TOP 10 Most Influential Ghanaian Music Artists of All Time | Samini In…Shatta Wale Out


In Ghana, there have been several musicians who have eased pain, helped partners make better love, comforted mourning hearts and even more importantly made this country and continent a bit more bearable.

Today I’d like to share with you my list of most influential, male, Ghanaian music artists of all time. I feel the list could be extended to 20 or 50 because there have been some extraordinary talents but I’ve narrowed this list to

10. Sarkodie

Mr. Obidi aka Sark aka money no be problem. First of all considering the fact that he isn’t yet thirty years and where his humble beginnings were, I’ve got to give some credit to this dude. He started out as a hard hitting rapper with deadly punchlines, the boy who just wanted to rap.

However over the years, whether by default or on purpose, Mr. Michael Owusu Addo has turned into quite a brand which we all know as Sarkodie with a rising value. With the total number of awards and nominations on the local and international scene hitting the 70’s and counting, you will assume he should rank higher but not in my list (afterall me na me kura platform no, me na me kasa yetie).

For crying out loud he has 3 albums, that isn’t something I should be excited about. He made it on my list because he has put Ghana on the map whether you like him or not. He seemed to have meandered his way through the crowd to become the forerunner precisely, the colour party Lieutenant of the Azonto Revolution.

Clearly because Ghana as well as many African countries don’t have a music industry, it’s difficult to stay true to oneself by choosing substance over form. I believe he’s compromised the quality he used to deliver because he’s become commercial. I have huge respect for him.

My favourite album of his is Rapperholic. I really don’t think he can beat that album. My little piece of advice? Take a little break and find yourself and deliver a quality album.


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6 thoughts on “TOP 10 Most Influential Ghanaian Music Artists of All Time | Samini In…Shatta Wale Out”

  1. Please Gcc. I don’t know why you’re making this site complicated, why all this scattered photos? Including the continue options? Please it’s boring wai! I believe the old style wasn’t bad!

  2. Given your introduction on what it means to be influential, Daddy Lumba and Kojo Antwi should be 1 and 2 straight up. Maybe interchangeable but 1 and 2. I don’t care about the rest.

  3. I listen to Shatta’s songs n a fan, (not a die hard fan tho) but I don’t see nothing wrong with him not being on this list cs I still think he’s yet to be influential?

  4. I totally agree with this list, Akwasi your understanding of music is quite broad, I think the title is misleading because Shatta Wale has no business in such a list. He might be in the 30’s if there was a 30-man list


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