Top Ghanaian artistes who ruled 2018

From controversies to showstoppers, 2018 bred yet another set of industry’s shot callers. It’s been an amazing year for most artistes and the industry as a whole.

Kuami Eugene

Just like every year, 2018 has been full of controversies and beef as well as some good music and impressive stage crafts.

Even though the year started with a big blow – the death of afro-dancehall genius Ebony Reigns – it ended with good vibes from all corners of the industry.

On this note, let’s show you Ghanaian musicians who ruled the year with the hottest jams, crazy stage appearances and created buzzes.

Wendy Shay

One of the most underrated artistes of this year is RuffTown Records latest signee, Wendy Shay. Her introduction was met by enormous criticisms – with the majority linking her brand to the late Ebony Reigns.

But little did critics know that she would become the biggest female songstress of the year with just 6 months in the game.

She set the game ablaze with her debut hit, titled “Uber Driver”. She followed up with “Bedroom Commando”, “Astalavista”, recruited Sarkodie and Kuami Eugene for “Psalm 35”, “The Boy Is Mine” and concluded the year with a hot dance jam “Masakra”.

Not only has Wendy dropped hits, but she has also been among the busiest artistes of the year when it comes to stage performances – plus, dominating the headlines.

Aside from her ‘bedroom scandal’, she has had a good year.

Her maiden annual solo concert is scheduled for Sunday, December 23, 2018, at the La Pleasure Beach in Accra.

Kwesi Arthur

One of the industry’s biggest blessings and saviours – Kwesi Arthur – arrived at the right time, at the right place.

The Tema native from an underground movement last year and captured everyone’s heart with his infectious sounds.

The BET Awards nominee dominated headlines, dropped hits after hits including one of the biggest songs of 2018, titled “Woara”, featured on hit tracks and moved from one stage to another.

He has worked with almost all the hottest artistes this year including Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Medikal, KiDi and M.anifest.

Medikal

Another busy artiste of the year, Medikal turned what seems to be a negative publicity stunt to his advantage, dominating headlines and boosting streaming figures.

He kick-started the year with a banger, titled “For You” featuring highlife musician and regular collaborator Bisa Kdei.

In the 3rd quarter of this year, Medikal shocked everyone when he ditched his long-time girlfriend and another regular collaborator, Sister Deborah for YOLO actress Fella Makafui.

Even though many critics believed the sudden switch of partners could hurt his sprouting career, he rather enjoyed the positive side than the negative.

He completely dominated the year with not just headlines but massive hit songs and collaborations coupled with uncountable stage appearances and award nominations.

His end-of-year concert dubbed “The Connect Concert” is scheduled for December 21, 2018, at the West Hills Mall, Weija, Accra.

Kuami Eugene

It’s obvious that Kuami Eugene dominated the year 2018. No need to explain or even drop figures to buttress this plain fact.

It’s been another interesting year for the 2018 VGMA “Best New Artiste” and “Highlife Artiste of the Year” award winner.

He kick-started the year with a “Confusion”, then “Never Carry Last”, then “Walaahi” and concluded the year with his debut album “Rockstar” and a concert.

Aside from a couple of features, Kuami Euegen has been busy, moving from one local to another international stage.

Shatta Wale

2018 without Shatta Wale would have been the most boring year in the history of Ghana music. And of course, he made it a memorable one.

It was a slow start for him but around the 2nd quarter, he turned things around with two hits, “Gringo” and “Thunder Fire”, with controversies in the mix.

Shatta Wale hasn’t been too busy this but it’s safe to say he dominated the year.

Aside from dropping his much-hyped album “Reign” and making history on the Billboard Charts, Shatta pulled a massive crowd to his album concert and did same during his subsequent international album tours.

Stonebwoy

The busiest artiste of the year so far. It’s been a smooth year for Stonebwoy but a hectic one because I am not sure if he had had a night of sleep since January.

He kickstarted the year on a good note – with some vibes from his 2017 released album, “Epistles of Mama”.

He went on tour – taking on over 17 international stages including making history in Jamaica as the first Ghanaian musician to perform at the Reggae Sumfest stage in Montego Bay.

While dropping new hits like “Tomorrow” and “Enemies” with Asamoah Gyan, he managed to shoot a couple of classic music videos off of his “EOM”, appeared on the Billboard Charts for the first time, held another “Ashaiman to the World” concert and would be concluding the year with “Bhim Concert” at the Fantasy Dome, Trade Fair Centre on December 28, 2018.

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