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Pulse List Top 10 artistes of the year 2016 (so far)

Pulse Music editor, David Mawuli brings you 10 artistes who have so far made success in the first half of the year 2016.

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Like every year, the music industry sees improvement – from both old and new artistes. This year has been good so far with new artistes making early entrance.

Aside Lynx Entertainment’s MzVee first ever BET Awards nomination, we have witnessed many crossed the shores of Ghana to make the country proud. Fast rising rap artiste, Koo Ntakra, made his first international stage at this year’s Midem festival held in Cannes, France. Other top stars like Shatta Wale, Sarkodie, Efya and Bisa Kdei have earned international awards nominations.

Unlike like last year, the industry has recorded only a few hits so far. Mid last year recorded over 10 hit songs but mid this year has just a few.

Dancehall musician, Shatta Wale, dominated the first half of last year with several hits but he is yet to make two or three this year though he has released over 20 songs so far.

Also, this year has recorded lyrical battles. The first one occurred between Shatta Wale and his arch rival, Samini but ended abruptly. Criss Waddle took on Shatta Wale for stealing just a title of his song. They traded disses on new singles.The latest is Sarkodie and E.L. His supposed diss song titled “Bossy” was directed at E.L but we are yet to get a response from the BBnZ Live rapper.

On this note, David Mawuli brings you 10 artistes who have so far made success in the first half of the year 2016. (List in descending order).

10. Medikal

Rapper, Medikal play

Rapper, Medikal



The AMG Business record label artiste started this year on a good note. The talented rapper surprised everyone with a Hip-hop jam called “Connect”. The rapper managed to mimic 7 top Ghanaian rapper on the track. Aside that, he has been featured on several tracks including Joey B’s comeback hit titled “Connect” and Edem’s “Egboame”.

9. E.L

EL is VGMAs 2016 Artiste of the Year play E.L (Instagram)


After winning the “Artiste of the Year” at the 17th edition of Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, he has dropped two hit songs so far. The BBnZ Live artiste recently released the video for his second hit “Kaa Bu Ame”. He also put up an impressive performance at this year’s Tigo Ghana Meets Naija mega concert though he had a few lapses during his performance due to technical issues.

8. Edem

Edem performing on stage play Edem (Instagram)


VRMG label owner, Edem, has had an impressive year so far. He has dropped two hits so far. After his Hip-hop jam “Egboame” madegood airwaves, Edem lined up top young rappers Gemini, Medikal, Teephlow, Bebelino, AYA, Mac M, Darko and Cabum on its remix.

7. Criss Waddle

Rapper, Criss Waddle play Criss Waddle (Facebook)


The heated beef between Criss Waddle and Shatta Wale gave Criss some good exposure in the first half of 2016. His diss track which many claim it’s better than Shatta Wale’s diss track is making good airwaves. Hope he continues.

6. Ohemaa Mercy

Ohemaa Mercy - Wobesan Asore play Ohemaa Mercy


So far, the only Gospel artiste making impressive airwaves in Ghana is Ohemaa Mercy. She has been everywhere performing and releasing good tracks. Her latest hit “Wobesan Asore” finally has a video.

5. Joey B

Joey B play Joey B


There is nothing better in the first half of 2016 than Joey B’s triumphant comeback. After staying away for so long, he bounced back with two instant hits. He tracks; “FOH” and “U x Me” are everywhere. He has also hinted that he has an album called “89” scheduled for release this year.

4. Pappy Kojo

Rap artiste, Pappy Kojo play Pappy Kojo (Instagram)


Despite losing out the 17th edition of Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, the Ameyaw Debrah Media artiste is making 2016 an impressive year. He became the first artiste to produce a hit song. His hit track “Awo’a” is still trending and his latest called “Nyame Bra” is getting some good reviews online.

3. Stonebwoy

Dancehall artiste, Stonebwoy play Stonebwoy (Instagram)


Stonebwoy has dropped two hits; “People Dey” and “We Made It” so far. He has been seen performing from one stage to another and been dropping some pretty impressive tracks.

2. Shatta Wale

Dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale play Shatta Wale (Instagram)


Shatta Wale has dropped over 20 songs so far. Aside his popular tracks; “Bie Gya” and “WMT”, the Dancehall musician has been performing from one stage to another. He has also announced his Europe tour which will start in a few weeks.

1. Sarkodie

Sarkodie in "Take It Back" music video play Sarkodie (YouTube)


Sarkodie is currently the boss. Aside his hit tracks; “Take It Back” and “Bossy”, Sarkodie has performed in the States and will be joined by E-40 to rock Canada in a few weeks. Sarkodie single handedly made E-40’s hit “Choices” popular in Ghana, paving way for others to hop on it.

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