i. Poison – Ebony ft. GatDoe
Dancehall diva Ebony follows up her widely received Kupe with yet another highlife joint titled Poison. Shot on location in Dubai, the song features rapper Gatdoe. An unmistakable highlight of this song is the expert fusion of dancehall, hiplife and rap influences. It was produced by B2.
ii. Medikal ft. Stonebowy – Gimme Vibe
Inspired on a recent Kampala vacation with his Girlfriend Deborah Vanessa (who also stars in the video), the song possesses instant recall, and further proves the creative depth and versatility of the rapper, who until recently, solely dispatched hiphop gems. A realistic contender for VGMA New Artist of the Year), Medikal enjoys massive presence on radio for such songs as Confirm, Go Bless You, Connect, By Heart Boy, and Too Risky. Gimme Vibe was produced by Uncle Beatz.
iii. Pain Killer – Sakodie ft Runtown
Sarkodie prepaes to release his fifth solo album The Highest in coming months, and though it is already highly anticipated, he wastes no time to moisten the ground more before unveiling the record proper. His latest offering Pain Killer features Nigeria’s Runtown of Mad Over You fame.
Produced by Tspize, Pain Killer is is banger, but not an instant one. It goes on you with a steady confidence. It also conveys to the ear the very sounds of love.
iv. Enkulenu – Stonebwoy
Though produced by emerging producer Awaga, Beatz Dakay (who is mentor to Awaga and also mix-mastered the song)’s influence shins all over the song — and a Stonebwoy/ Dakay collaboration is a certified hit everyday. Recent reports suggest a possible end to their creative marriage spanning close to a decade.
That notwithstanding, Enku Lenu is a masterpiece –unsurprisingly so too –for Stonebwoy is a master of masterpieces.
v. Double Trouble: Vision DJ ft. Sarkodie & King Promise
Double Trouble, like Grind, was produced by Kuvie. Vision DJ also has to his credit This Year (released in January last year, and featuring Nigerian singer Mr Eazi).
The fourth single off his forthcoming Blow Chicken album, it tells an all too familiar story of the dynamics of being caught in a love triangle.
vi. Hosanna -Shatta Wale ft. Burnaboy
While in Ghana during the Christmas, Nigerian act Burnaboy (born Damini Ogulu) was rumoured to be working on new music with Shatta Wale. Finally released days ago , Hosanna is produced by Shatta Wale, and celebrates the “Mother Ghana”, fans, as well as the individual strengths of both acts.
vii. Confession – Kofi Kinaata
Kofi Kinaata’s Confession currently the most popular song in the country. Since its release last December, its mettle has been proven, and is a sure contender for a number of awards at this year’s VGMAs.
Produced by KinDee, Kinaata masterfully tells a tale of someone overwhelmed by alcohol, inadvertently advising against drunk-driving.
viii. Tilapia – Mr Eazi ft Medikal
Mr Eazi’s Tilapia features AMG rapper Medikal, and was produced by Nigeria’s Del B, who also produced Runtown’s massive hit Mad Over You.
Of beautiful West African highlife, the song is a single off his Accra to Lagos mixtape which incorporates influences from both Ghana and Nigeria: two venues which have shaped him in equal measure.
ix. Dab on Dem – Tee Phlow
The song is Tee Phlow’s first single for 2017, and his first song since signing with Group Nduom’s Spyder Lee Entertainment. Steadily, Tee Phlow is becoming indispensable in Ghana’s hiphop conversation…if it hasn’t happened already, that is.
Dab on Dem adds up to the impressive stack which has placed him among hiphop royalty in the country.
x. Joel Orleans ft Squb b – Twerki Ma Me
An official Jack Daniels song, Radio Man Joel Orleans’ Twerki Ma Me has dominated Twitter trends for several months. Bawdy club music, it was produced by QwessBeatz, and accompanying visuals were handled by Joy Williams.