Pulse Picks: Top 5 Ghanaian Music Albums of 2021
There is no doubt that these are the best collections (including EPs) delivered in 2021 by Ghanaian artists.
KiDi released the album ‘Golden Boy’ on June 23, 2021. The 14-track album preceded extensive promotion in anticipation of the album.
The “Golden Boy” album is one of the best albums released in recent years, considering the time, money and craftsmanship put into it.
The album features popular Nigerian dancehall artist Patoranking, Ghanaian Joey B and his label mate Kuami Eugene. The album contains a tracklist of 14 songs.
The album, a few weeks after its release on digital platforms, appeared in eight countries on Apple Music’s top albums. These countries are Ghana, Gambia, Dominica, Uganda, Namibia, Nigeria, United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
Clearly, “Touch It” was the biggest song on the album despite a few favorites. ‘Touch It’ has set so many records since its release. The song’s visuals have over 14 million views in 2021 alone. The song made its way into Billboard’s Worldwide Digital Song Sales and peaked at number 20 on the chart.
Ghanaian sensational reggae and dancehall artist Larruso has released his debut album ‘New Gen’ on October 21, 2021. The album shows glimpses of quality work by a breath of fresher who is determined to s ‘to improve.
The album has eight tracks, including New Gen, The Truth, Body, Wolewo, Hit and Run, No Chance, Addicted and High Meditation.
Larruso recruited Manifest, Nigerian Bella Shmurda, Samini, J. Derobie, Kelvyn Boy and Suzzway for his album.
An album that is barely three months old but is already capturing the hearts of music lovers will undoubtedly top the charts and make appearances.
The first song of the album ‘New Gen’ is the best song. The video has over 25,000 views in less than a week.
On July 30, 2021, famed Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie released his highly anticipated album ‘No Pressure’ amid delays. It was his fifth studio album after “Black Love” in 2019.
‘No Pressure’ is a quality album that has never been produced by Sarkodie.
The album has fifteen songs, including Fire Works, Round 2, Jaara, Rollies and Ciggars, Married to the Game, Big Vibrations, Cochella, Deserve My Love, Whipped, I will Be There, No Fuggazy, My Love, Anything, No – Living thing and does not cry.
Apart from Ghanaian bands like Medikal, Kwesi Arthur, Darkovibes, MOG Music, Sarkodie enlisted the services of Wale, Giggs, Cassper Nyovest, Vic Mensa, Harmonize, Oxlade and Benerl for his album.
Just hours after Sarkodie released “No Pressure”, the album peaked at number five on the iTunes Hip-hop/Rap Albums chart in the United States.
In August, “No Pressure” played and held the No. 1 spot for over a week on the iTunes and Apple Music Ghana album charts.
“No Fugazzy” was the biggest song on the music album. The video has more than 1.2 million views on YouTube so far.
For the times we lost – Cina Soul
Cina Soul, released their second extended studio play entitled “For Times We Lost” on September 24, 2021, under the Kla Mayne label.
The EP only features Lynx Entertainment’s KiDi, with whom there have been rumors of an intimate relationship.
“For Times We Lost” is a five-track EP featuring songs like Falling, OMG, Jamestown, Spattention, and Feelings.
Honestly, this is an improvement from her debut EP titled “00:01” which premiered in 2018, which led to her signing with Universal Music Group.
The best song on the album is “Feelings”, featuring KiDi. He has amassed over 300,000 streams on YouTube, a record for her.
Highly rated Ghanaian rapper Linford Kennedy Amankwaa, popularly known as Ko-Jo Cue, released “21 Memory Lane” on October 14, 2021, under BANTAMA BLUES/TML label.
Ko-jo Cue’s new project is a 6 track EP featuring Kelvyn Boy, Efya, Kojo Eyshun, Reynolds The Gentleman and Ricky Tyler.
You Decide, Everybody Knows, Sumo Bo, DBMH, KAMA, and My Ex are the songs on the extended play album.
For me, “Everybody Knows” is the best song on the album – one of the most relevant songs that garnered over 30,000 views on Youtube.