In the recent time, the music industry in Ghana has evolved tremendously. Initially Ghana had many styles of contemporary music due to its cosmopolitan geographical position in Africa but these evolved into a much more modern style. Cut throat competition amongst the numerous artists in the Ghanaian music field has seen the emergence of new styles the most prominent being the azonto. Listing the top 10 popular Ghanaian music artistes is a close call due to the competition among artistes in the music industry, but the list below just about cuts it.
Sarkodie undoubtedly tops the list of top 10 popular Ghanaian music artistes. Born as Michael Owusu in 1988, Sarkodie is not only the leading hip life and hip hop artiste in Ghana but also a brand ambassador. Sarkodie is the grandfather of freestyle in Ghana and usually prefers to rap in his mother tongue Twi in most of his songs. One of the major proponents of the azonto style, Sarkodie bagged the best international act in the BET awards 2012 and his album ‘rapper holic’ got 12 nominations and received 3 awards in the 2012 Ghana music awards.
2. Fuse osg
Fuse odg is another artiste that features prominently in the list of the top 10 popular Ghanaian music artistes. Regarded as the pioneer of the azonto style, fuse odg single handedly made azonto an international hit. Initially, the song ‘azonto’ was not such a popular hit but after the release of its video, it gained massive popularity internationally more so in the UK.
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Also commonly referred to as boss of all bosses, paedae is another popular Ghanaian artist best known for his swag. Also known as paedeezy, he had immense love for football and wished to be an international football star but ended up in the music scene. Paedae is also the CEO of the group R2bees
Guru is another Ghanaian artiste regarded as one of the best lyricists and rapper in Ghana. Also known as Che Chede De, guru has produced a number of hits one of the most popular being ‘lapa Toyota’: a hit song done using the acclaimed azonto style
Efyah is a Ghanaian female artiste that features in the list of top Ghanaian music artistes. Also know as Jayne, Efyah is not only one of the best female artists but has also a remarkable stage presence making her the best live performer in Ghana.