There has always a strong relationship between Nigeria and Ghana. The West African countries are perhaps two of the most cooperative nations in the continent, sharing many cultural artifacts that has led to often, comical competition. From Jollof rice to roads even, Nigerians and Ghana go at it every single chance they get, bantering themselves for all its worth.
When it comes to music however, all these are sheathed in place for sonic excellence. Whereas the artistes might even find themselves arguing in favor of their nation, when they step into the studio or just hang around each other doing other music-related stuff, it is almost always an event.
Historically, there are some Ghanaian influences in Nigerian music, and vice versa. Highlife is famously a Ghana-centric medium of musical expression. High-life had evolved as a Ghanaian response to the forced introduction of Western classical music to Ghanaian colonial school curriculums and the suppression of traditional Ghanaian music.
The Nigerian Bobby Benson was famously “put on” to Highlife music by E. T. Mensah while they toured (separately) the United Kingdom in the fifties. Many years on, Ghanaians and Nigerians continue to collaborate, even more so with globalization. An artiste like Sarkodie has collaborated with virtually all the Nigerian artistes there is. The Tema-born rapper passes off as the face of contemporary collaboration between the two countries. (His absence in this list is therefore intentional.)
Here, we present five of the finest songs artistes from Ghana and Nigeria have made for our ever-grateful ears.
R2Bees – Slow Down (feat. WizKid) (2013)
Made up of the duo of Faisal Hakeem (Omar Sterling) and Rashid Mugeez (Mugeez), R2Bees are a Hiplife/ Hip Hop duo from the Ghanaian city of Tema.
Their first collaboration with Nigeria’s very own Starboy came in 2013, on “Slow Down”, a single off their sophomore album Refuse to Be Broke. This song will go on to be the first link of a fruitful business partnership that, years later, will see them, alongside compatriot Efya, become Starboy Entertainment affiliates.
“Slow Down” is an evergreen Afro Pop song which moves at a gentle pace, playing to the vocal power of the trio of artistes.
2Face – My Love (feat. VIP) (2006)
Legendary Nigerian artiste 2face, in 2006, (now 2Baba) tapped the Ghanaian Hiplife group, VIP, for a love song. Inspired by old Jamaican folk song, it was however popularized by Harry Belafonte’s “Jamaican Farewell”.
2face’s effort, which was a major crossover hit in its day, featured in his classic Grass 2 Grace album. A playful number, the song features an Afro-Carribean vibe which perfectly fits beside the love-professing lyrics.
Stonebwoy – Ololo(feat. Teni)
Awards-winning Ghanaian reggae-dancehall artiste, Stonebwoy enlists Nigerian artist Teni the Entertainer for his latest single ‘Ololo,’ his latest since dropping “Tuff Seed” earlier this summer.
The duo shine as they exchange loving lyrics atop sultry, upbeat production by Prinx Pappi. Stonebwoy opens the track with a fiery verse about giving his all to a love interest, while Teni brings the her usual high-energy to the second verse as she delivers passionate lyrics directed at a lover. Their musical chemistry, making for a catchy jam-worthy track.
Teni has dropped a couple of singles of her own this year, including “Uyo Meyo,” and the standout single “Suga Mummy.” She’s also featured on songs with Skiibii, Falz and DJ Neptune. We’d say that “Ololo”is one of her most noteworthy so far this year, as she sounds very much in here element on the track. She also earned a BET award nomination earlier this year for Best New International Act.
Back in April, Stonebwoy released the memorable track “Shuga” featuring Jamaican dancehall legend Beenie Man.
Tony Tetuila – 2 Women (feat. VIP) (2006)
A playful song, “2 Women” is off the former Remedies’ man Tony Tetuila’s 2006 album, Free Soldier.
The song details Tony’s indecision when it comes to women and for the trio of VIP guests, rather than aiding a friend to choose, they infuse their playful elements of Hiplife, making the song a loose declaration which shoots at nothing in particular, but fun.
R2Bees – Kiss Your Hand (feat. Wande Coal) (2009)
At the peak of his powers, Nigerian vocal powerhouse Wande Coal released his magnum opus Mushin to Mohits. On a tour to support the widely acclaimed album, he landed in Ghana, dropped a freestyle and the rest they say, is history.
“Kiss Your Hand”, his collaboration with Ghanaian group R2Bees features parts of that freestyle; the official song itself, features energetic proclamations of love from the trio, with Wande Coal’s lyrics being the icing on the cake.
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Nasty C Features 11 “Up & Coming” Musicians On His “Lift As You Rise” Album.
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA (www.georgebritton.com) - South African rapper, songwriter and record producer, Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo, known professionally as Nasty C has finally dropped a 2019 music project which features a legion of budding musicians, dubbed "Lift As You Rise", named after his deal with Red Bull SA.
The project which is stemmed and housed by Red Bull Music and Tall Racks Records is intended to give exposure to talented aspiring hip hop artists, following a call made to budding African musicians to add their verses on multiple open tracks, which excluded 16 bars, but comprised verses from of Nasty C, Tellaman, Gemini Major, Rowlene, Lastee and Zino D. Rowlene comments
With the release of the Lift As You Rise EP, the lives of Deekay_Did_It (Pietermaritzburg), Hanna (Cape Town), KDaVine (Pietermaritzburg), Msimisis (Swaziland), J_Reagz (Cape Town), Tembisile (Cape Town), Priscilla (Botswana), The Real Barry Lane (Nigeria), ThatoJessica (Johannesburg), Jay Hoodsa (Pretoria), and Flow Jones Jnr (Johannesburg) will see a positive shift, as their names will be scripted on a record featuring Mzansi’s established musicians.
The Lift As You Rise EP epitomizes a profound concept of collaboration; a view that lets artists see how their respective flow and talent works alongside other artists. As a recap to all that has been done to successfully finish the project, an EP dropped. It consists of all various artists who managed to make the cut. Available on all digital stores, the way it sounds one can conclude it was worth the wait.
Nasty C basically won this year, he has been nominated on almost all biggest musical Awards including BETs, SAMAs, SAHHHAs and AFRIMAs. He walked away with more than five awards from various categories. What the God’s Flow rapper promised fans this year is an album Zulu Man With Some Power, promised to have international stars as features. While fans wait, he gave them something to bump to.
- Outside – Nasty C, Tellaman Ft. Deekay Did It and Hanna (produced by Zeno D)
- Menace Tella – Tellaman Ft. KDavine & Msimiss (produced by Gemini Major & Select Play) 3. Alabama – Nasty C Ft. J_Reagz & Thembisile (produced by Gemini Major)
- Afraid – Lastee, Rowlene Ft. Priscilla & The Real Barry Lane ( (produced by Select Play)
- Download Dunno – Gemini Major, Rowlene Ft. ThatoJessica (produced by Select Play)
- Run it – Nasty C, Tellaman Ft. JAYHood Flow Jones JNR (produced by Gemini Major)
JMJ’s Hiphop Album Hits Number 1 On Boomplay Music.
Renowned Producer JMJ just hit the N.o 1 spot on Boomplay Music Ghana with his debut album from “Riddim Of The GODS” He crept to the top of Boomplay Music Chart with 8 songs from the Hiphop album on the 5-genre project.
And all these was achieved in less than amidst several heavy trending materials on the showbiz front; but JMJ and Boomplay were able to literally hijack music lovers’ attention the whole week.
The Rappers listed on the Hiphop project must be highly commended for their class and powerful lyrics and melody they fed on their respective records; making it very hard to arrive at a one top ‘winner’.
Though it wasn’t a competition among the artistes for some award or prize, the PR Campaign for the project was extreme and well calculated it felt like a sporting competition with fans of respective artistes and pundits keenly involved.
2 songs were released each day from Monday, December 9, 2019 to Thursday, December 12, 2019 – which listed Rappers Sarkodie, E.L, Teephlow, Strongman, Edem, Okyeame Kwame, Obibini & Flowking Stone, chronologically in order of releases from Boomplay Music Ghana.
At least 9 consistent radio engagements was done for the project within 5 days and it was so scintillating. It was so exciting that fans of other Rappers who couldn’t get listed are calling for a Part 2 of the Hiphop Album.
Listen to FULL (HipHop) ALBUM here: https://www.boomplaymusic.com/share/album/5784848?srModel=COPYLINK&srList=IOS
“Riddim Of The GODS” would become a yearly project, according to Elorm Beenie who is the lead PR for the project and Publicist for award-winning Producer, JMJ.
Boomplay Music indeed also deserves some accolades for being able to partner JMJ on this initiative and actually get fans patronizing their platform and supporting local content, which perhaps has never happened in Ghanaian history before.
10 years ago he dropped the first ever Riddim Album recorded in African history (Trigger Riddim – Ghetto KB, Samini, Mugeez, Zionite, Iwan, etc). Then he came through with the ever popular “Missile Riddim” which featured Samini, Kofi Kinaata, E.L, Stonebwoy, Kaakie, Ruff n Snooth, just to name a few – and then “Xtra Large Riddim” with Kaakie, Ghetto KB, Samini, etc. A decade later he returns to give us a more refined and well-packaged riddim project like this, called “Riddim Of The GODS” – and henceforth would be an annual project from JMJ, born Joshua Raphaelson.
[WATCH] “We Made Afrobeat Attractive to Africans. – Sarkodie
GREATER ACCRA, GHANA (www.georgebritton.com) - Multiple awards-winning Ghanaian rapper Michael Owusu Addo, known as Sarkodie talks about afrobeat and the world invasion and more bop records yet to come from the African continent.
“Ghanaian Rapper Sway Gave Musicians In Africa Hope. – Skales
Nigerian rapper/singer born Raoul John Njeng-Njeng (Skales) has praised British rapper of Ghanaian descent Sway for paving the way for African musicians like himself.
Skales who looked up to Sway while growing his passion for music revealed watching “Sway on TV was a big deal for him personally."
Having started writing songs in 2000 in Kaduna, Skales is well-known for songs including “Shake Body”, “Mukulu”, “Keresimesi”, “Komole”, “My Baby”, “Take Care of Me” and “Denge Pose”. He has recorded over 200 songs and collaborated with numerous artists, including Ghana rapper Sarkodie, eLDee, Jeremiah Gyang, Banky W. and Knighthouse.
Skales' latest album, Mr Love, released in 2018, also featured Tiwa Savage, Sarkodie, Afro B, Phyno, Cassper, Phyno, some of the best artists from the continents. Watch Skales and Sway talk about their life, music and the way forward at the just ended Africa Conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases (ACCES 2019) in Accra.
Born Derek Andrew Safo in Hornsey, North London, Sway is a British-Ghanaian rapper who's first big track 'On My Own' was released under the name Sway DaSafo. In 2005, Sway was named Best Hip-Hop Newcomer at the Mobo Awards, beating two US heavyweights - 50 Cent and The Game to take home the award, despite having not released an album.
Sway's debut album 'This Is My Demo' was released in 2006 and achieved critical acclaim, with one review hailing it as the "best British rap album in years". Sway produced more than 50 per cent of the album himself.
He has featured in three British films. Sway's film appearance came in 2012's The Grind, which also starred street magician Dynamo. In 2007, Sway won Best International Act at the BET Awards. Not only did Sway win, it was also the first time that a UK artist had been nominated for the award.
"He has indeed inspired African musicians. If he could do this all by himself, we can do it too," Skales said.
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