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Six old hiplife songs that you should listen to this weekend


Growing up in the early parts of 2000 was really awesome. Social media had not taken over the world, and we didn’t have dozens of new songs released every single day.

Underground artistes had to understudy for years before they could break out and the kings were the top music producers and sound engineers like Appietus and Hammer.

Those were glorious days when I could rap along with all the hiplife songs, and could sing the choruses, even in my sleep. This is not to say that the songs that we have these days are not good. We have kings in these periods too.

However, I have listed ten songs that dropped in a period when I had the luxury of listening and dancing to. These songs were some of those that I won’t ever forget, even if I should try to.

  1. Eye mo de anaa– Reggie Rockstone

The debate on whether or not he is the father of hiplife music may still be going on but that doesn’t mean that Reggie didn’t give us some great tunes. His songs were some of the most interesting to learn how to sing. His rap lines, with the ‘kyekyes’ accent (that is what we called the accents that we weren’t used to), were such that my friends and I challenged one another on who could get all the lines first. Sadly, my mind and ears weren’t attentive enough to win any of such challenges. Keteke is one of songs. The only part that I got was “eye mo de anaa.” I still love the song though.

  1. Odiem – Kwaw Kesse

I think this song is what brought Kwaw Kesse into the lime light. The video of this song showed this bare-chested dark fellow, with a stethoscope, who looked like he was checking his own heartbeat, whatever that means, I don’t know. Then came the chorus that went against most of the things that I was taught as a child but sounded very great indeed. That Kwaw talked so easily about wooing a woman and then taking her to bed was intriguing for a child like me who had seen the older boys try to impress the girls and then…

  1. Philomena – Tic Tac ft Obrafour

This song is one that I will never forget. It was so good that the children in the town that I grew up in developed a game out of it. We would put pieces of stones on our head, in our armpits and one between our legs. As soon as the song gets to ‘enwi wo ha, enwi wo ha, enwi wo ha,’ we would let the stones drop. This wasn’t the only fun we had with the song. Any girl who was called Philomena became ‘Petenge.’

  1. Twe ben me – Okomfo Kwadee ft Lazy Dogg

This is one of the best love songs ever in Ghana, in my opinion. With this song, Okomfo calls on his lover to draw closer to him. You may say it is crude and whatever you want to add to it, but what if Kwadee is showing us how the African man who has not been westernized behaves when he wants to be romantic. Then comes the video, with the movie-like storyline. This method in music videos were the order of the day at the time. With these music videos, we could learn some lessons in life as we enjoyed the songs.

  1. Ayefe Notse – King David ft Samini

I added this song to this list because of how interesting it is that I learned the lyrics of this song without knowing what the Ga lines meant and didn’t even know what language King David used. At the time, Batman [now rebranded to Samini] was one of my favorite rappers because of the ‘Kpoi’ catchphrase. That doesn’t mean that the song is not a great one. This is one of the great times that high life and hip life met in this country.

  1. Sika mpo mfa ne ho – Lord Kenya

Who would do a list of great hiplife tracks and forget about Lord Kenya. It’s true that he is now born again and has stopped doing hiplife music but sika mpo mfa ne ho is one of the best motivational songs for me. Very early in my life, this song taught me to appreciate what I have, and to hope and have faith that the future has better things in store for me.

Jeffrey O. Sarpong/


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