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14 Top Artists in Ghana Putting the Country’s Music on the Global Stage

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Written by Abraham Odhiambo

The Ghanaian music industry has been growing so fast, thanks to the top artists in Ghana who continue to release great music. From the legendary Nana Kwame Ampadu to modern stars such as Sarkodie and Shatta Wale, these artists have entertained audiences around the world, leaving an indelible mark in the music industry.

In this blog post, we are going to take a look at the top artists in Ghana who have played a role in shaping African music. Whether you’re a fan of music or not, you must have heard some of the names on this list.

1. Sarkodie


Sarkodie. Photo/ NativeMag.

Sarkodie is a world-renowned musician who has not only established himself as one of the top artists in Ghana, but Africa at large. He has been in the music industry for over two decades now and is widely regarded as one of the Azonto genre and dance pioneers.

Sarkodie, who is currently 38 years old, has won numerous awards over the course of his music career, including Artist of the Decade for the Vodafone Ghana Music awards. Some of is most popular tracks include Can’t Let You Go and Azonto Fiesta.

2. Shatta Wale 

Shatta Wale is talented. No debate here. From Afrobeat to hiplife to highlife to reggae, the 39-year-old can sing anything. He had his breakthrough in the music industry in 2014 after releasing the track Dancehall Sing, which made him win the 2014 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.

Shatta Wale

Shatta Wale. Photo/ Punch Newspapers.

3. Stone Bwoy 

Born in 1988, Stone Bwoy is another popular Ghanaian musician who has a huge fanbase because of the amazing hits he has released since getting into the music industry. The Afro-pop and dancehall singer is best known for songs such as Go Higher and Most Original.

4. R2Bees 

Rashid Mugeez and Faisal Hakeem are a hip-hop duo in Ghana known to many as R2Bees. They made their debut in Ghana’s music scene in 2007 and released their first single Yawa Gal the following year. They have since released several tracks and won numerous accolades in the music industry.

5. Fuse ODG 

No list of top artists in Ghana would be complete without Fuse ODG. Born Nana Richard Abiona, Fuse ODG is a very well-known Ghanaian musician who started his journey in the music industry while still studying in England. He is the artist behind the song Azonto, which was very popular in Africa last decade.

6. Black Sherif

Mohammed Ismail Sherif, known to many music fans as Black Sherif, is a Ghanaian singer and rapper. He initially gained popularity in 2021 after releasing the song First Sermon. He followed it up with the Second Sermon that same year and has since released several hits. He was the most streamed Ghanaian artist on Spotify last year.

Black Sherif

Black Sherif. Photo/ NewsNow Nigeria.

7. Samini 

Starting his musical career as a choir singer, Samini grew to become an icon in Ghana’s music scene. The 42-year-old performs different musical styles, including reggae, hip-hop and dancehall. Some of his songs include My Own, Linda and Obaa. 

8. KiDi 

Born Dennis Nana Dwamena, KiDi is another prominent figure in the music industry. KiDi has released several songs, including Mon Bebe, Likor, Enjoyment and Spiritual. The 30-year-old got the attention of many fans worldwide in 2021 after releasing the track Touch It.


KiDi. Photo/ LinkedIn.

9. King Promise 

Born on August 16, 1995, King Promise is an award-winning artist and songwriter who has become very popular among music fans. He is signed to the record label Legacy Life Entertainment and has released several hits such as Oh Yeah, CCTV and Selfish. 

10. Kelvyn Boy 

Kelvyn Brown, better known by his stage name Kelvyn Boy, was born on 1 April 1991. He has been in the music industry for some time and is known for releasing tracks such as On Your Door and My Story.

11. Gyakie

Celebrated for having one of the most powerful vocals, Gyakie stands tall among her peers in Ghana’s music scene. Gyakie is the artist behind viral songs such as Desire, Something and Rent Free.


Gyakie. Photo/ Moziak Magazine.

12. MzVez  

Vera Hamenoo-Kpeda, popularly known as MzVez, is a Ghanaian singer who does afropop, dancehall and R&B songs. She joined a girl band in 2012 and they released Good Girls Gone Bad and Gyani Gyani before splitting the following year. She then embarked on a solo career and has since released several songs which have made her popular.

13. D-Black

D-Black has been in the music industry for over ten years. He is not only one of the top artists in Ghana but also one of the richest musicians in Africa. He made his debut in 2009 alongside Kwaku-t as his rap partner.

14. Efya 

Efya is a multiple award-winning artist has performed for both regular fans and high-profile dignitaries over the course of her career which has spanned over ten years. Some of her top songs include Nothing, Little Things, Best In Me and Getaway.


Efya. Photo/ Daily Post Nigeria.

Who Is Number 1 Artist in Ghana? 

Sarkodie. With several hit songs and collaborations with prominent figures in the music industry, Sarkodie has solidified his position as one of the top artists in Ghana. His music, which is a blend of hip hop, highlife, and Afrobeats, appeals to a wide audience.

Who Has the Most Songs in Ghana?

Ghanaian music icon Nana Kwame Ampadu composed over 800 songs. He is credited for being the Ghanaian musician with the most songs composed.

Who Is the Most Streamed Ghanaian Artist?

According to Wrapped 2023, Spotify’s end-of-year round-up, Black Sherif is the most streamed Ghanaian artist on the platform. Spotify is the most popular audio streaming subscription service in the world with a community of 574 million users.

Which Ghanaian Artist Has Won Most Awards?

The most awarded Ghanaian artist is Sarkodie. The ‘Adonai’ hitmaker has received 110 awards from 206 nominations, including 28 Ghana Music Awards.

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Abraham Odhiambo is a writer with interests in nature, travel, African safari and sports. I'm pursuing a bachelor's degree in Media and Communication at Egerton University.

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