The Ghanaian music industry over the last years has seen great improvement. With every year comes exciting new voices.
Last year saw young artistes like Tulenkey, Kofi Mole, Twitch, Quamina MP, Dahlin Gage, Kelvin Bwoy, Wendy Shay and others broke through the highly competitive adult-controlled mainstream, taking inspiration from Afropop singer King Promise, Kidi, Kuami Eugene.
Several other young acts released singles but that didn’t give them the mainstream break they needed in 2018. These artists, in my estimation, stand the chance of breaking into mainstream music proper.
The list is in no proper order.
Okailey Verse (OV Music)
Okailey Verse or OV as she now known is one tipped by many industry players as one of the best to watch out for in 2019.
After winning the highly competitive MTN Hitmaker, she went on to release a masterpiece “Want Me” feat his label-mate Stonebowy.
OV, who has been around for some time also has a joint with dancehall act, Epixode. It is christened “Ma Mind Dey.”
One thing that makes OV stand out among her female compatriots in the music scene is her striking voice!
Herman Suede, the 16-year-old student of Tema International School can be touted as the future of Afrobeat in Ghana. The singer who has already released highly successful singles as Be Mine,’ ‘Wavii,’ ‘Questions,’ ‘Pretty Mama’, and ‘Homies’caters to the urban/ pop space.
He has already performed on many big stages including Ghana Party in the Park (London), Tidal Rave, The Glo Mega Music Show, the Black Star Int. Film Festival, Pent Hall Week and Fresh ‘a’ Fair 2018, held at the University of Ghana Legon.
J Derobie can be said to be the biggest young star in Ghana in 2019 after getting massive endorsements from top Jamaican stars like Popcaan, Kranium, and Shatta Wale after the release of his hit single “Poverty.”
The Mr Eazi-led Empawa Africa initiative beneficiary is already enjoying mainstream attention after topping various music charts for the past weeks. Notable among which include Citi FM’s Countdown with Jessica and Osei Kwame, Hitz FM’s trending songs of the week, and YFM’s Top Countdown.
Before he was discovered by Mr Eazi, the Nugua-based singer had released songs like “Odo Yewu,” and “Vim.”
After making waves last year with his hit single “Delay,” the “Yammy dondada,’ as he is widely known on campus, is one of the acts to watch out for in 2019. The AfroxSoul signed act is surely set for bigger heights this year.
Enam is the definition of versatility and can also pride herself as the queen of Ashanti. The singer is likely to ‘blow’ this year.
The young act has been featured by top stars like Flowking Stone, Lord Paper and most recently, Sheldon the Turn Up.
In 2018, the well sensational songstress dropped her nerve breaking single “Manna” featuring Lord Paper of “Awurama” fame. The song made reference to a Biblical illusion where God provided food to the people of Isreal in the desert. She particularly chose this title to imply the steadfastness and persistence through people must face any challenges in this passing life.
She’s featured with Sarkodie, Asante The Alpha, Baby and others in “Kotoo Line”, “Goro Goro” “Biibi Ba” “Strongman”
Enam, also known as Afro Mannequin is an Afro-soul Artiste who switches between other genres to fit every mood and vibe.