The 5 classic Nigeria-Ghana collaborations ever
These are the top 5 greatest Nigeria-Ghana nostalgic collaborations in the history of music.
There has always been a strong relationship between Nigeria-Ghana collaborations in music.
The West African countries are perhaps two of the most cooperative nations in the continent, sharing many cultural artifacts that have led to often, comical competition.
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Here, we present five of the finest songs artists from Ghana and Nigeria have made for our ever-grateful ears.
2Baba – My Love (feat. VIP) (2006)
Legendary Nigerian artist 2Baba in 2006 tapped the Ghanaian Hiplife group, VIP, for a love song.
Inspired by old Jamaican folk song, it was however popularized by Harry Belafonte’s “Jamaican Farewell”.
2face’s effort, which was a major crossover hit in its day, featured in his classic Grass 2 Grace album.
A playful number, the song features an Afro-Caribbean vibe that perfectly fits beside the love-professing lyrics.
Tony Tetuila – 2 Women (feat. VIP) (2006)
A playful song, “2 Women” is off the former Remedies’ man Tony Tetuila’s 2006 album, Free Soldier.
The song details Tony’s indecision when it comes to women and for the trio of VIP guests, rather than aiding a friend to choose, they infuse their playful elements of Hiplife, making the song a loose declaration that shoots at nothing in particular, but fun.
R2Bees – Kiss Your Hand (feat. Wande Coal) (2009)
At the peak of his powers, Nigerian vocal powerhouse Wande Coal released his magnum opus Mushin to Mohits.
On a tour to support the widely acclaimed album, he landed in Ghana, dropped a freestyle, and the rest they say is history.
“Kiss Your Hand”, his collaboration with Ghanaian group R2Bees features parts of that freestyle; the official song itself, features energetic proclamations of love from the trio, with Wande Coal’s lyrics being the icing on the cake.
R2Bees – Slow Down (feat. WizKid) (2013)
Made up of the duo of Faisal Hakeem (Omar Sterling) and Rashid Mugeez (Mugeez), R2Bees are a Hiplife/ Hip Hop duo from the Ghanaian city of Tema.
Their first collaboration with Nigeria’s very own Starboy came in 2013, on “Slow Down”, a single off their sophomore album Refuse to Be Broke.
This song will go on to be the first link of a fruitful business partnership that, years later, will see them, alongside compatriot Efya, become Starboy Entertainment affiliates.
“Slow Down” is an evergreen Afro Pop song that moves at a gentle pace, playing to the vocal power of the trio of artists.
BOJ – Awolowo (feat. Kwesi Arthur, Darkovibes & Joey B) (2019)
‘Awolowo’ is a mid-tempo song that features lewd storytelling and generally, the depiction of a feel-good lifestyle, peculiar to today’s youth.
The featured artists take turns in delivering well-laced verses and BOJ assumes hook duties.
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On the hook, he sings in his unique voice about stacking cash even as he smokes. Of course, this is delivered in Yoruba.
The GMK beat is ingenious in the laid-back mood it sets; there is the Spanish guitar, and the kick drums – it is a really good production.