The year 2019 has been an extraordinary year for Ghanaian music. We saw hits from a significant number of our incredible artistes, leap forward tunes from the up and coming performers. I have aggregated a rundown of 30 (thirty) melodies that became famous online backing it with my reasons in its descriptions. On the off chance that My rundown doesn’t coordinate yours, you can share yours in the comments segment of this article.
Our leading song of the year was released on 4 July this year. Production by PaQ and Damaker. Shatta Wale went on a different level with this lovely afrobeat tune. It became a talk of town few hours after release , topped lot of the biggest foreign and Local music Charts. Melissa as at now has been viewed 190445 times on hitz360.com. Well, Shatta Wale knows how to serve the ladies.
However, the self-acclaimed King of African dance-hall music has been serving us with lot of good songs lately and he teams up with his regular collaborators: Da Maker and Paq to serve up this joint. It’s official video which was directed by PKMI has earned 2.5 million views on YouTube 4 months after release.
Watch and Have a listen below.
Released Under Lynx Entertainment, Kuami Eugene served us with OBIAATO. In the song, he thanked Almighty God for His gifts. He tells critics that his musical talent comes from God but if critics feel they own his talent, they can come for it. He also preached, forgiveness, togetherness and love. Kuami Eugene states that the God-given musical talent has granted him the opportunity to create songs for everybody to enjoy and sing along to. Produced by Jaysynths.
The REX directed video which was released on October 24, also has a bible reference. The video is set in a place where Kuami Eugene works on a plantation with other people.
The wife of the plantation owner saw Kuami and was attracted to him. She then ambushed him in his room for sex but Eugene rejected her and just like Potiphar’s wife cried to her husband, the wife of the plantation owner also cried to her husband that Eugene touched her. The video has earned 954,241 views after 1 month of premiere. The video is embedded below for your viewing pleasure.
The song has, however, created division among many music lovers. Some music lovers think the song should be counted as a gospel song while others believe it is only an inspirational song and not Gospel. Obiaato is already having 119074 views on hitz360.com
The most decorated African rapper Sarkodie took the Ghanaian music scene with his latest collaboration with award winning silky voice singer Efya. The song was included in Sarkodie’s new project Black Love but was released on September 26 with visuals.
Sarkodie expresses how he will take his lover like that despite her bad manners. He also pleads for forgiveness if he fails to treat her right. Efya also comes through with her soothing vocals to add more life to this piece.
The video was premiered same day on 26 September directed by Gene Adu and edited by Magdalene Morton. Sika Osei played a cameo role in this video. It’s has been viewed 1,849,213 times on Youtube and 98379 times on hitz360.com. Watch the video below.
In October 2019, month ago, the Things Fall Apart writer and singer, Kofi Kinaata (formally called Martin King Arthur) released his song that took to the music industry and caused a stir online and on the airwaves. Ghanaians on Twitter reacted to the song by tweeting their opinions of the song – some quoting their favourite lines of the song and many more hailing him for the message of the song.
His refrain which translates in English as “And so is this how we are worshipping God?” is the rhetorical question directed to the church in Ghana and the Christians in Ghana. The title is mentioned once in the song when he refers to the churches with schools that their members cannot afford. It is absurd and really goes to support his claim that things have indeed fallen apart there.
The introductory lines are profound and attest to Kinaata’s skills as a songwriter. Without saying much he makes use of metonymy and imagery and paints a picture of double standards of most church members in Ghana. As depicted in the poster for the song, a black man holds up the alcoholic bottle that is laced with the rosary. In Ghana, Fridays in the Christian circles are associated with all-night church services where the congregation is believed to be praying and warring against the devil who is blamed for all their problems.
The official Video features cameo appearances from Pamela Odame Watara, Dr. Pounds & Jacinta. Directed by Babs Direction, produced by Two Bars. It has 978,756 views 2 weeks after premiere and 15402 views on hitz360.com.
Watch the video below.
It’s been about a long time since Stonebwoy declared a joint effort with Beenie Man on Delay’s show, at long last this year he discharged the exceptionally foreseen collabo; which was his first official arrival of 2019.
Though many fans would have preferred a hardcore dancehall tune, Shuga is an afrobeats jam produced by Streetbeatz. Stonebwoy on his recent travel to Jamaica, shoot the visuals for the single.
The video was directed by BlingBlang and has 3,151,410 views on youtube and 16761 views on Hitz360.com
Jubilant songs inspired by botched love can be very catchy, but as “Nobody”, the collaboration from Kwesi Arthur and Mr Eazi shows, songs wallowing in the despair of heartbreak can be just as moving. Ghanaian, Ground Up Chale singer, Kwesi Arthur, on April 12 teamed up with Mr Eazi for his hit single which was featured on his ‘Live From Nkrumah 2’ project.
Over the laid back beat Mog Beatz produces, blending mid-tempo drum riffs, ambient synths, flute harmonies and percussion, Kwesi Arthur and Mr Eazi reminisce about the fun times they had with their ex. Though the love has gone sour, they both swear they will never be able to love anyone else and seem unprepared to move on; “If E Be Joke Girl Tell Me Say You Just Dey Play/ I Don’t Want To Live A Day Without You/ If E Be Sey I Do Somethings, I Just Go Change”. The beat mirrors their heart-wrenching vocal performance, infusing a bone-chilling flute harmony to match the breathless melody they sing with as though they are wailing.
The music video Yaw Skyface directs for “Nobody” shows Kwesi Arthur and Mr Eazi as they quarrel with their love interests at a fast food place. Though Kwesi Arthur seems to make up with his lover after an emotional performance in the rain, Mr Eazi has no such luck. Mr Eazi’s collaboration was the first premiered from the Live From Nkrumah 2 project which is also featured other African artists like Nasty C, Shatta Wale, Santi and Sarkodie.
The video has 2,146,161 views on youtube and 4988 views on hitz360.com
Watch the music video for “Nobody” below.
A few months ago Kofi Mole took the music scene by storm with his charming singing voice. He served music folks with a hip-hop banger he titled DON’T BE LATE. The song was produced by Kobby Jay.
In the tune, Kofi Mole essentially communicates how he has generously missed his darling. He in this way urgently requests the arrival of his sweetheart as he yearns for her company.
The official video premiered on March 15th, directed by Yaw Skyface gives audiovisual presentations of a lonely and desperate mood for intimacy. It has 1,192,445 views and 13439 views on hitz360.com.
Early this year, Mr. Eazi’s effort to empower upcoming artistes with his initiative “EMPAWA100” gave J.Derobie the chance to exhibit what he have for the world. Sponsored by Empawa Africa J.DEROBIE came out with a song he titled Poverty. The song caught the heart of the masses even before its release.
The song which was produced by Ghanaian Young talented record producer ‘UglyOnit’ came with a video which got premiered on January 11. It was directed by Salifu Abdul Hafiz and now has 1,403,072 views on youtube and 2823 views on Hitz360.com
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Imrana made his presence known popularly with his inspirational Afrobeat song titled “Imagine Say”. The song caught the heart of music folks after he shared short videos of him singing this emotional tune. Signed to DMB records , Based in sunyani. The song was produced by DareMameBeat who happens to be the manager for the young and talented boy.
The official video was premiered on May 11, Directed by Motion Master and it has earned 229,629 views on youtube , 60099 views on Hitz360.com.
Released under his former Record Label “OGB Music” Fameye made himself more known in the Ghanaian music scene with a song called NOTHING I GET.
The idea of the afrobeats/hiplife melody was straightforward; don’t begrudge anybody, because all that glitters is not gold. Fameye expands the concept of the popular phrase by throwing more light on his flashy lifestyle in the video for the song. Produced by B2 (Dope Nation) and video directed by Jeneray Jay, Fameye cautions people who put their trust and are easily swayed by material and flashy things as portrayed in the music video.
The video was released on April 3 and has 1,701,565 views on youtube, 17085 views on hitz360.com
Fameye remains one of the most featured Ghanaian musicians in 2019.
11. Medikal – Omo Ada
Produced by Unkle Beatz, Medikal fed his fans with OMO ADA which means ‘They are asleep’. This jam cannot be left out if talking about 2019 hit songs in Africa.
This is one of Medikal songs that demonstrates his prowess with old Ghanaian Azonto, the genre in which this specific song is in. The song is fast but maintains a perfect tempo. It is one of the songs that you can have on replay without getting fed up. It actually works as a perfect fast dance song for a romantic setup.
The audio is available to be streamed on Youtube and downloadable on hitz360.com.
12. Guilty Beatz – Pilolo Ft. Mr. Eazi x Kwesi Arthur
On Friday February 22nd, Ghanaian award winning record producer teamed with Nigerian singer Mr. Eazi and Ground Up rapper Kwesi Arthur to serve music lover a jam they call PILOLO.
The word “Pilolo” is relatable to many Ghanaians. It’s mainly a game of hide and seek which involves intelligence and fun.
Pilolo is a song which plays for 2:26 seconds with kwesi Arthur starting with a crazy intro. “aben dada , meka no hye k3k3, Mey3 wo Lover ah wo b3 s3 me K3t3?.“. After playing for 30 seconds Mr. Eazi came in with the chorus which bears the title of the song PILOLO. The music video for this jam got premiered on April 24, it has 1,034,112 views on youtube and 2276 views on hitz360.com.
13. Guru – Bad Energy Ft. Kweysi Swat
Not long ago, Ghanaian award winning rapper Guru who is the leader of NKZ music flooded the Ghanaian music scenes with his voie of the street compilation which he releases BAD ENERGY as a single from the compilation.
The song song featured Fast rising Nkz Music signed singer Kweysi Swat. The official video which was directed by Xpress Music was released on May 18th and has 50,715 views on youtube and 2794 views on hitz360.com.
Off from Sarkodie’s Black Love Album sarkodie released Lucky which features Nigerian award winning singer Rudeboy of Psquare Fame. The song was produced by MOG Beatz.
The video which came out on July 25th is having 3,526,187 views and 80623 views on hitz360.com
Directed by Clarence Peters, Capital Dreams Pictures.
A few months ago the Afrobeats badman Kelvyn Boy unlocked his eagerly awaited T.I.M.E EP. The EP featured most of the biggest Ghanaian musician and on one he linked up with singing and rapping sensation Joey B. He called the mega hit as MEA. Its a love song which was featured on the TIME EP. Produced by Samsney.
It has a music video which was directed by J wilz and it has been viewed 611,592 times on youtube and 36620 views on hitz360.com.
Quamina MP had a great year, serving his fans well with hits on hits. During the course of the year he came out with a sizzling record which he titles AMANFOUR GIRLS featuring AMG business rapper Medikal. Amanfour Girl is a very popular term here in Ghana after this song was released. Its a term which mean ‘People’s girlfriends’. It is a very great song which was released on February 27. Produced by himself.
Few months after the audio release he premiered the official music video which was directed by Lex McCarthy. It has 573,959 views on youtube now and 4371 views on hitz360.com.
MadTime entertainment’s very own Kwaw Kese made the word DONDO a national term this year. The song was produced by Tony Gyngz and features producer and rapper Skonti.
It was released on May 10th this year and has 1270 views on youtube.
Ghanaian Music duo DopeNation had a successful year, got signed to Lynx Entertainment which remains one of the biggest Ghanaina music record labels.
After their signing, came their first official single which is Zanku. It was released on April 30th with quality visuals.
The music video was directed by XBills and has 727,944 views on youtube, 10262 views on hitz360.com
The slay Queen hit-maker Sista Afia delivered to her SlayQueens a heavy jam which featured Medikal and quamina mp. The fas tempo tune was produced by Prolific Ghanaian producer WillisBeatz.
The video was directed by Xpress Philms. On youtube it’s having 571,921 views , 6953 views on hitz360.com
20. Fameye – Mati
Fameye expresses his concern on the released Sexting riddim. He titled his version as MATI. Which means ‘I’ve Heard’. He confidently tells haters and critics that he has seen and heard what they have been saying behind him. ‘Wo ka m’asem paa mati ni nyinaa / Ma sisi maso but mati ni nyinaa/ You say adey rush/ mati ni nyinaa/ Wo sii me ni hwee / mati ni nyinaa/ Wo ka/m’asem paa mati ni nyinaa/Ma sisi maso but mati ni nyinaa‘.
After the successful release of the audio, he shared the official music on Youtube (premiered on July 19). Directed by Jeneral Jay. It has earned 640,988 views and 16031 views on Hitz360.com.
The team up of Kawoula Boiv and Patapaa brought the shine of the young and rising musician Kawoula Boiv. In this song Patapaa exhibits his rapping talent with his line Scopatumana. Unfortunately the song was not featured on hitz360.com. You can access it on Bigxgh.net by clicking here
Lynx Entertainment signees, Kuami Eugene and Kidi are the finest new crop of artists on the block making so many waves in the industry and Kuami’s track ‘Ohemaa’ which featured KiDi has already going viral.
‘Ohemaa’ is a Highlife track from Kuame Eugene ft his record label mate Kidi but according to Kuami Eugene, he had no intention of putting KiDi on the song and has disclosed how his friend KiDi made his way on his new track “Ohemaa”.
The song was produced by M.O.G Beatz. The music video was directed by REX and it has 2,722,687 views on youtube and 25696 views on hitz360.com
23. Wendy Shay – Stevie Wonder Ft. Shatta Wale
The king met the Queen on May 3, Wendy Shay and Shatta Wale teamed up to spice up the playlists of music lovers with a smashing hit song called STEVIE WONDER. The song was produced by MOG Beatz.
On the same day the official video was released on youtube. The Yaw Skyface directed video has earned 2,700,707 views as at now and 4554 views on hitz360.com.
The young Ghanaian actress cum musician had a great year of hits on hits. From her Subsequent releases she links with Fameye to feed us with a song which is titled 3HW3 PAPA. The songs controversial nature of the song caught the ears of music lovers.
It has a music video with 1,221,073 views on youtube and 9577 views on hitz360.com.
The Ghanaian Dancehall Star is came with his hit track Shatta Wale – God Is Alive. The deep song is sincere praise to the Lord coming from the singer. The track is totally different from other works by the artist you have heard before. It was released right after the VGMA incident. Production by DaMaker.
The video of the lovely song was released on June 15th with 297,375 views on youtube and 5159 views on hitz360.com
In May, singer Lord Paper delivered what is now the biggest song of his career, save his controversial viral debut “Awurama.”
“Dzigbordi” is a trap ballad in which the dreadlocked singer delivers a conscious message, speaking out against tribalism and discrimination in cross-cultural relationships, which is a very common issue in Africa’s widely diverse societies.
This year, superstar duo R2Bees hit us with a full length album titled Site 15. They also dropped visuals for this smooth afrobeats cut from the project, that’s yet another display of the musical chemistry between the dreadlocked singer and the gruff-voiced rapper.
“Yesterday” is a new party playlist staple from the two industry titans, much to the pleasure of R2Bees fans worldwide.
Getting to the end of the year, we witnessed a new dancehall talent, He is called Larruso. The young man made his presence known with a sizzling record he calls KILLY KILLY.
The official video has earned 206,042 views in 3 months on YouTube. Directed by Abeiku Simonson and produced by JayNero.
29. E.L – Higher
The rapper, vocalist, and maker E.L’s first single for the year conveyed a nitwit tune, yet accomplished something progressively eminent: it finished his drought and returned him to the highest point of the outlines, a spot he once used to rule.
A fun, persuasive afropop tune suggestive of a gospel tune, “Higher” pushed Elom Adablah back in the ears and hearts of Ghanaian music fans by and by, ideally to remain there this time.
After a decent while of SarkNation’s ceaseless solicitations for new material from their ruler, tip top rapper Sarkodie at last discharged another venture. The Alpha EP highlighted six tunes of fresh out of the plastic new material, just as a video for “Legend,” however our champion pick from the undertaking is his after death joint effort with the late dancehall vocalist Ebony Reign. Sarkodie permits her vocals adequate space to sparkle, a lot to the wistfulness and delight of numerous Ghanaian music audience members.
“Odo,” the standout from Sarkodie’s Alpha EP, fills in as a fitting tribute and token of Ebony’s vocal forces, given significantly all the more feeling by Sarkodie’s endeavors at a two part harmony