On August 4 each year, Ghana celebrates its heroes, the six men who symbolized the line “through the blood and toil of our forefathers” captured in the nation’s pledge.
Every year, we take a day off our busy schedules to reflect on the sacrifices and contributions of Kwame Nkrumah, Ebenezer Ako-Adjei, Edward Akufo-Addo, and Joseph Boakye Danquah, Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey and William Ofori-Atta in the fight for independence.
In the musical landscape, there has been a growing crop of artists leading the charge of what has been described as the ‘new school’.
As the country marks Founders’ Day this year, Spotify has identified some Ghanaian musicians who are making inroads in Ghana’s music scene.
These six Ghanaian musicians are breaking barriers and lifting the flag of Ghana high with their music.
A look at their profiles
Amaarae, is an icon taking the world by storm. Her debut EP, ‘Passion Fruit Summers’, launched her as one of the biggest voices in alternative pop, paving the way for her breakthrough record, ‘THE ANGEL YOU DON’T KNOW’. Featuring singles like ‘SAD GIRLZ LUV MONEY’ and ‘FANCY’, this genre-blending project has received global recognition.
Amaarae is currently sweeping the world as her track ‘A Body, A Coffin’ was featured in Marvel Studios ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Amara is currently the most streamed Ghanaian artist on Spotify with more than 5 million followers.
KiDi released his debut album, ‘Sugar’, in 2019 which was accompanied by a movie also titled ‘Sugar’, showcasing the songs on the album. Since then, he has never looked back and keeps dropping hit songs like ‘Say You Love Me, ‘Odo’, ‘Adiepena’, ‘Thunder’, ‘Mr. Badman’, ‘Sugar Daddy’, and ‘Enjoyment’. The lead single, ‘Say Cheese’, had great success online and on radio worldwide.
After having a successful year KiDi has been crowned the overall ‘Artist Of The Year in 2022 and Afrobeats/Afropop Artist Of The Year. His hit single, ‘Touch It’, won ‘Popular Song of The Year’ as well as ‘Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year, and his album, ‘The Golden Boy, picked up the ‘Album Of The Year award.
King Promise brings all the vibes to the table. King Promise is an ardent storyteller inspired by life, love, hustling, partying, and family.
Since releasing his first single, ‘Thank God, Promise’s fanbase quickly began to swell as word spread. A considerable buzz manifested locally; before he knew it, his career had taken off.
Sarkodie: Considered to be among the rap gods and kings in Ghana, Sarkodie compares success to swimming. Several years after his debut album, ‘Mayke’, Sarkodie is still in the water, pressing forward through the waves, seeing what new shores his rich, emotional sound might reach. Sark has worked hard, created viral songs, and pulled his weight on the African music ladder.
He has featured top artists on the continent and beyond, so it didn’t come as a surprise to many when he won the inaugural BET Hip Hop Award for ‘Best International Flow’ in 2019.
You may have heard of Black Sherif and how his song ‘Kweku The Traveller’ is traveling the world. Black Sherif is the most streamed Ghanaian rapper on Spotify with 1.3 million followers. His unique sound is geared toward creating a mass cult following, to become a global icon. He blends Ghanaian Highlife with reggae, Hip Hop, and other sounds, thereby widening his reach and potential. With highlife being Ghana’s authentic sound, his use of the genre instantly speaks to the older folk.
First-time listeners of Sheriff are amazed by his vocal range, then zone into his eerie unorthodox melodies. But the actual catch is the substance in his writing and how relevant it is to the modern listener’s experience. He has been mentioned by top musicians globally, the most recent being DJ Khaled who described Black Sherif’s songs as ‘music that touches your soul’.
Stonebwoy is a 45-time award-winning Ghanaian Afropop and Dancehall/Reggae artist as well as a Grammy Awards nominee. 1GAD has earned its place within the dancehall fraternity locally and globally. He is one of the country’s biggest exports when it comes to Ghanaian artists. Stonebwoy recorded his first hit single, ‘Climax’ featuring Samini, followed by ‘Ghetto Love’ featuring Irene Logan. Since then, he has never looked back.