Music is an important form of art in Ghana and globally. However, women are less represented and sidelined in the music industry. In the last decade, the Ghanaian music industry has seen an influx of Ghanaian female artistes taking the music scene by force and changing the narrative of being only backup singers.
Over the years Ghanaian female artists haven’t been accorded the attention and value for their works. Some have and continue to receive negative comments and criticism for their stagecraft. Ghanaian media has overly sexualized female artists, making it difficult for these women to openly express themselves.
However, despite the stereotype, artists like Efya, Becca and Mzbel, owned their craft and made a name for themselves in the Ghanaian music industry creating the blueprint for other female acts to follow.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, we are highlighting 10 Ghanaian female artists who continue to give us the best of music and performances, contributing their quota to the music scene in Ghana.
Jane Awindor , better known by her stage name Efya, is a Ghanaian singer, songwriter, and actress from Kumasi. She is the daughter of Nana Adwoa Awindor, a filmmaker and celebrity host of the late television show Greetings From Abroad. Efya got her first exposure to fame when she participated in the maiden edition of the Stars of the Future talent show.
Her debut mixtape TINT was released on November 11, 2013. It consists of songs that were released between 2011 and 2013.
Efya is one of the best known Live performers in the Ghanaian Music industry, her stage craft and vocal range makes her performance a captivating one.
Watch Efya’s music videos here
Ama Serwah Genfi, known professionally as Amaarae, is a Ghanaian-American singer, songwriter, producer, and engineer known for her work around representation and gender in music. After collaborating with artists like AYLØ, Kay-Ara, Yaw P and putting out a few non-album singles, she released her debut 6 track EP, Passionfruit Summers in 2017. The album features the standout song, “Fluid”, which was complemented by a music video that featured Ghanaian men in drag. Amaarae has since added Stonebwoy, Kojey Radical, M3NSA, Santi, Odunsi, B4bonah and Wande Coal.
On November 12, 2020, Amaarae released her debut studio album, The Angel You Don’t Know. Stream Amaarae’s The Angel You Don’t Know(TAYDK)
Gyakie is a budding musician who also happens to be the daughter of Ghanaian highlife legend Ernest ‘Owoahene’ Nana Acheampong, popularly known as Nana Acheampong, one-half of the famous Lumba Brothers. After breaking the Ghanaian music industry with her “Seed” Ep, Gyakie has been Toping Charts all over the World.
Earlier this year Gyakie’s Seed Ep hit 11 million streams across all media platforms in the space of 5 months, Gyakie also became the only Ghana artist with no Nigerian feature to Top Triller Chart Nigeria with her hit single “Forever.”
Stream Gyakie’s SEED EP
4. Cina Soul
Christie Quincyna Quarcoopome also known in showbiz as Cina Soul is a Ghanaian singer-songwriter and recording artist.
In early 2018, Cina Soul released her first single after her EP, ’00:01′ which led to her being signed by the Universal Music Group. She released her second record and debut single under the Universal Music imprint in August 2019, titled Adukwei. The song, produced by Nii Quaye, is performed in her local Ga dialect, was recorded ahead of the 2019 edition of the Homowo festival.
In 2019, Cina Soul won Best Photography for her video Ojorley and in 2020 Cina Soul won Best Video of the Year for her video Killi Mi.
Watch Cina Soul’s Videos here
5. Wendy Shay
Wendy Asiamah Addo, known by the stage name Wendy Shay, is a Ghanaian Afropop and Afrobeats singer.
She was introduced to music by Rufftown Records Manager Bullet and signed in January 2018 after the untimely death of label mate Ebony Reigns. On 1 June 2018, Wendy Shay released her debut single “Uber Driver”, produced by MOG Beatz. The song was released together with the official video the same day.
Wendy Shay was recently enstooled as the Ahenemba Hemaa of Gomoa Afransi in the Central Region (Ghana) with the stool name Queen Ewurabena Ofosuhemaa Shay 1.
Wendy Shay has won 6 awards both locally and internationally.
Watch Wendy Shay’s video here.
Vera Hamenoo-Kpeda, better known by her stage name MzVee, is a Ghanaian singer, afropop, dancehall and R&B artiste. Her debut solo album features several hit singles including ‘Borkor Borkor’ (meaning – Slowly), ‘Natural Girl’ and ‘Dancehall Queen’. MzVee was signed to the record label Lynx Entertainment and was the winner of the New Artiste of the Year award at the 2015 Ghana Music Awards. She parted ways with Lynx Entertainment in the year 2019.
Stream latest MzVee’s album inVeencible.
Sefa is a Ghanaian singer, songwriter and is signed to Black Avenue Muzik headed by D Black. In 2019 made waves with her hit single “Shuga” which features DopeNation, the video currently has over 2 million views on youtube. Later last year, Sefa under the imprint of Black Avenue Muzik released her debut album dubbed ‘Growth’. The amazing body of work houses 12 beautiful songs and it includes collaborations with Bisa Kdei , Praiz, Fameye , Medikal , Dopenation, Sista Afia , Wendy Shay , Camidoh & E.L.
Watch Sefa’s videos here
Born Jennifer Yaa Akoto Kieck better known by her stage name Y’akoto is a singer-songwriter. In her career, this daughter of a Ghanaian Highlife musician and a German political scientist never opted for the straight, simple path. 2012 saw her breaking through: never one to shy away from politically charged issues, Y’akoto addressed the suffering of child soldiers The song “Tamba” as well as the accompanying debut album “Baby Blues” were met by great acclaim by critics and fans alike.
In 2014, she expanded her repertoire with her sophomore album “Moody Blues”. She gained two nominations as “Best National Rock/Pop Female Artist“ at the ECHO awards, was hailed as “a class of its own” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) by the media and played support shows for artists such as Erykah Badu, Nneka, Asa, Kwabs, and Joy Denalane.
Y’akoto released in 2017 her third Album “Mermaid Blues”.
Stream Y’akoto’s latest Ep, Obaa Yaa Ep.
9. Sister Deborah
Deborah Owusu-Bonsu (born 25 August 1984) better known by her stage name as Sister Derby is a Ghanaian television presenter, musician, model and academic, of Akan origin. Aside from her music career, Sister Derby is one of the few Ghana musicians alongside her brother Wanlov concerned about the environment and our beaches. Sister Deborah and Wanlov the Kubolor both have song together to encourage Ghanaians to recycle. Watch RefuseReuseRecycle.
Born Renie Asi Bampoe Abu known by the stage name Asi Renie is a fast rising Ghanaian singer, songwriter and performer. She is known for her powerful vocals and this can be heard in her project “Chapter V“. Asi Renie recently released ‘Sekbi Legacy,’ a collaborative project between herself and lifestyle and fashion brand Sekbi Bogolan. All the songs were inspired by what Sekbi Bogolan stands for: a new way of approaching the African narrative that evolves between heritage and modernity, and lastly, celebrating diversity. In simple words, the Sekbi spirit and mine were aligned,” explains Asi.
“I tapped into a different side of myself on this project, more rooted and very spiritual!”
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