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#ENEWSGHPicks: Ebony’s REIGN, Shatta WALE & the Lynx Effect – Top acts of 2017



2017’s class of most influential music acts –an interesting mesh of seasoned and burgeoning stars –may be narrowed down to strictly 8 names. Sultry chanteuse Ebony Reigns is the one realistic female contender for the title of Topmost Act for the Year.

Like previous years, Shatta Wale remains an obvious brand in that batch, unleashing a profusion of jams that further prove what a phenomenon he has been.

In a year of comebacks and a “One Corner” madness, who else makes the cut? Here’s our list:



RuffTown singer Ebony Reigns has owned 2017 like nobody else. With 5 nationwide hits, an impressive debut CD, and an overwhelming attractiveness to the tabloids, young Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng has remained a focus in the male-dominated industry.

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She belongs to a new crop of performers revolutionizing the terrain currently, and has performed on nearly every big stage in the year under review. She is widely-tipped to unseat Joe Mettle as VGMA Artist of the Year in coming months. With Bullet (Ricky Nana Agyeman) in her corner, it is accurate to assume that the hits will keep flowing. While Ruff & Smooth was active, they were a certified hit machine. Bullet constitutes one half of the Afropop band. A proven repository of catchy songwriting, he complements Ebony’s vocal competence greatly, and together, they most certainly will steer 2018 too.



This year, Sarkodie add the accolade “Highest” to his titles. This is as a result of an audacious choice of title for his fifth studio album –that and an overall image built via several years of exemplary consistency.

The rapper may not have churned out as many dance anthems as are required to keep one’s name prominent in our music settings, but he is the “Highest”…he has contributed his quota, and is now advantaged to be at a spot where he dictates the scene and not the other way round.

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Shatta Wale

Charles Nii Armah Mensah! Leader of the defiant ones, Shatta Wale has been at the pinnacle of Ghana music for the past five years, at least. Perennial controversy, and an abundance of hit songs have kept him   miles ahead of his peers.

We are still counting his offerings for 2017 alone (over 100 at this point), and though today is December 31, he might just drop five more songs for good measure, never mind that Taking Over, Umbrella, Forgetti, Low Tempo, Freedom, Ayoo, Dem Confuse, Bumper, and Hosanna have more than done the business for him. The recruitment of Willis Beatz to his backroom has proven a tremendous addition to the SM4LYF imprint, bringing a fresh versatility to the sounds from the staples. Like Shatta Wale, Willis also reigns in the year as producer, brewing a number of SM hits as well as offerings from Ebony, MzVee, and Kofi Kinaata.



With a single highlife masterpiece, singers Frank Osei (Wutah Afriyie) and Daniel Morris (Wutah Kobby) staged one of the biggest comebacks in Ghanaian music, quickly reclaiming their place within the top tier.

Bronya, that KinDee-produced joint, is homage to the genre’s earliest forms and met with a peculiar homesickness within the Ghanaian spirit.

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Now signed to NKZ Music, the group (not unfamiliar to acclaim brought about by Bronya) has published other notable joints as AK47 and Don’t Worry (ft. Stonebwoy).


Fancy Gadam

Dagomba music titan Fancy Gadam is truly a man of the people. Following his historic VGMA Best New Artist win earlier this year, he has gone on to entrench himself in Ghana’s mainstream, filling arenas  at will, and serving the widely-loved Afropop tune Total Cheat.

Born Ahmed Mujahid Bello, he published Muhahid, his fourth album this year, and wraps up a great 2017 with Customer, a new Afrobeats single featuring Nigerian dancehall star Patoranking.


Kuami Eugene

Lynx Entertainment act and MTN Hitmaker alumnus Kuami Eugene has had the year of his life without question. A talented singer -songwriter and producer, he has worked with sought-after names including Shatta Wale, and label mate KiDi. He has also received praise from greats as Sarkodie.

Angela, a beautiful love song on which his 2017 rides, is ubiquitous.  It has made him one the busiest acts of the year.



Further proof of Lynx Entertainment’s immense 2017, KiDi has chalked great success in the year under review. Also an MTN Hitmaker alumnus, he has shown brighter this year than any other time in his blooming music career –now officially becoming a love symbol.

Joined by label mates MzVee and Kuami Eugene, he performed to several thousands at the Achimota Mall days ago, in a befitting end-of-year concert hosted by the label. Dubbed the Wave concert, it aptly describes influence of their sound on the new wave of Afrobeats.



BET honouree and certified showstopper, Stonebwoy (Livingstone Satekla) released multiple hit songs and a new album this year. His panache to make craft infectious melody has never been in question. For years, he has proven a core source of nationwide anthems.

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This year sees the artist pursue a more international agenda than he has ever done. Epistles of Mama, his fourth studio project after Grade 1, Necessary Evil, and Livingstone features universal names in reggae/dancehall as Sean Paul, Chronixx, Sarkodie, Pressure, I Octane, Efya, Vanessa Bling, and Kabaka Pyramid. At the same time, he has maintained a firm grip on his local fanbase, headlining two major concerts, and mount nearly all high-profile shows staged in the year under review.



Stonebwoy & Cassper Nyovest eulogise African Girls on “Wame” – LISTEN!



After much anticipation, Wame, the recent joint that Ghana’s Stonebwoy, and S.A -born rapper Cassper Nyovest reunited on, has been published.

A catchy mid-tempo jam, the song sees the African giants blend masterfully, their respective influences: Afro- dancehall and hiphop. A constant theme in pop from these parts, the song is themed around love and the African woman’s contours.

While in Ghana weeks ago, Cassper named the Ghanaian dancehall icon as his favourite performer in the genre. It was therefore unsurprising that the two met up to record new music. This is their second time the musicians are collaborating on music –the first being Fever (2015).

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BURN ONE! Rocky Dawuni premieres new song on Los Angeles’ KCRW 89.9 FM 



Ghanaian Reggae star and activist Rocky Dawuni’s new global herb anthem “Burn One” premieres on Los Angeles tastemaker radio station KCRW 89.9 FM today, April 20 for its 4:20 celebration of California’s legalization marijuana.

Dawuni’s single celebrates the rise in awareness and popularity of the use of marijuana for medical, economic, spiritual and recreational purposes. Dawuni believes that legalization has global economic transformation potential for developing countries especially in Africa. The song is an advance single from Dawuni”s highly anticipated 7th Album “Beats of Zion” which is the follow up to his GRAMMY nominated “Branches of the Same Tree” and will be available for sale on all digital platforms.

KCRW Presents Rocky Dawuni live at Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 26, 2018 with special guests Afrolicious and DJ Glenn Red (Afro Funke’/La Junta).



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A Queen’s homage on Ghana Music’s Biggest Night – Ebony’s VGMA + A Fancy-full One Corner Surprise



In the packed hall, and the foyer outside, the speaker, whom we cannot see, but in whose voice we have constantly found jollity and a solid bond, summons great hush with her monologue on the subjects of life and destiny. On another day, it would be driven on peppy dance rhythm. On this night, those rhythms have been replaced by a rather solemn violin descant. Who could miss that charming cheeriness in her giggle; the same good humour by which we’ve long been enamored? Hands move towards purses, bags, breast pockets — where tissues and hankies have been neatly tucked, just in case… just in case…

And then, in the saintly clouds on which all eyes are fixed, where white doves soar peacefully, a beaming image of the late singer, whom this night is truly about, appears. She’s alive again! Ebony Reigns!

The tribute performance which follows, is poignant and fitting. And who else to execute such an extraordinary task, and on this night, than the all-star quartet comprising MzVee, Akosua Agyepong, Adina, and Efya? Between them, the singers embody the very attributes that Ebony Reigns (Prisicilla Opoku Kwarteng) demonstrated during her time here: grace, courage, soul, and love – elements that culminate into generational impact.

As a performer, Ebony  epitomized energy and delight. Whenever she mounted any stage, she was sure to bring the fire. Usually, an artist with a catalogue as hers, would have simply rode on the popularity of her songs. But not this Rufftown chanteuse. She exhibited superior mastery over the live performance, and always found a way to own the crowd. The four ladies rendering her songs tonight, excel at reenacting that.

Through four of her most notable songs (Date Your Fada, Hustle, Sponsor, and Maame Hwɛ), the beholding crowd, gathered at the Accra International Conference Centre this momentous Saturday night, and the multitudes watching around the continent, are taken through an intense journey of emotions. Dismantled and rearranged expertly, these renditions invoke grief, joy, and awe equally. During MzVee’s submission of “Date Your Fada”, Ebony’s family and team are still, grappling inwardly with the harsh sadness that the song strikes within their bosoms. For Ebony’s mum, it would quickly prove a fruitless venture as, moments into the performance, she simply wipes her eyes of tears, shaking her head in despair. Nobody prepares to confront the passing of her beloved daughter. Nobody teaches that.

Akosua Agyepong, the vivacious Highlife legend, inspires a more upbeat mood with her submission of “Hustle”. When she set out professionally in the 1990s, the singer had had to work twice as hard to prove herself as one to be taken seriously, never mind that she had been handpicked by an industry luminary, Nana Kwame Ampadu. By not allowing herself to be held back by the peculiar obstacles facing a woman pursuing music, she swiftly became an undisputed beacon, one whom Ebony unquestionably drew inspiration from. Tonight, 48 and with nearly 30 years of musical experience under her belt, the “Frema” hit maker, unscathed by age, is present to honour her musical daughter in the most apt way, discharging dance steps as though she is 20.

Adina delivers “Sponsor”, with honorable class and flair, and even draws a smile from the eyes of Ebony’s mum.

“Maame Hwɛ’, the last, and most absorbing in this medley, is rendered by Efya, Ghana’s leading female vocal technician since the mid 2000s. Before she starts, Ebony speaks again. This time, there’s a fear in her tone. She’s relating a prophecy about her death in a road accident. The emotion is a bit too much to take, and it is at this point that goose bumps are most chilling, and mourning sighs reverberate strongest.

The reason tonight is Ebony’s night, is partly down to the fights the quartet has put up over decades to make it possible for the Ghanaian female act to shine just as brightly as her male counterparts. And even as she ascended from being merely a fan to become their colleague, Ebony thrived on the knowledge that she had sisters and mothers as those onstage tonight, who have made her journey fruitful.

Ghana lost quite a number of renowned names in the past year or so: journalist Christopher Opoku, film veteran Kofi Buknor, Asempa FM’s Kwadwo Asare Baffour Acheampong (KABA), highife doyens Awurama Badu, Paapa Yankson and CK Mann, but Ebony’s death hit us hardest — so much so, it eclipsed every other person’s demise.

On the night, the 19th edition of the scheme, Ebony is crowned “Artist of the Year” — the first ever woman to do it,  the first to do it from the grave, as well as the youngest. She also bags three other awards, reiterating her dominance on the night, as well as her impact in the year under review.

Ebony becomes the first female act to win the coveted Artist of the Year award. The laurel was received on her behalf by members of her family and her management. Credit: TWINSDNTBEG

Eulogising the singer in a video preceding Ebony’s tribute performance, ace rapper, Sarkodie was grateful that she shared her gifts with the world at all, however little:

“…she could have gone without giving us anything, but she actually did give us something to hold on to”.

Fondly called the “90s Bad Gyal”, Ebony’s time here was awfully short. She died days to her 21st birthday, but her influence was astounding; multiple hits since she was 18, numerous memorable performances which can be revisited via a quick search on YouTube, and the outstanding BONYFIED album, which is also named “Album of the Year” at the event.

“Thank you for giving us this incredible time,” said Sarkodie, concluding his farewell video. He speaks for himself, but also aptly captures the exact sentiment of all who witnessed her talent.



Put together by Charterhouse Productions, the 2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, which was compered by broadcaster Berla Mundi and actor Jon Dumelo,  also witnessed performances from top names as Joe Mettle, Sarkodie, King Promise, Kwesi Arthur, MzVee, KiDi, Kuami Eugene, Nigeria’s Tiwa Savage, and South African hiphop act, Nasty C.

Like Ebony, Sarkodie picked 4 awards, but in lesser categories. Stonebwoy was named Best Dancehall act for the fourth year straight, and Northern star, Fancy Gadam caused the night’s biggest upset winning Most Popular Song of the Year over Patapaa’s “One Corner”. 

Shatta Wale’s return to the scheme after four years made little difference as the “Taking Over” man, together with his “Militants” won a single award for Best Collaboration.

Joe Mettle, who won Artist of the Year in 2017 walked home with laurels for Gospel Song of the Year for ‘Bo Noo Ni’, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Gospel Artist of the Year.

Finally, Mary Naa Amanua Doodo, lead singer for the famous Wulomei Band, was handed the lifetime achievement award. 

Full list of winners below:

Artist of the Year


Gospel Song of the Year

‘Bo Noo Ni’ by Joe Mettle

Hip-hop Song of the Year

‘Grind Day (Remix)’ by Kwesi Arthur

Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year

‘My Own’ by Samini

Hiplife Song of the Year

‘Total Cheat’ by Fancy Gadam ft Sarkodie

Afropop Song of the Year

‘Sponsor’ by Ebony

Highlife Song of the Year

‘Odo’ by Kidi

Gospel Artist of the Year

Joe Mettle

Highlife Artist of the Year

Kuami Eugene

Hiplife/Hip-hop Artist of the Year


Songwriter of the Year

Bullet for ‘Maame Hw3’

Reggae/Dancehall Artist of the Year


Best Collaboration of the Year

Shatta Wale & SM Militants (Taking Over)

Rapper of the Year


Best Group of the Year


Best Music Video of the Year

‘Obi Agyi Obi Girl’ by Gyo of Phamous Philms

Best Male Vocalist of the Year

Joe Mettle

Best Female Vocalist of the Year


African Artist of the Year


Record of the Year

‘State of the Art’ by Teephlow

Best New Artist of the Year

Kuami Eugene

Song of the Year

‘Total Cheat’ by Fancy Gadam ft Sarkodie

Album of the Year

Bonyfied (Ebony)

Traditional Artist of the Year

Amamerefo Music and Dance Ensemble

Instrumental Artist of the Year

Dominic Quashie

Lifetime Achievement Award

Mary Naa Amanua Doodo of Wulomei


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Teephlow hits Central Region for “Thank You Tour” after VGMA 2018 win



After copping his first ever award at the VGMAs (2018), Rapper Teephlow and his Management Team, SpyderLee Entertainment journeys to Cape Coast this weekend for a “Thank You Tour”.

Winning “Record of the Year” at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2018 was one of the memorable moments Teephlow would never forget. Out of 3 nominations he got at this year’s VGMAs, he went home with a plaque for his timeless record “State of the Art”, one of the hit singles off his “Phlowducation” EP, a strictly hardcore rap album that accentuates the dynamics of urban HipHop culture and lyricism. His “Phlowducation” EP stayed in Top 10 selling albums on for at least 10 weeks after release.

Teephlow is the first Artiste to have won an award for the label, SpyderLee Entertainment.

The Tour starts from Thursday, April 19, 2018 to Saturday, April 21, 2018. Below is the programme line up.

  • Thursday, April 19, 2018.

– 10:00am: Meeting of the Oguaaman Hene and his subject at Emintsimadze Palace

– 4:00pm: Meeting with the Regional Minister at the Residency.

  • Friday, April 20, 2018.

– 10:00am: Special Guest at the launch of Cape Coast Fetu Afehye Festival at Ato Huston Gardens

  • Saturday, April 21, 2018

– 7:00am: ‘Thank You Float’ through the principal streets of Cape Coast.

– 8:00pm: Party at Presidential Palace (Club Party)


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YO CHALE! Sena Dagadu announces new single with Sarkodie – WATCH VIDEO



Ghanaian -Hungarian songstress/ rapper, Sena Dagadu has announced a new hip-hop tune featuring SarkCess frontman, Sarkodie.

Shot  in Accra, accompanying visuals for the joint are directed by Prince Ibam of Breakthrough Studios. It also features a cameo appearance by Worlasi (with whom she collaborated on “One Life” years back). The song is self-produced.

The video is off her forthcoming new album, which also features guest collaborations from EL, Pappy Kojo and a host of other acts.

Born in Accra to a Hungarian mother and a Ghanaian father, she’s been active since 2001, and is lead vocalist of Hungarian alternative band Irie Mafia. Sena combines influences from hiphop, reggae, funk, rock, among others, and has released multiple critically-received albums including Lots Of Trees, Grow Slow, First One, Azdanê, Natural High, Take a Look, Only Solution Remix, Vol. 1, DA 1 YAH EP 03, and Feathers.

She has also been associated with top Ghanaian acts including hiplife grandpapa Reggie Rockstone, VVIP, FOKN Bois’ M3nsa and Wanlov, as well as the fast-rising Worlasi.

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TOO GOOD! Chiro Kofi Peprah announces new song, April 23!



“Too Good” is the second single by burgeoning gospel singer, Chiro Kofi Peprah. The song follows the psalmist- evangelist’s debut offering “I surrender”, which was released in 2015.

The song blends authentic African music instrumentals with Jazz, and ultimately proclaims the greatness of God, as well as his love towards us, even when we are undeserving.

The single is scheduled for release, April 23.



Ebenezer Kofi Peprah Quaye popularly known as Chiro Kofi Peprah is  a Psalmist-evangelist called into   ministry and charged to impact generations for Christ with his talent. “CHIRO” is an abbreviation of Christ Himself is reigning over. In effect Chiro Kofi Peprah simply means Christ himself is reigning over Kofi Peprah.

Chiro Kofi Peprah’s logo

The logo is a representation of the full armour of God. Ephesians 6:10-18 says we should be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might and to put on the whole armour of God that we may stand against the wiles of the devil. The full armour of God is what every Christian needs to make it to the kingdom of God. The totality of the armour produces holiness which is God’s divine nature.

The gold colour of the logo ( the full armour of God) means royalty and our Heavenly Father is king and He reigns over all.

Chiro Kofi Peprah represents the royalty of God in Christ by manifesting the full armour of God. He is a royal servant of God.

In short Chiro Kofi Peprah is a warrior in the full armour of God representing King Jesus with His entire splendor and majesty, manifesting His royalty and His authority.

Life Prior to His Ministry

Chiro Kofi Peprah’s life prior to his calling was just like any ordinary guy in the world.

He indulged in illicit acts, and lived for his ego and desires. He used his strength for his will and did things to please himself and his desires.

He was in the world, and did things of the world, and followed the flow of the world. He followed what was trending in the world and had less time for the lord.

In 2003 at a Church of Pentecost youth camp meeting at Swedru Secondary School, Chiro Kofi Peprah was introduced to the ‘microphone’, his spiritual gift from God.

He was in the choir but the spiritual gift was dormant because he hadn’t been pushed to the forefront to hold a lone mic. The lead vocal at the forefront lost his vocal, and Chiro Kofi Peprah was called to hold the forefront.

In His song ministration of “Lord I give you my heart” a cover version his gift became evident, he saw people on their knees weeping and worshiping the Lord. He was in awe but couldn’t believe it until the next day, when another cover version of “Above all” got a Pastor and several elders on their knees weeping to the glory and magnification of God.

It was then that he realized that he had a gift, but after the camp meeting He was back to the challenges of the world and had no strict mentoring, like David he was in the wilderness alone.

Chiro Kofi Peprah’s attention was divided because he served several masters, the Lord, the world and himself. He had the opportunity to direct a group called the Royals in Praise, and hosted a program called the Blood, with his two most trusted friends who were twin brothers, Peter Aklamanu-Williams and Paul Aklamanu Williams who are now the heads of Gospel Gh.

Chiro Kofi Peprah worked with some wonderful personalities such as Bola Ray, Lydia Forson, Jeremie,Dr. Prince Pambo, Professor Reginald Ocansey just to name a few.

Active Call to Ministry

In 2015 Chiro Kofi Peprah was in the process of shooting his own TV show called Fitness show with CHIRO when God told him to lay it all down and do His will. He was charged to go and impact generations for Christ with his energy and gift, that led to David’s dance and the launch of Streets 4 Christ campaign in 2015 and subsequent release of I surrender single in 2016.

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