The 2015 Ghana Social Media Rankings conducted by Avance Media and CliQAfrica in Partnership with Dream Ambassadors Foundation GH, Royal Scene Media and GetGhanaOnline has been completed. Among other lists released is that of Most Influential Ghanaian Musicians on Social Media.
According to CliqAfrica, the Facebook Pages, Twitter Handles, Instagram Accounts and YouTube Channels of the musicians were monitored throughout the year. The criteria for ranking included the number of followers, likes, mentions, post reaches, and engagements gotten by each of the musicians on the mentioned social media platforms.
Once again, the multiple award winning Ghanaian rapper, Sarkodie topped the list. Sarkodie’s superior fame was verified through various social media followings and topics that placed him in the news in 2015. One of the most famous among them is his collaboration with US Rapper, Ace Hood.
Following keenly for the first time on the list is Gospel Superstar, Herty Borngreat who has kept her page very active with various Faith Declaration posts which gives her great interaction with followers.
Below is a table showing their various scores with which the conclusions were made:
With analysis from the 2014 rankings, Sarkodie retains his Kingship, with Bisa K’Dei, Sonnie Badu and 4X4 axed out because of low activities on their accounts. New entrants Herty Bongreat, Stonebwoy Burniton and EFYA have gathered enough results from their following and engagement across all social media platforms as Okyeame Kwame was displaced from number 4 to number 10, and M.anifest moving from 7 to pick the 3rd spot.
Other highly potential entrants for next year include: Becca, Reggie Rockstone, 4X4 and D-Black
Final Data used for all Rankings were recorded on the 28th of December, 2015 and Figures (GSMR Score) on the attached chart are calculations from Social Media followings, Engagements, Post Reaches and Mentions.
Through Observations and Feedbacks on our rankings for 2014, we came up with the GSMR score, with a formula derived from various followings on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube with data on Engagements, Posts Reach and Mentions.
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Michael Owusu Addo, aka Sarkodie started out as a hard hitting rapper with deadly punchlines; the boy who just wanted to rap. However over the years, through hardwork, Sarkodie has turned into quite a brand with a rising value. With a total number of awards and nominations on the local and international scene reaching about 70 and counting, Sarkodie stands tall among all other Ghanaian musicians of the day.
2. Herty Borngreat
Herty released her debut album titled odo ben ni (Gods wonderful love) on 1st January 2011 and Wapa ho (Cross over) are some of the hit tracks. This album was nominated in four categories in the 12th edition of the Ghana music awards festival. As a new entrant in the scene, received nomination among the gospel song, Best Female Vocal Performer, Gospel Artiste and Discovery of the Year Award, making her the first gospel artiste to receive that kind.
Herty Borngreat is inspired and challenged to take Ghana gospel music to another level. She always say the sky is her starting point. Her philanthropic passion has given her a great vision for the kayaye (street hawkers) in Ghana, since she has faced the tough side of life before.
M.anifest is an award winning Ghanaian rapper and songwriter. He has worked with the likes of Damon Albarn, Flea, Tony Allen, Erykah Badu, and is featured on five songs on the Rocket Juice and The Moon album. In 2015 M.anifest’s single “someway bi” earned him a third place honor in the International Songwriters Competition (ISC). In the same year The Guardian named M.anifest as “the foremost rapper on the continent.”
4. Fuse ODG
Fuse ODG is best known for his 2013 single “Antenna” which peaked to number 7 on the UK Singles Chart. Although this musician of Ghanaian descent is English(as he was born and brought up in London), it never stopped him from gaining fame in his homeland Ghana. Today, he ranks top on the list of most influential Ghanaian musicians.
5. Stonebwoy Burniton
Stonebwoy is the stage name of Livingstone Etse Satekla, a Ghanaian afropop, dancehall and reggae artiste who is also the CEO of Burniton Music Group. He is a BET Award winner, having won in the Best International Act (Africa) section. He also won among other numerous awards, the Artist of the Year in the 2015 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. Many Ghanaians recognize him as one of the leading Reggae and Dancehall artists in the country.
R2bees is one of the top purveyors of Ghanaian hip pop sub-genre hiplife, which mixes rap with sounds of hilife (African pop music) and reggae. In 2012, R2Bees was featured in Forbes’ list of Top 13 African Celebrities to watch in 2013. R2Bees have had the privilege of performing on the same stage with international musicians such as American R&BÂ singers Mario and J Holiday.
The “Refuse 2be Broke” guys have really made an enviable name in the Ghana’s world of music and entertainment. The duo, who started from the scratch has succeeded in carving a niche for themselves which no other musician in Ghana could fit in suitably.
Efya is one of the best live performers in Ghana’s history and the fact that she has a very unique sense of fashion has made her her fan’s favorite. Her consistency from years back also has helped her to become one of Ghana’s greatest and most influential music artists.
Samini is well known for his well orchestrated stage performances. His music style involves freestyling and also being able to perform together with a live band. Samini electric performances come in handy in hyping his audience. His stage performances entail the audience feeling part of a show by singing along with the musician.
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A very talented man with a very necessary dancehall jive to his tune, Emmanuel Samini has captured hearts in this country especially female hearts with his kpoi chants and his gyrating waist. I remember how much he has grown, from his ‘ahusheshe’ collaboration years to becoming one of the most sought after artistes is no mean feat.
She is lauded as Ghana’s best female artiste of all time. She is also known for producing songs that are really inspirational. Efya has had successes over the years and is really well known for her consistency.
10. Okyeame Kwame
Okyeame Kwame is one of the currently most influential Ghanaian musicians on social media musicians. It’s just that he has this mature attitude that make him not to show off, hence many who are not social media friendly do not know how popular he is. His parents wanted him to be a Doctor but his dream was to become a professional musician. He followed his dreams from a very tender age and started writing music right from his primary school days. Music has really brought him fame and fortune.
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