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New Name, Mask Off!! MTN Hitmaker 9 Winner Adepa, Is Now ‘Adepa Zela’



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Adepa, the first ever gospel winner of MTN hitmaker has released her first cover video which is a mash up of Cindy Thompson’s “Anwanwa Do and Mercy Chinwo’s “Excess Love”. The sensational female singer who was known throughout the hitmaker competition as Adepa (Lady with the mask), has not only revealed her real identity in her cover video, but also changed her name to Adepa Zela. Zela, which biblically connotes to “Jerusalem or Zion “ undoubtedly compliments her previously used ‘twi’ stage name Adepa, literally meaning “something good” or “a good thing“.

Adepa Zela – the all beautiful, very talented and extremely multi-faceted urban Gospel artiste – per her new brand name appears to drive home the simple notion that, ‘A good thing has indeed emanated from Jerusalem’. More so, her choice of being an urban gospel music or a gospel fusion artiste does not in any way limit her expression in any other genre of music as long as the core message of the song still ties into the gospel. Adepa Zela promises to churn out super sensational gospel songs for Ghanaians simply enjoy and celebrate God’s goodness, just as her name stands for.

The journey of Adepa Zela during the Hitmaker competition was an interesting one to watch, as week upon week she challenged herself to perform a completely different genre, proving to herself, the judges and the general public that she was versatile and could ace any task given her with ease. Adepa Zela, being the first ever gospel performer to win the MTN Hitmaker was not just a historic feat but an amazingly surreal one for her too as this was her third attempt at the hitmaker competition. She bears the story of a young passionate girl whose dreams of pursuing her music where strained by many incidences around her, even at an early age and consequently almost gave it up as a result.

She struggled on her own singing from band to band at a variety of shows and occasions to work hard on enhancing her craft. Finally, representing Ghana to as far as the finals in Project Fame West Africa gave her the jump start she needed to do this one more time – but this time, with more drive, intensity, attitude and flaming passion.

Word has it that she currently is working on her maiden hit song which will be hitting the market in March this year. In the mean time however we have been so blessed by her love mash-up of Cindy Thompson’s “Anwanwa Do and Mercy Chinwo’s “Excess Love”, which she warmly gifted to us all on Valentine’s Day. The love mash-up, which features “The Manifest’ A cappella group, is indeed a refreshing reminder of God’s undying love for us all


It is rumoured that Adepa Zela is also an amazing stage actress who has featured in a number of Uncle Ebo Whyte’s Roverman Production’s shows – which include ‘Not my Husband’, ‘God you are Fired’, ‘Final Warning’, just to name a few. Truth be told, Adepa Zela’s wide range of artistry defines a prospectively very high order of creativity and such premium versatility that isn’t very common in Ghana. Simply put, she hold prospects of a very promising music career if she simply keeps going at this pace. Well, after flawlessly conquering the MTN Hitmaker stage, the whole world now awaits ‘Adepa Zela’, to simply blow us away with her craft.

Regardless of being the newest personality on the Ghana music entertainment scene, Adepa Zela with her super stage performance vibe, her sensational voice and her stunning look, definitely positions her as one typical artiste to look out for in the course of 2021.

With her unique approach of urban Gospel music, she gradually emerges as one of the all new favourite gospel performers in Ghana. Her Valentine’s day love mashup cover for example, combined both 6/8 and 4/4 time signatures with skilfully thought-through transitions that made the musical flow and progression of the cover unpredictable yet super refreshing. Well, more than clearly, it seems with the newly branded ‘Adepa Zela’ there’s always going to be a tiny little expectation of the unexpected in her music. Ah well, we we live to see. She promises her very first hit single this March will be coming with an exciting and super electrifying twist. Stay tuned!



Joe Mettle donates and fellowships with flood victims of Mepe, Volta Region



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Joe Mettle has extended his support to the victims of recent devastating floods in Mepe, Volta Region. This benevolence act, which serves as a beacon of hope in these challenging times, is part of his annual “Love Gift” initiative, where he visits communities, fellowships with them, and makes generous donations. (more…)

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Busta Rhymes features Blackway on “The Return of Mansa Musa” off his new album “BlockBusta”



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Busta Rhymes dropped his new highly anticipated album “BlockBusta” executive produced by Swizz Beatz , Pharrell , Timbaland, and Busta Rhymes himself.

On an album featuring many of today’s stars including Burna Boy, Giggs, and Quavo; one of Ghana’s brightest US based stars found himself contributing to two records on the album. Blackway can be found delivering a shoutout to Accra on the hook of track number 10 “The Return of Mansa Musa” featuring Blackway and Swizz Beatz. You can also find Blackway’s real name in the writers credits for song number 12 “Open Wide” ft Chris Brown and Shensea produced by South African producer Anatii .

Blackway’s  first collaborated with Busta Rhymes when he featured on the legend on his 2020 single “Intense” produced by Ghana’s MikeMillzOnEm off of Blackway’s project New Yhana 2. Blackway told us,  “A lot of people thought that me and Busta only worked on that one record when really we’ve been working on music together for years” “It’s an honor any time I get to work with a legend that I grew up listening to…”

Blackway has been heating up this year with more new music, more TV and movie soundtracks, and popping up on a lot of guest features here and abroad. Let’s continue to support Blackway as he  reps us proudly


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Darkua delivered an unforgettable MOSAIC Performance



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Ghanaian Afrofusion Artist Darkua’s electrifying performance at Gold Coast Report’s podcast festival MOSAIC was a true spectacle to behold. (more…)

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Spotify Wrapped: The Music Moving Ghanaians in 2023




Ghanaians are well-known for their generosity and hospitality not just to family and friends but also strangers. This year’s Spotify Wrapped data shows the extension of this spirit of openness to  their musical preferences too.


Over the years, Ghanaians have cultivated a distinct musical identity by not only championing local talents but also embracing a diverse range of global sounds, transcending genre boundaries and national distinctions.


“Spotify Wrapped 2023 unveils a nation that doesn’t just consume music but actively participate in a worldwide celebration of creativity, proving that with music, Ghana’s arms are wide open, welcoming the world to join in its musical diversity,” says Spotify’s head of music for Sub-Saharan Africa, Phiona Okumu.



Spotify Wrapped is a richly data-sourced annual round up of streaming habits of Ghanaians, showing evidence of the top artists and musical tastes for the year.


As the nation continues to honour its local talent, the music taste of the citizens has transformed into a lively, diverse, and thriving hub of creativity. Ghanaians support their musicians not in isolation but as part of a global conversation, where borders blur, and cultural exchange thrives.



Ghana’s reigning Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Artist of the Year, Black Sherif takes the crown as the most streamed Ghanaian artist in Ghana, leading a cohort of celebrated talents like Sarkodie and Stonebwoy who took the second and third place respectively.


Black Sherif’s Album The Villain I Never Was  also led the chart on the top streamed album. In crafting this masterpiece of 14 tracks, Black Sherif poured his heart and soul into every note, embodying virtues of originality, honesty, hope, and pain with so much dedication.


Claiming the coveted title of the most streamed Ghanaian song, King Promise’s Terminator secured the top spot. Following closely were Black Sherif’s Konongo Zongo and Oil in my Head, echoing the sentiment of pride and affection for locally cultivated sounds.



Topping the list of most streamed artists in Ghana is Asake, followed by the African giant Burna Boy. Black Sherif, the breakout sensation who keeps making a mark also secured a solid third spot, while familiar names like Davido, Drake and Omah Lay were all in the top 10 list capturing the spirit of the Ghanaian hospitality experience.


Ayra Starr leads the pack as the most streamed female artist in Ghana and the only female artist in the top 10 most streamed artists. International icons like Rihanna and SZA also found a place in the hearts of Ghanaian listeners as they placed second and third place with the Grammy-nominated Tems making her mark in the rankings.



At the forefront of this year’s Spotify Wrapped are Ghanaian artists who have emerged as true ambassadors of Ghana’s musical brilliance. Amaarae, Black Sherif, and KiDi lead the roster as the most exported artists captivating audiences worldwide with their unique styles and transforming their music into a cultural bridge that unites listeners across continents.


The most streamed songs in Ghana tell a story of joy, reflection, and celebration. Leading the charge was Ruger with his hit Asiwaju. Followed by Asake’sLonely At The Top’ which proved that even at the pinnacle of success, it’s the power of great music that truly connects and comforts.


At the forefront of Ghana’s most streamed throwback songs is the legendary Daddy Lumba, whose timeless hit Aben Wo Aha continues to echo through the streets and homes in the country. His other songs, Akoma Da Akoma So, Menya Mpo, and Theresa all featured proudly in the top throwback list transcending generations, illustrating his enduring influence on the Ghanaian musical landscape.



Here’s what the Spotify Wrapped data says about Ghana’s listening habits in 2023:

  • Embracing the joyous spirit of celebration, Ghanaians kick off their festivities from 3:00 pm, coinciding with the onset of the evening, as indicated by the latest Spotify Wrapped data.

  • Unsurprisingly, the peak of music streaming activity aligns with their love for gatherings, with Saturday claiming the top spot as the day when Ghanaians stream the most music.

  • Black Sherif also topped the list of most searched artists, while Rema topped the list of most searched queries in Ghana.

  • Ghanaians evidently refused to be ‘lonely’, choosing instead to embrace Asake’s Lonely At The Top, which proudly claimed its position as the viral song of the year. Nacee’s Aseda –  a celebration of gratitude also found itself in the list of top 10 viral songs in the country.


This year’s Spotify’s Wrapped for Ghana captures more than a list of songs and artists, it captures a celebration of the dynamic and ever evolving spirit of Ghana’s music culture.



Eligible users can access their personalized 2023 Wrapped experience exclusively in the Spotify mobile app (iOS and Android) and also this year, via web view on mobile or Desktop by heading to


Additionally, Spotify has also launched its Wrapped creator experience for podcasters and artists.  With access to their own individualized Wrapped microsite experience, creators can dive into all the ways in which their fans listened this year. Check out Spotify for Artists and Spotify for Podcasters to learn more.

The full breakdown of the top lists is below.






  1. Asake

  2. Burna Boy

  3. Black Sherif

  4. Davido

  5. Drake

  6. Omah Lay

  7. Ayra Starr

  8. Rema

  9. Sarkodie

  10. Stonebwoy

  1. The Villain I Never Was – Black Sherif

  2. Timeless – Davido

  3. Work Of Art – Asake

  4. Mr. Money With The Vibe – Asake

  5. Boy Alone – Omah Lay

  6. Love, Damini – Burna Boy

  7. 5th Dimension – Stonebwoy

  8. Rave & Roses Ultra – Rema

  9. I  Told Them… – Burna Boy

  10. Playboy – Fireboy DML

  1. Ayra Starr

  2. Rihanna

  3. SZA

  4. Tems

  5. Tiwa Savage

  6. Gyakie

  7. Adele

  8. Billie Eilish

  9. Nicki Minaj

  10. Beyoncé






  1. Asiwaju -Ruger

  2. Lonely At The Top – Asake

  3. Xtra Cool – Young Jonn

  4. Soso – Omah Lay

  5. Bandana – Fireboy DML

  6. Rush – Ayra Starr

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I went into hiding because i was ‘fighting’ my label over a couple of issues – Freda Rhymz




Ghanaian rap sensation, Freda Baffour Awuah, otherwise known as Freda Rhymz has detailed reasons why she has been out of the music scene for close to two years. (more…)

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Singer Rudeboy urges celebs to invest for brighter future




Rudeboy, also known as Paul Okoye from the legendary Psquare duo, has urged fellow entertainers to invest wisely while in the limelight. (more…)

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