The Next Generation Of GH Music (Some Few Names)
Ghana music has reached a point where it's possible for it to undergo another evolution. These are some artistes who are initiating that evolution process.
Music is dynamic and we have experienced that for decades (At least as long as I started listening to music)… High-Life music which is the most original genre tied to Ghana, went under lots of transformation. From Palmwine High-Life to Borga Highlife and even now, we see or hear High-Life music going through series of transformations.
The good thing about High-Life music is that, you’ll always feel or hear the original sound somehow no matter the changes it goes through. High-Life music in any stage of transformation will have that lead guitar and bass guitar somewhere. And really, it’s very easy to identify High-Life music when you hear it.
High-Life music moving to the Hip-Life stage made a stubborn transformation and went “wayward”. Hip-Life became a revolution than a transformation. The Hip-Life genre introduced new sounds and totally ditched the High-Life rhythm, brought in a new lifestyle which was more appealing to the younger generation. The genre started a whole generation and made Ghana listen to lots of new artistes and sounds!
Hip-Life has become more like a culture than a genre. In the days of Reggie Rockstone, Native Funk Lords, Lord Kenya, Obrafour, Jay Dee, M3nsah, Akyeame, Ded Buddy (
Patapaa… Naa just kidding lol) and many others, we got used to a particular sound and almost similar concepts. But all changed when the second generation took over which emerged with a new sound steered by Da Hammer of the Last 2. That generation includes Sarkodie, Okra, Edem, Kwaw Kese, and others…
The new generation of Ghana music is finally here and these artistes are displaying diversity in their respective worlds. They have given birth to alternative music which has made them unique and refreshing. If you are looking for the new era of Ghana music, look for names like Medikal, B4Bonah, Kwesi Arthur, Ayat, Worlasi, Akan, Slim Biggie, Boss Bouncy, Obibini, Amerado, Kwesi Slay, Ko-Jo Cue, Shaker, Shaimi and few others took rap music to a new level and the future looks scary already!
These artistes have their own agendas and they are executing them tactically. It’s time for the young lords to take over and I think the signs a very clear now. My prayer is to see them cracking the world open and artistes elsewhere looking up to them and admiring their fresh talents from afar. If you are outside Ghana or Africa, check these artistes out and you’ll understand. If you are Ghanaian, add names of some of the new generations you know in the comment box.