Bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Guinea to the south, the Ivory Coast in the west, Togo to the east, and Burkina Faso on the north side, Ghana is a country with a very rich culture whose elements especially its music are proof of that.
Gold Coast, as it was formerly known, has produced several gospel artists who have represented their nationalities and flown the black-starred colorful flag as high as could be. These celebrated individuals have also been a huge blessing to the body of Christ not only within Ghana but to the whole of West Africa, Africa, and the whole world.
In this article, we would attempt to highlight a few of them we think you should be listening to right now, to stay at the cutting edge of your catalog of praise-worship ministers and artists.
1. Diana Hamilton
Diana Hamilton needs no introduction as her musical career and ministry has been skywards even till now with her most recently released “Victory Praise”. She is a music phenomenon and a leading voice in contemporary African gospel music. She is a multi-octave and gifted Ghanaian gospel artiste/minister whose vocal ability has positioned her as one of the industry’s best-loved talents.
With a powerful voice and an inspired writer’s hand in music and words, Diana has bagged several major awards. She recently bagged four(4) awards at the recently concluded 2021 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) including ‘Artiste of the Year’, ‘Most Popular Song of the Year,’ ‘Gospel Artiste of the Year,’ and ‘Gospel Song of the Year’. She was also awarded the 2021 Most Streamed Female Act of the Year Award at the 3Music Women’s Brunch.
Diana Hamilton is definitely one to add to your catalog with the many songs from her 4 albums so far.
Her anointed and powerful songs will edify your spirit and soothe your soul.Some of her hit singles include: Moneyo, M’aseda, Others
2. Joe Mettle
Joe Mettle is one of Africa’s finest worship leaders who doubles as a singer-songwriter, gospel recording artist,e and producer. He was the first gospel musician to win the VGMA ‘Artiste of the Year’ award at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards in 2017
Joe Mettle has five albums to his credit including his latest, “The Experience” which dropped in June 2021. Some of his hit songs include “Nhyira” (meaning-Blessing), “Medo Wo”, “Akokyem Nyame”, “Bo Noo Ni“, and “Yesu Adi Nkunim“. Plug into the Joe Mettle world and be enriched with more from his bowels of inspiration.
3. Celestine Donkor
Celestine Donkor is yet another celebrated Ghanaian gospel songstress. In March 2021, she was among the Top 30 Most Influential Women in Music by the 3Music Awards Women’s Brunch. She has five (5) albums to credit including her latest “Agbebolo” (Bread of Life) which dropped in 2019.
In 2020, Celestine defied the odds as she emerges “Female Vocalist of the Year” at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA 2020). She also bagged the “Gospel Song of the Year” Award for her album titled track “Agbeblolo,” featuring Nhyiraba Gideon.
Celestine is the founder of Celestial Praise, an annual Gospel music concert. She has collaborated with the best in the industry; Joe Mettle, Ceccy Twum, Funny Face, Joyce Blessing all her allies. A few of her hit songs include “Bigger” “Turning around”, “Booboo”, “Okronkronhene”, “Manim Nguase” amongst many others.
Celestine Donkor is another pick you should “add to cart” when next you go music-shopping.
4. Akesse Brempong
Phil Evans Akesse-Brempong is a gifted Ghanaian gospel singer-songwriter whose music features a unique blend of traditional and contemporary sounds/elements. The multiple award-winning artiste has collaborated with fellow celebrated Ghanaian gospel artistes like Joe Mettle. Atta Boafo and Mathew Sarpong.
‘Yesore Wo,’ “God is Working,” “No Weed,’ ‘Closer Walk’ and “Blessed” are some of his well-received songs. Akesse Brempong’s passion is “to see the presence of God break loose in our church services and having a direct repercussion on our way of life”
5. Sonnie Badu
Sonnie Badu would perhaps fit better on other lists with his British Nationality by birthplace and base but his Ghanaian root qualifies him to be on this list, having gained massive influence through his songs which connects with his home fans.
Sonnie Badu is undeniably one of the well-respected trailblazers in African gospel music on a global scene with many hit songs and several awards to his credit. A few of his biggest hits like “Baba” and “Wonder God,” gained wide acceptance not only in Africa but all over the world.
With 4 albums to his credit including the most recent widely accepted “Rhythms of Afrika “ released in January 2021, Sonnie Badu has earned himself notable awards like the BEEFTA. Awards, Gospel Music Awards, Italy, Africa Gospel Music Awards UK, and others. His songs are highly recommended for all who see to connect with a deeper consciousness of God’s presence.
Badu is an accomplished entrepreneur, songwriter, producer, author, and the founder and lead Pastor of RockHill Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
6. Joyce Blessing
“I Swerved it’, ‘Adam Nana’, ‘Repent’, are very familiar songs in the Ghanaian Gospel music scene credited to this songstress. Joyce Blessing has evolved and keeps evolving by spicing up her upbeat danceable groove to Afrobeats and traditional highlife songs.
Joyce started ministry in 2007 with her first album, titled “Obi Ntu Nyame Fo”, which translates to English as “Nobody Advises God”. Her other projects include Promise and Fail (2012), Heavy Price (2014), and Agyebum (2017).
“Monko Moakyi”, a single from her ‘Heavy Price’ album is one of her most popular songs. The album included other hits, such as Kantamanto Nyame, Blessed Be The Lord, and Nyame Aguamma.
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