Spotify’s “Afro Nation Ghana” playlist is your musical introduction to the upcoming Afro Nation Ghana festival in 2022, which will be held December 29-30 in Accra, Ghana, at Marine Drive, Black Star Square. This year, the star-studded lineup features special appearances from Meek Mill (marking his first appearance in West Africa), P-Square, Skepta, Rema, Stonebwoy, Tiwa Savage, Asake, CKay, along with DJ and MC performances from Scorpion Kings, Major League Djz, Uncle Waffles, Eddie Kadi and many more. Ahead of the festival’s return, Spotify is celebrating its mission to promote the Afrobeats genre and unite the black diaspora through music, entertainment and travel.
Founded by Obi Asaka and SMADE in 2019, the world’s largest Afrobeats music festival first debuted in Portimão, Portugal, and has since established an annual residency in the country on the beautiful beach of Praia da Rocha – famed as one of the must haves of the Algarve. see destinations. Following its success, Afro Nation Ghana 2022 gathers the continent’s reigning Afrobeats and Alté stars to take the stage for an unforgettable two-day festival. Spotify’s “Afro Nation Ghana” playlist is a compendium of the melodies, well-known anthems and bangers that encapsulate the diverse and versatile Afrobeats genre. Preview the 2022 lineup from home below and learn more about the artists behind the turntables.
Endorsed by Akon, DJ Khaled and Timberland, Mohammed Ismail Sharif, also known as Black Sherif, is an emerging singer and rapper hailing from Konongo-Zongo (the Ashanti region of Ghana). The single “Kwaku the Traveler” put the artist on the map while solidifying his footprint in the Afrobeats genre. In 2019, the artist debuted his first single, “Cry for Me”, and dropped “Money” the following year. He rose to prominence for his explosive live performances and brilliant stage presence that captivates fans old and new alike. Spotify’s mini docuseries titled Spotify RADAR Africa chronicles the artist’s humble beginnings in Konongo-Zongo, Ghana, and his journey to become a must-watch musician. As the platform’s current cover artist, the “RADAR Africa” special playlist is making its mark on the country’s Afrobeats scene alongside counterparts like Victony, Bnxn and Ruger.
DJ and producer Uncle Waffles has been instrumental in the growth of the Amapiano genre as one of Ghana’s international musical exports. The sound combines a mix of jazzy chord progressions, deep house and spacey EDM, usually accompanied by hoarse vocals and accompanying LSD-inspired music videos. Born Lungelihle Zwane, the 22-year-old artist has made her mark on the genre and is quickly establishing herself as more than a viral personality on social media. Uncle Waffles and Tony Duardo’s “Tanzania” (Ft. Sino Msolo and Boibizza) is a good mood check that will make you long for a block party on the streets of Lagos. Considered the “Princess of Amapiano”, Uncle Waffles’ sexy take on the lounge and EDM infused genre is infectiously refreshing and exciting. She released her debut EP titled red dragon earlier this year.
Tiwa Savage is a Nigerian-born singer-songwriter from Isale Eko (Lagos Island). At the age of 11, the artist moved to London with her family. Soon after, she launched her music career as a backing singer for George Michael and Mary J. Blige, among others. Savage is known for its beautiful, silky smooth croon and equally impressive lyrics that speak of female empowerment and the struggles of new love. Brandy. Nigerian singer Dice Ailes tapped Savage to be featured on his glowing single “Hold Me,” further demonstrating the singer’s seductive range and presence within Afrobeats.
Jacqueline Acheampong, also known as Gyakie, is a Ghanaian R&B and afro-fusion singer-songwriter. Her first single, “Love Is Pretty”, released in 2019, introduced a mellow, reggae-inspired take on the well-known break-up song format. Acheampong is the daughter of Ghanaian Highlife legend Ernest ‘Owoahene’ Nana Acheampong. Gyakie forged her own musical path apart from her family legacy and released her debut EP Seed, a five-track sample of the singer’s afro-fusion pop. The single “Forever”, released in 2020, grabbed attention as a timeless love ballad that showcased the songbird’s delicate vocals.
Raphael Camidoh Kofi Attachie, known by the stage name Camidoh, is a Ghanaian Afropop, R&B and Afrobeats songwriter. The artist progressed with his single “Sugarcane”, which was released this year. After a successful 2020 UK tour, Camidoh had the opportunity to work with UK-based Ghanaian music producer Juls, later collaborating with emerging artists Kelvyn Boy, Medikal, Darkovibes and Sefa. His debut EP, titled CPfeatures production from Ghanaian-American producer Nektunez, among others.
Queue the above artists by visiting Spotify’s “Afro Nation Ghana” playlist and read more about Afro Nation Ghana here.