has its tone and mood.

  • The Encounter

CT Praise

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The International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) Christ Temple East, Accra’s Urban Contemporary Praise and Worship Ministry, CT Praise, released its debut album, The Encounter, on April 9. Since then, the album’s tracks have been getting praise and exposure. Lala, Gathering, All Power Belongs to God, A Very Big God; You Are All I Need, Lord I Want To Know You, Medowo, Encounter, Something Happens When We Call Him, and I Have Come Back are just a few of the 16 tracks on the record.

  • Janesis

Efya

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As fans anticipate the release of her new project, Janesis remains one of Ghana’s biggest albums as Efya’s debut effort after T.I.N.T continues to receive massive airplay among GH listeners.

Seven years after the release of Janesis, Efya’s vocal range still sounds youthful and vigorous, ranging from gentle flirting to full-throated assertion. The album has up to 21 tracks, including Boy Bi Beh Gye and Jorley ft. Sarkodie and One of Your Feats. Bisa Kdei, are radio hits. Her most appealing quality is, without a doubt, her silky voice. Reliable sources, including the Big Dragon herself, have made hints about an innovative follow-up that is now being created. Fans will be anticipating another great one from the 36-year-old in comparison. They all need to be occasionally reminded of how beautiful Janesis has been from 2016 until now.

  • The Menace

Skyface SDW

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Skyface SDW is a trap musician from Ghana signed to Life Living Records and headquartered in Kumasi. 2020 saw the debut of Skyface, who released “M.O.B” with Reggie and O’Kenneth. remained steady, consolidating his position as the leading name in the Asakaa collective with songs like “Bend Down,” “Bad Boys,” and “taking shot.” After the successful release of his EP “The Menace,” which featured his hit song “Beyi Me” with label mates O’Kenneth, Kwaku DMC, Jay Bahd, City Boy, and Reggie, he had an even better year in 2022. He is set to soar to greater heights in 2023 and is the first Ghanaian to be selected by Apple Music UP Next.

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