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Uganda’s Bobi Wine charged with ‘annoying’ President

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Ugandan pop star and presidential aspirant Bobi Wine has been charged with intending to “alarm, annoy or ridicule” President Yoweri Museveni.

Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has also been charged with inciting violence after being accused of calling on his supporters to physically harm the president.

The singer denies the charges.

Ugandan pop star Bobi Wine to run for president in 2021

They relate to a rally last year when Mr Museveni’s convoy was allegedly stoned by opposition supporters.

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Bobi Wine is already facing a treason charge over the incident, and is currently out on bail.

If convicted, he, along with 35 others charged with him, could face a sentence of up to life imprisonment.

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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

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

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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

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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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