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HOW GHANA IS NOT LEFT OUT IN THE AFROBEAT CONQUEST OF THE WORLD

by Ayo Olumilua

Ghana also had a huge role to play in the success of afrobeats. Like Nigeria, the sounds that the West African nation emitted became bricks in what has become the musical edifice that the world can’t seem to get enough of.

Amazees

The story of the double-headed beast that is Nigerian and Ghanaian music can be traced back to the ’60s.
The start of the ’70s heralded the return of Fela Kuti from the UK. By then, there had already been some sonic interplay between Ghana and Nigeria via highlife.

The genre can be traced to both countries, but no one of them can claim exclusive rights to birthing it. In fact, some of Fela’s music was influenced by highlife (even though jazz was clearly the major inspiration for his sound).

As time went by, new generations adopted Fela’s style and added to their own spin to it. Whether it was his insistence on using pidgin and Yórùbá lyrically or his distinct rhythm that invoked images of black pride and heritage, Fela’s influence was inescapable.

From Tic Tac’s collaboration with Tony Tetuila to Wande Coal’s kinship with R2Bees, both countries locked fingers and made magic. These days, artistes like Mr Eazi and Runtown continue to reinforce the bridge between both nations.

Black Sheriff

As a standalone entity, the Ghana music industry also deserves some credit. In modern pop, it produced artistes like Shatta Wale (who made an earth-shattering collaboration with Beyonce), Stonebwoy (who is a dancehall connoisseur), songstress Efya, and a host of others.

If we go back a little further, you will discover the impact that Sarkodie had on pop music with raps that were incredibly catchy. You simply had no choice but to categorize him as a pop artiste because of his mass appeal.

The emerging generations are also gearing to take over the world. For example Amaarae’s music has taken the world by storm and her songs can be heard everywhere from rave parties in Sweden to open concerts in Canada.

Sarkodie

Black Sheriff is also a promising young talent in the pipeline who recently featured with Burna Boy and charted on the Billboard Afrobeats chart.

All in all, Ghana deserves credit for taking Africa’s sound global. Even though Nigeria always seems to get the plaudits, the deep musical history of both nations means this was definitely not a one nation effort.

It is the culmination of kinship and a link reinforced by decades of mutual inspiration.

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