This year’s edition of the annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards was what one would describe as a glimpse into the future of music in Ghana. With the earlier ban on two of the top three biggest names in Ghanaian urban culture and music ‘Shatta Wale’ and ‘Stonebwoy’, the weight of Ghanaian Music rested on the shoulders of rising talents. This year’s event saw young Ghanaian artistes with less than 5 years of experience take the torch and light up the passion in the eyes of many.
Undoubtedly, some of these names were singer KiDi, Fameye, kuami Eugene and Dope Nation. A quick look at these artistes will tell you that Ghanaian music has a bright future. For instance, KiDi who won the award for one of the most difficult categories usually reserved for music big wigs the ‘Album of the Year’, for his work ‘Sugar’, was received by very loud cheers in the auditorium when it was announced by the host. This showed how much Ghanaians have accepted this young talent in particular as leading the path in contemporary Highlife and Afropop music. His album was also accompanied by an entire feature film which illustrated the moods in each song in a first ever musical movie in Ghana with a captivating story line. This is a young talent from Ghana raising the bar in music.
Another lyrical genius ‘Fameye’ who chooses to focus on down to earth youth oriented lyrics which highlight the everyday struggles of the Ghanaian youth from romantic relationships to social responsibilities, is an example of the originality in Ghanaian music. His wide appreciation from Ghanaians has certified the fact that Ghanaians still appreciate original Ghanaian content in music. No wonder he won the ‘New Artiste of the Year’ at this year’s Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.
And just when we thought that the era of musical duos was over, a new group emerged of twins with admirable musical chemistry and charisma. ‘Dope Nation’ made Ghanaians dance for a while by dipping into Afropop catchy rhythms laced with interesting new school rap. And before anyone could say it’s enough, these guys had picked up the award for the ‘Best Group’ and ‘Best Afrobeats Song’ at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2020. Another awards which elicited praises and exciting from the audience.
Finally, singer Kuami Eugene, may have been chastised for winning the ‘Artiste of the Year’ award by some of the fans of his fellow musicians, but the truth remains that Kuami Eugene was the artiste with the ‘cleanest’ lyrics void of sexual or offensive content. He sings to inspire and encourage. His song ‘Open Gate’ and ‘Boom Bang Bang’ are part of his numerous songs which are aimed at improving society and encouraging youth progress.
So, if you want to take a look at what the future of music in Ghana will be in the next few years, just take a look at these foundation blocks and their meaning: KiDi – hard work and talent, Fameye – originality, Dope Nation – Team work, and Kuami Eugene – clean lyrics and consistency.
By Jerry Wonder