Increasing Collaboration Between Ghana And Nigeria Artists: Good Move Or A bad One?

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The inevitably spread of music genres across the globe has spawned some excellent musicians and Ghana is no exception to this feat. As the originator of the highlife genre which spread to other African countries such as Nigeria, Sierra-Leone, Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia and others in the 1900s, Ghana set a musical trend that still survives to this day. But it seems that the role has been reversed: now popular Nigeria artists have set a trend that Ghanaian artists are aspiring to follow.

No one can doubt the popularity of Nigerians artists such as D’Banj, 2Face Idibia, P-Square, Wande Coal and 9ice here in the UK. Their music continuously graces our dance floors at many Ghanaian parties as well as clubs. The obvious success of Nigerian music overseas has prompted some prominent Ghanaian artists to learn from their Naija counterparts, and this is being done through a series of collaboration between Ghana and Nigerian artists.

In the past couple of years, we have witnessed some excellent collaborations and remixes of songs between Ghana and Nigerians artists such as ‘Yahooze’ by Olu Maintain ft Okyeame Kwame, ‘Kind of Girl’ by Batman Samini ft Faze, ‘My Love’ by 2Face Idibia ft VIP, ‘Kiss Ur Hand’ by Wande Coal ft R2Bees and the popular ‘Nwa Baby (Ashawo) by Flavour Nabania ft Asem & Stone to name a few.

One noticeable feature about the songs mentioned above is most of them are in English or pidgin English. This undoubtedly contributes to its appeal and popularity, as they can be understood by many Africans and others regardless of where they’re from. Indeed many Nigerian artists sing in English as well as their native tongue. Having said this, Ghana has its own musicians who have a worldwide audience due to this versatility, such as Batman Samini, Kojo Antwi and Rhian Benson.

I am sure many of us were proud to see Batman winning ‘Best African Performer’ at the International Reggae & World Music Awards in New York just this year. However, it can be seen that artists that have continental or international success are few in Ghana. R2Bees recently said in an interview that they’ll be ‘doing Nigerian types of songs’, in other words singing more in English and focussing more on dancehall and hip-hop rather than hiplife. This way, they can appeal to a wide variety of audiences, not just Ghanaians alone.

This direction of making music is increasingly becoming very popular with Ghanaian musicians, who combine hiplife with reggae and dancehall beats. Most notable of these is Batman.

However that this mean that the hiplife genre is on its way out? No way. A new generation of Ghanaian hiplife artists have emerged that are doing wonders for the genre, such as Sarkodie, Bradez, Asem, Richie, Ayigbe Edem and others. With excellent beats and catchy lyrics, these artists are set push Ghana music to next level.

These developments in the music industry can therefore be seen as a good thing: interactions between us and Nigerian artists can help promote Ghanaian music within Nigeria and vice versa. And with new and upcoming artists within the Ghana music industry proving themselves to be a force to be reckoned with, it seems that all round Ghana music is on its way to launching itself firmly on the international music scene.

By:  Benni Moi/GhanaCelebrities.Com/United Kingdom


Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri, Founding Editor
Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri is the Founding Editor of GhanaCelebrities.Com , a Film Critic and a Human Rights Advocate; he holds 2 masters degrees in Law; International Human Rights Law (LL.M) and Legal Practice Course (LL.M) from University of Leicester and Nottingham Law School--and also a degree in Law (LL.B) from University of East London. He's a Professional Truth Sayer and he is the author of the popular eBook “Success is a Right, Not A Privilege.” He currently works at Adukus Solicitors in London--where he uses his legal brains to kick real ass, for the good of clients and humanity. Contact: [email protected]

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  1. Serious chale, its da bitter truth asem be whack. Al da galz at lyx can evn rap better than him.i Dont hate him, jux dont like his rap.

  2. if the collaborations are gonna be hott, then bring it on!!
    should bring a new flavor to the music.
    cool.

  3. But true if da collaborition is very gud, chale u guys shud do more. It strengthens the relationship btwn both countries. Do more

  4. Asem is wack!!!!! charlie, I dont know why guys in the media lyk hyping him?
    da dude is wack!! he is not a hip-life artist, he can neva be one

  5. A-S-E-M !    I like his style. He’s not done much but hey give a broda a chance chale!   Great idea to be going together like that. 

  6. Why are you always crying for your incompetent,I have said it time without number that Nigeria (great Naija) will always rule Africa whether you black Ghanain monkeys like it or not.Nigeria has more talents than any country in Africa why are begging for collaboration from the country you said you are better than I am ashame of you unintelligent ghanains sorry for you.It is only a fool that does not know who is bigger than him or her.

  7. Our music is played all over the world,2face was the first African musician to win MTV Europe music award 2005,he also won MOBO AWARD in London and WORLD MUSIC AWARD in Monaco the same thing to D’banj,P square and other great singers from Naija.Asa music top chart for four months in France and England, aba witin we no go kill ourselves we de too much.

  8. Check out what happened in last year BIG BROTHER AFRICA Naija guy won it ;we have talents nobody can compete with us and we have the money to produce any music,movie or realty tv shows.When forbes put their touch light in Africa and name the richest billinaires in Africa Nigeria produced three billionaires,Dangote,Mike Adenuga and Otedola while other counteries like South africa,Ethiopia and Egypt produced only one person each.Now my question is why is that there was no name from Ghana.Fools do not envy who is bigger than you.

  9. The owners of this site claimed to be in London and they know that Nigerians in London are hotter than Ghanains.Stop comparing us with you guys we are never the same,don’t give yourselves heart attack because of Nigeria issues.

    1. Please Jojo stop this. I am Nigerian too, stop insulting other people an their country. Your country is like your mother and whatever you say about someone’s country is like insulting the person’s mother. Please whatever you dont want to be done to you, dont do it to others. You are busy insulting Ghanaians but they have decided not to insult you back. Who then is more matured?

  10. Idiot wats ur problem? u foolishly want to start anotha Ghana vs Nigeria nonsence, why. Ok u av three billionaires. U av better artists n so WAT? wat has dat got to do wit da article? It was jux a simple question da article is asked, u comment wisely or u shut ur air hole. U r part of da problem Africa is facing. Racist comments n useles uttrances whch couses division amongst dis two countries. Cos of stupid comments another insulting hurling is going to happen. Anyways dis billionairs do they feed u n ur family? my frnd think b4 u speak. HATER OF AFRICAN UNITY.

  11. The collabos ‘re just bringing unity in Africa and I think dat it demands encouragement all over Africa. Abbeyinter4show