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

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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:

 

Ebony

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.

 

Sarkodie

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.

 

Wutah

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.

 

KiDi

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.

 

Stonebwoy

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.

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#BAWASAABA: Stonebwoy announces new visuals off #EOM Album – WATCH!

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Reggae star, Stonebwoy, drops a new video off his latest album Epistles of Mama (EOM). Directed by Jay Parpworth of Pineapple Pictures, the video is for his Afrobeat joint Bawasaaba, which was produced by Streetbeatz.

Epistles of Mama, jointly published by ZYLOFON Music and the artist’s own BMG imprint, consists 24 songs and features a flavoursome array of local and international heavyweights as Sean Paul, Chronixx, Sarkodie, Pressure, I Octane, Efya, Vanessa Bling, Joey B, Kabaka Pyramid all feature on the double CD project: one half dedicated to Afrobeats, and the other, reggae/dancehall.

Watch Bawasaaba below:

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VIDEO: Light It Up – Sarkodie ft. Big Narstie & Jayso

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Here are fresh visuals from Sarkodie’s 2017 album “Highest”. Directed by by Dego Visionz & Chalky, the video accompanies “Light It Up”, which features Skillions CEO Jayso, and English Grind expert Big Narstie.

This brings to 8, the number of visuals released off the rapper’s fifth album. It is jointly published by SarkCess Music and Dice Recordings Music.

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Highest follows Makye (2009), Rapperholic (2012), Sarkology (2014), and Mary (2015). Consisting 18 songs, it features collaborations with both local and international heavyweights as Big Narstie, Victoria Kimani (Kenya), Moelogo (UK), Spoken Word act Suli Breaks (UK), Korede Bello (Nigeria), Praiz (Nigeria), Yung L (Nigeria), Jesse Jagz (Nigeria), Flavour (Nigeria) and Bobii Lewis (UK).

A multiple-award-winning act, Sarkodie is CEO of his independent imprint  SarkCess Music, which is also home to singer Akwaboah, and fellow rap act Strongman. He’s currently touring destinations across Europe with the album.

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LISTEN: Afrobeats singer Pam releases ‘Bobo’ Prod. by Pee GH

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576 Muzik signed Afrobeats songstress, Pam has released her first official song to invigorate the year 2018.

The single is titled “Bobo” – a party anthem and danceable tune with a Ghanaian and Nigerian flavour.

The multi-genre female songstress in an Afrobeats production with a francophone feel like that of Awilo Logomba and a well-composed lyrics to felicitate the song.

It was produced by “Koko” hitmaker, Pee GH.

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AYAT enlists Edem for IDKY remix – LISTEN!

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Produced by KaySo, the remix for rapper Ayat’s IDKY features veteran hiphop act Edem.

Acronym for “I Don’t Know You”, the joint is essentially what brought him to the limelight some two years ago. Since that offering, he has gone on to release several other songs and the ZAMANI EP, and curated multiple editions of of the annual MADFest concert (which is held in homage of his native Madina).

Ayat and Edem have previously collaborated on the remix of the latter’s “Egboame”.

Listen to IDKY (remix) below:

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#JamesonTakeOverGH: Worlasi named for 2018 edition

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For the third year running, singer Worlasi has been announced for the annual “Jameson Takeover GH” hangout session.

This year’s edition is slated for the Champs Sports Bar on January 27 from 7 pm, will see the 2017 Coke Studio Africa housemate perform songs off his latest EP Outerlane, as well as his mixtapes Uncut and NUSE.

Via a promo video on the artist’s social media handles, he promises the biggest night so far. Considering his  growing clout over the years, as well as his charismatic stagecraft, a truly memorable night can be expected.

Worlasi is signed to CM Records, and has been associated with esteemed colleagues as Sarkodie, M.anifest,  Da’Hammer, Sena Dagadu among others.

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“The Green Experience” With Deon Boakye Slated for African Regent, JANUARY 26!

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Budding singer Deon Boakye, will on Friday January 26, stage a live musical performance at the African Regent Hotel in Accra dubbed “The Green Experience”.

Deon’s career has been on the rise since debuting his solo hit single ‘Allewa’ (featuring Cabum). That was followed with other singles like Dubai, New Year and Babiaa Awu.

He will be performing songs off his recent Green album which was outdoored in September last year.

The HardBoy Music Group artiste, noted for his lively and stage craft, will be joined by the World League Band, a unique group that blends multiple genres like highlife, Afrobeats and jazz, as he performs joints off the album as “Ooosh”, “Yellow Sisi” and “Genevieve”.

Speaking in a recent interview regarding the Green LP, Deon explains that the project is “a symbol of fertility, happiness and progress toward attaining your goals.”

The 2017 VGMA unsung nominee since bursting onto the music scene has been consistent and has enjoyed massive coverage in the media for his exceptional vocals and composition of songs which led to his nomination for the unsung category in the VGMA’s.

Consisting 17 tracks, the Green LP features Strongman, Cabum, Medikal, Joel Orleans, Cabum, FlowKing Stone, Akitiwrowro, Kofi Kinaata, Eno, Jason EL-A and a host of others.

According to organizers of the event, ZoneThree6, the Green Experience will be an opportunity for the general public and fans to have a first-time experience with Deon performing live.

The Green Experience will be hosted by Dzifa Grey (Metro TV), with the green carpet being hosted by ZoneThree6 VJs, VJ Quabena Kevin, VJ Koko & VJ Eleanor. It is sponsored by ALSALE SERVICE LTD.

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