Bringing you the biggest Hiphop, dancehall, Highlife, RnB music of the year from the best homegrown Ghana talent, including Becca, Shatta Wale, Ebony, Joey B and more.
If you’re not diligent, music can pass you by. That’s true now more than ever. Artistes have the tools to create and release new music at any moment with the push of a button. We’ve heard some truly memorable music so far this year. And every single day, artists are sharing new music from records still to come.
Even an industrious music consumer can miss things. That’s why, for the casual or obsessive listener, we’ll be curating the best songs of the year as they’re released. Keep checking back as the list of best songs grows throughout the rest of the year. And listen to our Soundcloud playlist here or later on in this post.
Here are our 10 favorite songs of 2017 — the biggest hits, the songs that fell through the cracks, and everything in between.
1…. One Corner – Patapaa
Justice Amoah popularly known as Patapaa shot to fame and ever since his debut, his name has been on the lips of Ghanaians and across Africa including colleagues from Don Jazzy to Davido especially the ‘crazy’ dance move that goes with the ‘One Corner’ dance. He is from the central part of Ghana.
2….. Sarkodie – Painkiller
The ‘Highest’ rapper deliver an impressive body of work which was his fifth album. The album had a long list of collaboration from Korede Bello, Flavour N’abania to Yung L. ‘Painkiller’ is definitely a stand out track from the album which features Nigeria’s Runtown. This is the smoothest jam from Ghana in 2017
Ghana’s rap star did deliver a smooth collaboration with Nigerian hit maker Runtown
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Ebony Reigns is seductive and sensual and so is her apparel. Definitely a force to reckon with after she deliver a slew of hits until n’Sponsor’ arrived. The jam combines contemporary dancehall and afro beat tunes, with humor to go with it.
4….. Wedding Car – Dadie Opanka
One of the finest comeback from a Ghana artiste this year, as the ‘tie tie’ star delivered the ‘Wedding car’ banger after months off the scene. With her Gyptian cover still one of GH’s finest cover ever, the endowed artiste from Tema in Ghama score a serious marriage anthem with this one.
5….. Bronya – Wutah
Bonya from the duo of Wutah is a sweet fusion of old highlife over a funky beat with the trademark harmonies of the duo who many thought had fallen apart, Wutah. This is a testament that they are an incredible pair.
6…… Taking Over – Shatta Wale
Shatta Wale is known to release music back to back and definitely one of his stand out songs is ‘Taking Over’. A collaboration with ghetto youth, Joint 77, Addi Self, and Captan. It is a slow tempo dancehall tune which further resurrects the pride of being a Ghanaian. Mos def!
7….. Ranger – Joey B
Joey B is brilliant and refreshing so is the ‘Ranger’ song. Ranger is off the EP ’Darryl,’ as he sings: ‘No one knows tomorrow/ All the things you worked hard for/ Everything is borrowed.’ There’s also a point of reassurance: ‘No matter what you doing/ You’d succeed/ Don’t you know life is full of blessings.’
8….. Come From Afar (Wogb3j3k3) – Stoneboy
Ghanaian prime dancehall star Stonebwoy is not joke and so is “Wogb3j3k3,” which translates to ‘come from afar,’. It comes with his unique rhythmic style, capturing moments of his past struggles and difficulties he had to encounter before reaching the top. Stonebwoy is an artist with this song!
9…… Jennifer Lomotey – Kurl × Sarkodie
Many would say this song by Kurl rode on the controversy it came with. Listent o Sarkodie’s verse to see why it got o controversial. The duo rode on this to drive the neat tune to popularity and across Ghana. Who is Jennifer Lomotey?
10….. Becca – Na Wash
Becca is a song bird that keeps giving and she delivered a smash with her Patoranking – assisted ‘Na Wash’. Off her ‘Unveiling’ album which deliver (keeps delivering) gems, ‘Na Wash’ is definitely the ladies’ anthem of 2017. Not all that glitters is gold and ‘sharpen your eyes, charlie!’
Boo Noo Ni – Joe Mettle
Last year’s VGMA honoured Joe Mettle as artiste of the year. The “BOO NOO NII” single is a soulful masterpiece poised to edify the soul. Joe’s vocal strength is unbeaten irrespective of his chosen music genre.
The tune, a combination of English and Ga, was conveyed with exactness of a moving depression that will influence you to ascend to move along quickly.
Ladder – Lil Win
Lil Win known as Kojo Nkansah is a comic and actor first then an incredible single. His first single adapted from the popular Nigerian gospel song ‘Follow the ladder,’ delivers a household jam.
The ‘Ladder Train’ was so infectious that it got many celebrities in the country jumping on the tune for a refix or a remix of it.
Kuami Eugene – Angela.
Newbie Kuami delivered a last quarter hit with ‘Angela’. Mz Vee’s labelmate teamed up with serial hitmaker KillBeat for this. Highlife is definitely alive in Ghana as this mid tempo jam confirms!
Kidi – Odo
Kidi delivered a groovy love song. This song is a hit. Uprising Act KiDi sings about love juts how it should on the record entitled “Odo” meaning love. Interesting, Production was done all by himself.