Early last year (2020), we inducted 10 young buzzing fresh talents into the tunesXmuse class on 2020.
Those who made the list were chosen due to their talents and most importantly social media buzz in 2019. The whole idea was to showcase the next breakthrough stars from Ghana, and with the year ending, I am here to give you a status update on if I predicted right or wrong.
Let us bear in mind COVID-19 affected every one’s plans thus we can’t blame the artist if they couldn’t live up to expectations.
First on the list was Bosom P-Yung. From glorified hype-man to a breakthrough star, Bosom gained prominence with the performance of his 2019 song ‘Atta Adwoa’ and he hasn’t looked back since. Bosom has gone on to win the heart of Ghanaians and at a point became a feature magnet. Collaborating with the likes of Wendy Shay, Joey B, Lord Paper, and more.
He also released an album titled Acheampong Boys though it didn’t receive the same attention as Ataa Adwoa but that is understandable.
Next on the list is Gyakie, the daughter of borga highlife legend Nana Acheampong.
Gyakie finally revealed to the world who her father was, although I have known since 2019.
Signed to Flip Music, Gyakie made strides with her seed EP, whiles scoring a collaboration with highlife singer Bisa Kdei. She also featured on the Billboard top thriller global chart.
She also bagged a Vodafone Ghana Music Awards nomination in the unsung category.
Rapper Yung Pabi had a quite year and that was expected considering he released the highly rated ‘Running with men on horses’ EP in 2019.
However, his main song activation ‘Guy No’ enjoyed massive airplay on radio and the video had a great concept.
2020 wasn’t a bad year for Yung Pabi but he definitely could have done more but like I said it’s COVID era so we are not in normal times.
Moving on to a Northern singer with a Southern touch, Teflon Flexx. He began the year with a bang with hit single Madina taking over the airwaves.
Later he dropped a couple of bangers that couldn’t gain massive attention across Ghana but his stocks grew when he won the Unsung artist of the year at the 2020 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.
He got the chance to perform on the VGMA main stage to millions of viewers across the globe. To end the year, he’s making waves with Maamiyaa featuring rapper Medikal.
It’s been a bitter sweet year for rapper Kweku Smoke. Filled with so much potential, Kweku Smoke had a relatively quiet first half of the year but that is because he was working on his album Snoop Forever.
The album features Sarkodie, Emtee (South Africa), Suspect (UK), Bosom P-Yung, Kwesi Arthur and more.
Gidochi’s 2020 has been defined by winning the Nescafe competition, working with Grammy-nominated producer Kel-P vibes and releasing his EP Mixed Feelings.
All happening in the second half of 2020. Gido has been on a study rise in 2020.
Compared to 2019, Unyx has really improved in terms of getting her name out there. She put out a record featuring Joey B and dropped an EP but her general impact wasn’t felt.
BRYAN THE MENSAH has definitely put in the work, although it hasn’t been felt in the media. He released 2 Eps that got social media buzz but going forward he needs to work on getting more media plugs for him to grow his fan base.
Arguably the biggest artist so far, Camidoh ticked all the right boxes. He had a big song in Maria and Audio love he got an EP Contingency plan, he charted on some UK Charts and had the most social media buzz.
Finally we have Ground Up Chale’s Twitch 4eva. Blessed with an amazing voice Twitch dropped a dope EP that grabbed the attention of social media. Although he did solid works, the lack of a coordinated media effort stalled his progress but he did amazingly well.
So that is the status report of our Class of 2020, amazing artists who braved the storm of the industry and through an unexpected pandemic to give fans dope music.
Kudos to the Class of 2020 and keep giving us jams and be on the lookout for CLASS OF 2021.