2023 was an electrifying year for Ghanaian music, with a wave of exceptional EP releases that showcased the nation’s diverse and vibrant musical landscape. From Afrobeat to Highlife, HipHop and everything in between, Ghanaian artists delivered a remarkable array of EPs that captivated audiences both at home, Diaspora, and on the global stage. These releases not only celebrated the rich cultural heritage of Ghana but also pushed artistic boundaries, cementing the country’s position as a hotbed of musical innovation. Join us as we delve into the top Ghanaian Eps of 2023 (in no particular order).
📌 Kelvyn Boy – For the Kulture EP
“For the Kulture” (FTK) EP is a 7-track offering that sees Kelvyn Boy firmly solidify his stand as a topmost Ghanaian Afrobeats talent. The EP blends Afrobeats, Highlife, and more – from ‘Roma’ to ‘Getting Better’ to ‘Anti So’, all through the 7 tracks of the project the singer laces infectious instrumentals with dextrous melodies, creating earworm after earworm of Afropop goodness.
📌 BRYAN THE MENSAH – Detour EP
“Detour” by BRYAN THE MENSAH is a 5-track EP that explores the theme of love from various angles. Bryan bravely shares his personal experiences with love, highlighting heartbreak, growth, and transformation. The EP underscores the importance of recognizing one’s worth in relationships, as seen through tracks like “Finally,” “If I Love You,” and “Something.” What sets this EP apart is Bryan’s journey towards finding a profound love through his faith in Christ. The final tracks, “Deliver” and “Not Enough,” showcase his spiritual journey and how it has impacted his view on love. The EP reflects BRYAN THE MENSAH’s evolution as an artist and his profound exploration of the complexities of love.
📌 E.L – The Teacher EP
Ghanaian Music maestro, E.L. released his EP titled “The Teacher ”on September 8, the project showcases the Ghanaian rapper’s commitment to being more active in the scene. The EP Blends Azonto, Hip-Hop, Amapiano, and Pop Rap. “The Teacher” showcases E.L.’s dedication to constantly improving while serving palatable music. It sees the rapper fuse Azonto with other genres, displaying his versatility as an artist.
📌 DopeNation – Ghanapiano EP
“GhanaPiano”, the 7-track EP emerges as a testament to DopeNation’s creativity and mastery in crafting infectious melodies that effortlessly cross genres. The EP showcases the twin duo’s exceptional songwriting and production prowess, fusing the vibrant rhythms of Ghana with elements of the Highlife, Afrobeat, and Amapiano genre, resulting in a harmonious fusion they’ve aptly coined “GhanaPiano.”
Each track on the EP carries its own distinctive flavor, offering a rich canvas of emotions and stories that reflect the intricacies of life and the vibrant culture of Ghana. “GhanaPiano” promises to take listeners on an unforgettable musical journey that transcends borders.
📌 Amerado & Strongman – Young and Strong EP
‘Young And Strong’ showcased the remarkable chemistry between Amerado and Strongman, who have seamlessly blended their unique styles and lyrical prowess to create a memorable musical experience.
The EP boasts an impressive lineup of renowned producers, including Atown TSB, IzJoe Beatz, and Tubhani Muzik. Together, they have crafted a collection of captivating beats that perfectly complement the artists’ distinctive flows, making “Young And Strong” a true masterpiece of sound.
Each track on ‘Young And Strong’ delves into diverse themes, offering a mix of thought-provoking lyrics and infectious rhythms that will undoubtedly resonate with audiences worldwide. From powerful social commentary to personal reflections, Amerado and Strongman pour their hearts into every verse, leaving an indelible impact on listeners.
📌 Kwame Yesu – The Last Supper
The title of the EP was a clever wordplay on Kwame Yesu’s name, where “Yesu” means Christ. Just as the Last Supper in Christian tradition marked the beginning of something greater, Kwame Yesu’s “The Last Supper” served as a prelude to the remarkable journey ahead in his musical career.
Kwame Yesu’s adept rapping style shines through on all six tracks of the EP. He delves into a range of themes, providing insight into his dreams, mindset, circle of friends, and lifestyle through wordplay and his signature laidback rapping style.
📌 Br3nya – “Innit Innit Girl”
This mixtape not only showcases Br3nya’s musical versatility but also pays homage to her heritage and culture, weaving together diasporic sounds that create a unique and captivating blend of music. With tracks like “Outside”, “Us,” a collaboration with afrobeats sensation Tay Iwar, Br3nya’s mixtape is a testament to her ability to effortlessly navigate various genres and styles.
“Innit Innit Girl” is more than just any normal project; it’s a musical journey that celebrates the richness of Br3nya’s heritage and her innate ability to connect with her audience. It’s a blend of sound, culture, and personal expression that resonates on a profound level.
📌 Efya – No More Tears EP
This musical masterpiece, comprising four emotionally charged tracks, takes listeners on an intense and transformative journey, weaving together Efya’s personal triumphs over trials, tribulations, heartbreak, and the profound lessons learned along the way.
“No More Tears” EP chronicles Efya’s remarkable inner journey, exploring themes of self-love, resilience, and growth. Each song is a testament to Efya’s unwavering spirit and her determination to rise above the challenges she has faced. From the depths of a broken heart to the heights of renewed confidence and self-belief, Efya wears her vulnerability proudly, inspiring others to embrace their own stories of healing and empowerment.
📌 Sofie – Waves In The 233
This musical masterpiece, “Waves in the 233” by Ghanaian singer-songwriter and producer Sofie, weaves a beautiful coming-of-age tale, narrated through six enchanting Afrobeats songs. With its diverse and vibrant instrumentation, the EP explores profound themes of love, hardship, rebirth, perseverance, and change, guiding listeners on a journey that emanates the spirit of Accra, Ghana, where the culture thrives and the energy soars.
📌 Demmi & Rie Osei – Sugar and Spice EP
“Sugar & Spice” EP was a collaborative project between Demmi and American-based Ghanaian vocalist, Rie Osei. This project represented a significant transition in the Afrobeats singers’ approach, as they embraced their uniqueness with a distinguished production comprised of melodies, percussion, and varied baselines that Demmi creates himself.
From the lyrics to production to mastering, you can see their fingerprints on every aspect of this record, and that’s how they like it. As for Rie Osei, she’s been working behind the scenes diligently to amass an arsenal that she is ready to share with the world. Get ready to be transported to a world of love, passion, and self-discovery by the bold and fiery sounds of Demmi and Rie Osei.
📌 99 PHACES – So We Made A Tape
Released in March 2023 “So We Made a Tape (SWMAT)” by Ghanaian music Collective 99 Phaces was a follow-up to their first Single ‘Kiddie time‘ which had a good reception. “A single voice can easily be drowned out, but a choir of passionate creatives cannot be silenced for too long, so we made a tape.” – The team shared.
The album is the embodiment of the individual journeys the members of the collective have taken in their young music careers. In a world burning with creativity, it can sometimes be difficult to get yourself seen or heard. Over time they have come to realize that they can achieve so much more by creating a community, a movement if you want to drive change.
This is the goal of the collective and the tape by extension. To inspire other creatives to move together as one to reach their goals and dreams. SWMAT is a tape with a little bit of something for everyone. Afrobeats, Alte, and Hip-hop are some of the elements that make up the sound of the project. Just as the artistes involved in the project; Freddie Gambini, Moffy, CozyPols, Mēl, Insvne Auggie, and the sole non-member featured artiste Baaba J, have diverse influences and sounds, the songs reflect exactly that.