The assertion that sex sells has driven many musicians into using sexually explicit and suggestive lyrics as contents in their songs to have massive followers and lovers of their music. Most musicians use such words thinking that is what their fans want whiles others do it to draw attention to their songs. When you list songs making waves, majority of the songs have foul language.
Kaakie, Wisa, Kuborlor and other musicians have songs that cannot be played on air currently due to the rate of vulgar words used. Below is the list of ten Ghanaian secular artistes who are noted for their decent lyrics ever since they started doing music commercially.
Ace Ghanaian rapper Michael Kwabena Okyere Darko popularly known as Obrafour, since he came into the limelight in 1999 with his Pae Mu Ka album, has released over thirty hit songs which all have great chivalrous, candid, inspiring content that educates and enlightens listeners of his music. Also, he is known for his rich proverbial phrase in all his songs. These are some Songs that Obrafour has released so far and none has any sexual connotation or abusive words. Nkontompo, Pimpinaa, Odasani, Wiase, Heavy, Pae Mu Ka, Asem Sebe, Aboa Oni Dua, Who Born You by Mistake, Maame and many others.
2. Okyeame Kwame:
Multiple award winning rapper, Okyeame Kwame who is one of the two hiplife musicians whose poetry and music is studied in Universities in Ghana, has been in the music industry close to two decades. Irrespective of how long he has been in the industry, there is no line of his rap that suggests sex or preaches fornication. Though he has hit songs like: Faithful, Small. Small, Me Twen Wo, Sika, Woso, he still churns out good songs and has discerning listeners patronizing his works.
3. Bisa K Dei:
Though he hasn’t been long in the music industry, Bisa K Dei has managed to get over ten hit songs within three years of being considered as a main stream artiste. The highlife artiste who is currently flying the flag high is also doing well at his field. It is noted that most highlife songs are about love so definitely there will be sexually explicit or suggestive lyrics like Daddy Lumba, Kojo Antwi, Dada K D, Quarme Zaggy and the other renowned high life artiste do.
Since highlife is mostly about love, majority of them fall victim of such lyrics. Bisa K Dei has hit songs like: Saa, I Love You, Brother Brother, Give it To Baba, Mansa, Azonto Ghost, Over, Samina, 6 Strings and many more, yet none sends negative massages.
Rebecca Akosua Acheamponmaa known in showbiz as Becca, though she doesn’t write most of her songs, doesn’t have any of her commercial songs about sex or any dirty lyrics. The celebrated songstress has over the years contributed to the music industry by giving the up and coming female artistes hope that, they don’t need to use dirty language before they can break through. Popular songs by the silky voiced Becca are: Hwe, Daa Ke Daa, Push, Forever, No Away, African Woman, You Lied to Me, Move and many others, are all songs with good content.
5. Knii Lante:
Ghanaian based musician born Nii Okunka Blankson who is widely known as Knii Lante has been recognized not only in Ghana but the world market at large due to the kind of music he does. Aside his strong vocal power, Knii Lante chooses his words carefully. Songs released by him are: Baby Take Good Care, Thinking Out Loud, When You Love Somebody, Chameleon, Freedom, Box Guitar, Big trees, Loving you, House of Pain and many others. He is among the few musicians who have discerning listeners.
Silky – voiced Afriyie formerly of Wutah, also does songs with decent lyrics. After going solo, Afriyie has songs like: Tontonti, Love of My Life, Everlasting Love, I Do and Go Gaga featuring Sarkodie. Being in the music business for almost a decade, Afriyie has proven a point with the content of his songs irrespective of the love making voice he has.
Twisting lyrical genius and one half of music duo Bradez Flowking Stone after deciding to take the mantle to go solo when his partner Kunta Kinte was down on his sick bed, has released a lot of songs making waves. Putting together his contribution from the days of Dondoo, One Gallon, Simple, Flashy, Medo Me Ghana and to now that he has songs like: Robot, Go Mingle, Yempe Dede, Mekyeakyea, Too Strong, Fire Bon Dem and many others, he has clean choice of words even when rhyming or twisting.
From a music oriented genealogy, Songwriter, performer, instrumentalist Kwabena Akwaboah Junior is really putting up his best in his song writing skills. Aside the songs he has performed as an artiste like: I Do Love You, Nsroma and the others, almost all the songs he has written for people are well arranged with well – mannered lyrics.
Fante rap God, Kofi Kinaata who is really doing very well with his Fante rap is one of the few rappers who delivers well on every song he does or being featured on but always restrain from appalling lyrics. Kofi who is under the management of Highgrade Family has hit songs like: Move, Alkaida, Azay, Fante Rap God, Onyi chorus, Sweetie Pie, Susuka and doing very well.
2013 best rapper of the year, Kwame Ametepee Tsikata known in showbiz as Manifest comes across as one of the few rappers with good punch lines. Manifest has been able to win a lot of music lovers with his deep lyrics over the years making him part of Ghanaian artistes with good content. He has songs like: No Shortcut to Heaven, W’ani Aba, Forget Dem.
On the other hand, there are majority of Ghanaian artistes who intentionally sing about sex, use suggestive or explicit lyrics in their songs for fun and also to get the attention of those who love it.
The following are some of the top ten artistes well known for abusive, offensive and sexually suggestive and explicit lyrics: Kaakie, Kwabena Kwabena, Samini, Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Kwaw Kese, Tinny, Yaa Pono, Mz Bel, Joey B.