2019 presented a long list of artists who flabbergasted music enthusiasts with the kind of music they fed the masses with. But 2020 promises something beyond the accepted standard of doing things. So I decided to sieve out a selected few of acts who amassed much attention from the general public last year. These artists mean beyond the obvious.
Below are top 13 new Ghanaian acts to look out for in 2020 and why you should pay critical attention to them;
The value and volume of work she put into her debut album “BRIGHTER SIDE” is a clear indicator of what she aspires to be and do in the very near future. Even though she might not have played many “Popular” shows she was found on very prestigious stages eg. Stanbic Jazz festival, Ghana World music festival, African Legends Night, to mention a few.
Her music genre and style are more popular on the international music market, and thus she and her team are quietly pulling the right plugs, and its just a matter of time that all will be duly exposed. Her team plans of putting out some collaborations within this year which will surely see other artists camps gelling with her brand. Her upcoming projects and strategies tells a serious and vision focus attitude that if all goes well shall earn her a lot of corporate attention and deals.
2. Pam Official
Her sound is versatile, all her songs have a unique element to them. She’s unique and doesn’t sound like any artist on the Ghanaian scene. Working directly with producers to pen down lyrics to her songs has made her a genius at what she does.
She can actually read music in two clefs and play the tenor sax at one point and the bass. Since she’s multinational, she brings an American vibe and swag to her music. She comes of as a free spirit brand. She looks forward to work with so many artists from different countries as well as project Ghana. As an artist she finds languages to be beautiful. Therefore she aspires to connect with the world through music and languages.
Blessed with a unique style and powerful voice, she doubles as a health professional ‘nurse’ and artist. Her love for music has pushed her to pen beautiful lyrics spiced up with titillating melodies to feed music freaks particularly those who suffer heartbreak. Her songs are so inspirational. She has wonderful packages coming up for her fans. She sings to refurbish broken souls and have a lot to educate the masses on to support their physical health.
Larruso flamed up to become a household name upon releasing his value trending street anthem “Killy Killy”. He went ahead to balloon the heads of music hounders with the remix when he featured multiple award winning act Stonebwoy and leader of the new skuul music Kwesi Arthur.
The lad has created style to his music coupled up with satisfactory stage performance. The kind of music he does feeds the street. He has won the heart of the street because he opens his arms to fans anytime any day. Every record he puts out is a potential banger, he keeps improving on his craft.
5. Pzee Fire
Inspired by Pan-Africanist Kwame Nkrumah, PzeeFire is an alternative rapper/singer from Nigeria who combines different genres of music with an authentic African vibe to produce his unique Afrofusion sound. He is very picky with the instrumentals he uses so if you appreciate good music you would definitely love to have all his songs.
He makes sure his listeners get the best quality in terms of vocals and clear speech. Everyone can tell what he’s saying without stressing. His music always has a message. It speaks to one of numerous issues he faces himself as a person. Aside just speaking to issues, his music is truth reveling. He has always thought of music as a medium to spread truth & positive vibes. Truth about our culture, our people. You can be assured of top quality production, mixing & mastering, so if you’re a true lover of good music, you’d find his songs pleasant.
Camidoh is a great vocalist who falls under the umbrella of acts ladies love to listen to all day everyday. His songs are full of love stories, suspense, emotions and what have you. Fans are already in anticipation for his yet to be released songs. They can’t wait to have enough of him. As far as I’m concerned, his style of commercializing his songs to put Ghana on the map is the way forward since afrobeats and afrofusion is the trend now. He definitely has a place in the industry.
7. Bosom Pyung
Inspired by heartbreak, Bosom Pyung is now a hero at what he does. He became a social media sensation immediately after he was spotted performing “Ataa Adwoa” in a video. A tweet from African’s rap god Sarkodie went viral. Since then the young champ has become a news item. His creativity, style, brand and genre of music he does is second to none.
8. Quamina MP
Best known for his party banger “Amanfuor Girls”, It’s obvious that he has been able to entertain a lot of people with his music within this short period of breaking out. This is enough reason to expect more in the coming years. Listeners have experienced more of the “party” side of his music. Expect some romantic vibes from him.
He records different music all the time, fresh pure vibes. And it always gets better so the best is yet to come. Music has always been his dream, passion and second life. He is here to stay with the support of fans. So they should expect nothing but good music from him. Most importantly he has an unflinching desire to contribute his quota towards putting Ghana on the map.
9. Kenny Ice
He emerged as the “Artist Of The Year ” at Volta Music Awards 19. As a rapper/hiphop artiste, his originality is his trademark. By not following trends, he creates trends. He sounds like his original self and has created his own unique style, making his sound worth listening to. His music always carries a message. It’s either he’s showcasing his lyrical dexterity on a song or he’s touching on an important issues.
He stands to be the first hiphop artiste doing music with the very unpopular (adzah) language and still able to take it commercial. Hereby drawing a lot of attention to how unique our language sounds and making people love and accept it. As performer, when he mounts on stage, he serves the purpose and leave the masses asking for more. Together with his team, their working on bringing back his annual concert which started years back.
People have the notion that, artists are not sociable. This drives most fans and well wishers away so Keeny Ice has personally made it a point to break that notion by freely socializing and mingling devoid of the business.
Rowan’s lyrical dexterity, songwriting skills and his ability to switch from his mother genre (reggae/dancehall) to other genres without stress makes him one of the best when it comes to melodies. He has powerful vocal ability and strength.
11. Demzy Bwoy
He’s a forthcoming versatile reggae dancehall artist who resides at Tarkoradi. Because he has a different vibe, style and approach to music, he stands tall as a promising act ready to make a mark. Music fanatics should pay close attention to his music because he is full of melodies, deep lyrics that inspire that crops from real life experiences. I believe he has what it takes to burst in the music scene. As a believer, he’s determined to do the work of God by touching souls through music.
12. Kwame Dame
He was part of the selected few who made it to Sarkodie’s hip hop banger “Bibiba”. After getting the spotlight, he took up the mantle without slowing down. He tells stories through his music. Listening to his music comes wild pictures of what’s happening in his mind. The kind of music he does talks about reality. He opens up to the core whenever he voices on a record.
His music is versatile, he does all kinds of genres depending on his inspiration. As a curious person, he experiments a lot so you’ll never get bored with his songs. His music videos are works of art. It has deep meanings and tell stories. Aside that, he’s very passionate and always put out the best content. All his songs comes with a concept. As a kid from the slums he put all the influence in his songs and video so others who aren’t from his side of the world can relate.
The message and creative aspect of his music makes him a brainiac by all standard. Coming from a sound production background, Wakayna has fully launched off as an artist ready to make a mark. He’s more of a commercial act rooted in afrobeats and other genres.
The ulterior motive behind the above lists is to make these acts known to the public. These acts deserve more attention, If you find this article helpful, please share it so we can reach as many people as possible
Story by: John Claude Tamakloe