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Spotify Wrapped: The Music Moving Ghanaians in 2023

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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 Spotify.com/Wrapped.

 

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.

 

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MOST STREAMED ARTISTS IN GHANA

MOST STREAMED ALBUMS IN GHANA

MOST STREAMED FEMALE ARTISTS IN GHANA

  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

 

MOST STREAMED SONGS IN GHANA

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MOST STREAMED GHANAIAN ARTISTS IN GHANA

MOST STREAMED SPOTIFY PLAYLISTS

  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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Prince Sax Releases 4-track “Bitter Vs Sweet” EP

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Singer and songwriter Prince Sax, also known as Prince Moyayah Sackor, has recently unveiled his new 4-track EP titled “Bitter Vs Sweet.” This release marks a significant milestone in Prince Sax’s music career, showcasing his artistic growth and versatility. Born and raised in Liberia, a country renowned for its rich cultural heritage and vibrant music scene, Prince Sax draws inspiration from musical legends like Fela Kuti, Michael Jackson, and Bob Marley, infusing his own distinct sound with African roots and contemporary influences.

Prince Sax’s musical journey began in 2021 with the release of “Welshh,” marking his entry into the music industry as a rapper. Over time, he expanded his skills and developed a more dynamic artistry, allowing him to explore different genres such as Afropop, Trap, and Afrohouse. His versatility in vocal delivery, rap, and performance has earned him the reputation of being an all-rounder in the music industry.

The “Bitter Vs Sweet” EP is a testament to Prince Sax’s evolution as an artist. With four tracks, he aims to captivate listeners with his heartfelt lyrics and infectious melodies, showcasing his unique style and musical prowess. This release serves as a reflection of Prince Sax’s dedication to his craft and his commitment to creating music that resonates with audiences.

As Prince Sax continues to make waves in the music industry, “Bitter Vs Sweet” stands as a testament to his artistic growth and his ability to craft compelling and diverse musical experiences for his listeners.

Preview “Bitter Vs Sweet” EP on Spotify below

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Benerl drops anthemic rap single ‘Diamond’

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Award-winning and immensely talented Ghanaian singer and songwriter, Benerl, is thrilled to announce the release of his first single of the year, titled ‘Diamond’. This anthemic single is set to enrapture music lovers with its exceptional artistry. Stream here: https://onerpm.link/358725410620

‘Diamond’ explores the challenges that today’s youth face, shedding light on pressing issues such as peer and social pressure and its drawback on mental health. Through his poignant lyrics, Benerl empowers young individuals to take control of their lives, embrace each day with resilience and hold onto hope amidst adversity. 

In the writer’s words: “Do you ever feel you have to go through the worst to be at your best? Well, you really do not have to. I am not asking you not to work hard. But while at it, take time to care for yourself. I know they said the pressure makes a diamond. But remember you’re a person not a diamond!”

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Benerl’s unique blend of riveting melodies and inspiring lyrics is poised to enthrall his audience once again. With ‘Diamond,’ he aims to inspire and uplift listeners, offering them a glimpse into his rap prowess and creative depth.

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Apple Music’s ‘The Dotty Show’ to feature Chill Yanos Special

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Apple Music 1’s The Dotty Show’ features Dotty interviewing the artists lighting up Apple Music with the biggest tracks across Hip-Hop, R&B, Afrobeats and everything in between, from across the globe.

 

On the last Wednesday of each month she hosts a special feature on her Worldwide Wednesdays show dedicated to the hottest sounds from around Africa.

 

The first Dotty Show Special of the year is dedicated to Apple Music’s newly launched Chill Yanos playlist and features Kabza De Small, Nkosazana Daughter and Murumba Pitch, as well as an exclusive Africa Now DJ mix from feature artist Rexxie, alongside the hottest new tracks from the hottest rising stars on the continent.

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Tune in and listen to The Dotty Show this Wednesday, February 28th at 2p London / 3p Lagos/Paris / 4p Johannesburg / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1.

Read Also: Apple Music’s ‘The Dotty Show’ to feature Chop Life Special

 

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On Apple Music’s new flagship playlist Chill Yanos, the jazzier elements of Amapiano are spotlighted with tracks from Amapiano pioneer Kabza de Small, Kwazulu Natal-born Amapiano singer-songwriter Nkosazana Daughter and soulful Amapiano duo Murumba Pitch featuring front and centre on this special episode.

 

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Though South Africa’s house scene is dominated by groove-ready tracks, driven by the hypnotic pulse of Amapiano’s log drum, there’s a softer side of the genre that’s a little less turn-up and a little more tranquil, and Chill Yanos provides just that–a backdrop of blissed-out beats and melodic jams to take the edge off.

 

Check out the full episode this Wednesday, February 28th at 2p London / 3p Lagos/Paris / 4p Johannesburg / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1.

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B4bonah Fuses Afrobeats and Dancehall in New Track “Disaster”

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After a three-year hiatus, B4bonah returned to the music scene in 2023 with the tracks “Gb3nz3” and “4m Against.” This year, the Ghanaian artist continues his music release spree with “Disaster.”The track was released on Spotify on January 30 and to other streaming platforms on February 16, 2024. In addition to being his first single of the year, it marks his reunion with his frequent collaborator, Zodivc. The two have worked on several songs together, including “Dear God,” “Jumping Jumping,” and “Work.” 

 

On this compelling fusion of Afrobeats and dancehall, B4bonah shines for over two minutes. On the groovy record, he navigates the complexities of the contemporary world. The track begins with a memorable intro featuring Spanish guitars that immediately grab attention. A prominent element in the track is the electric piano, which adds a unique touch, enhancing the emotional depth of the song. The dancehall groove further infuses an infectious energy, making “Disaster” a noteworthy addition to B4bonah’s discography.

 

Lyrically, “Disaster” is an authentic portrayal of the challenges in the pursuit of success and financial stability. One intriguing aspect of the song’s creation is the revelation that B4bonah recorded “Disaster” on an empty stomach after waiting in line for hours to secure prepaid electricity. This behind-the-scenes glimpse into the artist’s dedication adds an extra layer of authenticity to the narrative embedded in the music.

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B4bonah thoughtfully pours his heart into every note and lyric, conveying a sense of determination and resilience for any struggling person. Serving as a window into the artist’s experiences, it touches on hard work and the pursuit of wealth. The song has the lyrics “sika s3m nti na I’m on the roads tis3 coal tar 3y3 sika naa na y3 di gu so,” which translates to Because of the pursuit of money, I am on the roads; just like coal tar, everything is about money, and we are making progress.” The lyrics express the challenges and struggles of life, emphasizing the importance of money and the desire to achieve financial success. 

 

“Disaster” is a pivotal addition to B4bonah’s discography marked by a fusion of genres and insightful themes. Returning after a hiatus, he maintains his signature style while adding new depth to his work. In the context of his career, “Disaster” becomes a crucial piece in the mosaic, reflecting growth, authenticity, and storytelling. With a career that began to gain prominence with hits like “Dear God” and “My Girl,” B4bonah has consistently showcased his ability to create music that delves into the intricacies of life. The artist’s partnership with producer Zodivc has been instrumental in crafting memorable tracks.

Listen to “Disaster” on your preferred streaming platform.

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Ataaka’s Historic North to the world Concert Sells Out 20k capacity Tamale Sports Stadium

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Tamale, Ghana witnessed a historic moment as musician Ataaka’s concert at the Tamale Sports Stadium sold out, effectively silencing doubters and marking a monumental achievement for the region’s entertainment sphere.

Ataaka’s path to this pinnacle has been one of resilience and unwavering determination. Despite years of skepticism and doubt, he persisted in pursuing his aspirations of achieving a large-scale concert. Fueled by his passion for music and an unshakeable belief in his potential, Ataaka refused to succumb to discouragement.

The announcement of his new album, “North to the World,” and the planned launch concert faced amusement and negativity initially. However, Ataaka remained steadfast in his vision, unwavering in his confidence. On the historic night of the concert, he silenced doubters with resounding success, proving that dreams, no matter how improbable, can be realized through hard work and unwavering belief.

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Ataaka’s triumph transcends personal success; it serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for the entire Northern Ghanaian entertainment industry. The historic sell-out event has the potential to catalyze investor confidence in the region’s creative sector, unlocking numerous opportunities for aspiring artists and fostering a vibrant artistic landscape in the north.

Ataaka’s accomplishment sets the stage for Northern Ghanaian talent to flourish and gain recognition on a national and global scale. While the sold-out stadium stands as a landmark achievement, the positive reception of Ataaka’s album, “North to the World,” on digital platforms further solidifies his artistic merit and positions him for greater heights in his career.

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I WILL RELEASE AN EP ON MY BIRTHDAY THIS YEAR- KOFI KINAATA

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Multiple award winning musician, Kofi Kinaata has confirmed he will release a seven song EP this year.
West Gold as often touted by many of his fans, Kofi Kinaata for over decade in the Ghanaian music space has never released a collection.

However his single records and features have propelled him to be ranked amongst the best musicians in the country and making waves across the globe.

Kofi Kinaata has to his credit the Songwriter of the Year in the Ghana Music Awards for three consecutive times among other prestigious awards.

In spite of these laurels, the Made in Taadi hitmaker, has been under pressure to release a music collection to cement his expertise.

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However speaking in an exclusive interview on Empire FM’s , ShowBiz Today , a weekend entertainment show , Kofi Kinaata ,emphasised that he is unperturbed by such pressure since in his field he is not eager to engage anyone .

He however revealed, “ this year I am releasing an EP on my birthday , 15TH April , I had even wanted to drop it last December but I delayed it.”
“It will be at least a seven song EP, for those who are asking for a body of work”, he added.
He further noted that how the EP performs would determine if he will release an album or not.

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