The Downs & Ups of VGMA 2018: A Review

The 19th edition of Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) was held last night, April 14, 2018 at the Accra International Conference center. It still stands as the only music event which Ghanaians, both old and young stay glued to their TV set to watch entirely. It also doubles up as the most criticized music event in Ghana.

Patapaa on the red carpet. Photo credit: Kuulpeeps

Amidst the trolls, disappointments, hilarious moments, and what have you, we always have a good moment and something worth discussing. Without further ado, let have a quick review of the event, shall we?

Charter House, the VGMA organizers are listeners. They’re learning from their mistakes, and correcting them bit by bit. Last night’s show happens to be one of the best I’ve witnessed thus far. As promised, the red carpet session started some minutes into 7 pm, unlike the previous years where it starts hours later. The main event started some minutes before 9 pm and ended at 1:15 am the next morning. This shows that they did a decent job with the time. However, it can get better.

The programme was handled by the MCs, John Dumelo and Berla Mundi. When news broke out that these 2 would be hosting the event, I had a smile on my face, because some of the memorable moments we’ve had at the VGMAs were when Dumelo presented awards. Berla Mundi had been already doing a remarkable job on the red carpet. The pair was fun. The shared jokes, did freestyle raps, and the famous Akwaaba dance, all to entertain the fans. Dumelo, at some points however seemed a little tensed up, but it still didn’t take away complete fun out of the night.

Mz Forson on the red carpet

VGMAs have been dealing with light problems for a while now, but this year’s was quite appreciable to the eyes. Viewers always complaining about the sound was later revealed to that it is a setback at the end of GTV, because they transmit sound in mono, producing bad sound. TV3 was the official media partner this year, exclusively showing it, so we enjoyed a better sound (hopefully, they transmit it to a better output). The stage was fairly okay.

Performances this year were comparatively enjoyable. Although there were a lot of satisfactory performances, the likes of Sarkodie, Samini and Stonebwoy stood out. One moment we all surely enjoyed was the comeback of the legendary trio, Praye. The performances which I’d say were substandard are that of Kwesi Arthur and Nasty C.

The downs of the night include the break in transmission when Nana Aba Anamoah was to present an award. Viewers quickly linked it to the bad blood between her and TV3 Network. However, they’ve apologized. Also, some artistes being given more than necessary time to perform. Lastly, the boring nature of most award presenters.

VGMA 2018 shall go into the books as one of the best in all the 19 editions since the awards started. I hope the organizers maintain the standard and work on making it better.

Videos: All Performances at VGMA 2018

The 19th edition of Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) was held last night, April 14, 2018 at the Accra International Conference center. What makes this event quite enjoyable is, you get to watch live performances of all the hottest musicians at the moment (well, except Shatta Wale). Enjoy watching all the performances from below:

Video credit: Best TV, TV Plus Ghana

Complete List of Winners: Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2018


Kelvin Bwoy (WINNER)
Dhat Gyal
Real MC
Dope Nation


Nana Amanua Dodoo


  • Total Cheat – Fancy Gadam, featuring Sarkodie (WINNER)
  • Boys Boys – Nacee , featuring Guru
  • Painkiller – Sarkodie , featuring Runtown
  • Obi Agyi Obi Girl – Captain Planet (4×4) , featuring Kofi Kinaata
  • Ayoo – Shatta Wale 
  • One Corner – Patapaa , featuring Ras Cann



  • Boot 4 Boot – Joyce Blessing
  • Obi Nyanime – Patience Nyarko
  • Bo Noo Ni – Joe Mettle , featuring Luigi MacLean (WINNER)
  • Efatawo – Nacee
  • Adom – Gifty Osei
  • Jehovah – Ceccy Twum



  • Dream – Kumi Guitar
  • Bronya – Wutah
  • Odo – KiDi (WINNER)
  • Angela – Kuami Eugene
  • Ladder – Lil Win
  • Over – R2bees
  • Hustle – Ebony


  • Makoma – Adina
  • Oh Yeah – King Promise
  • Say You Love Me – KiDi
  • Sing My Name – MzVee
  • Jennifer Lomotey – Kurl Songx
  • Sponsor – Ebony (WINNER)
  • My Baby – Magnom
  • Come From Afar – Stonebwoy



  • Until The Dawn – Efya
  • My Own – Samini (WINNER)
  • My Name – Stonebwoy
  • Faya Burn Dem – Article Wan
  • Rewind – MzVee
  • Dem Confuse – Shatta Wale



  • State Of The Art – Teephlow
  • Light It Up – Sarkodie
  • Grind Day Remix – Kwesi Arthur (WINNER)
  • Pen and Paper – KoJo Cue & Shaker
  • Dear God – B4bonah



  • Joyce Blessing
  • Patience Nyarko
  • Joe Mettle (WINNER)
  • Celestine Donkor
  • Gifty Osei
  • Nacee



  • Ebony
  • MzVee
  • Shatta Wale
  • Stonebwoy (WINNER)



  • Wutah
  • KiDi
  • Kuami Eugene (WINNER)
  • Becca



  • Dream – Kumi Guitar
  • Selfish – King Promise
  • My Girl – B4bonah
  • Wedding Car – Opanka
  • Obi Agye Obi Girl – Captain Planet (WINNER)
  • Pen & Paper – KoJo Cue & Shaker



  • Dream – Kumi Guitar
  • My Own – Samini
  • Glory – Sarkodie
  • State Of The Art – Teephlow (WINNER)



  • Kumi Guitar – Dream – Kumi Guitar
  • Joe Mettle – Bo Noo Ni – Joe Mettle
  • Ebony – Maame Hwe – Bullet (WINNER)
  • Kofi Kinaata – Last Show – Kofi Kinaata
  • Samini – My Own – Samini
  • Stonebwoy – My Name – Stonebwoy



  • VVIP
  • R2bees
  • Wutah (WINNER)



  • Adina – Makoma (WINNER)
  • NanaYaa – Don’t Leave Me Alone
  • Efya – Love
  • MzVee – Bright Light
  • Becca – Summy3



  • Joe Mettle – Bo Noo Ni (WINNER)
  • King Promise – Selfish
  • KiDi – ODO
  • Kuami Eugene – Angela
  • Mugeez – Over
  • Samini – My Own



  • Pono Biom
  • R2bees
  • Captain Planet
  • Kwesi Arthur
  • Sarkodie (WINNER)
  • VVIP



  • Eno Barony – Fear No Man
  • Teephlow – Phlowducation
  • Sarkodie – Light It Up (WINNER)
  • Shaker – Pen & Paper
  • KoJo Cue – Pen & Paper
  • Strongman – Transformer



  • Bo Noo Ni – Joe Mettle , featuring Luigi MacLean
  • Sing My Name Remix – MzVee , featuring Patoranking
  • Jennifer Lomotey – Kurl Songx , featuring Sarkodie
  • Painkiller – Sarkodie , featuring Runtown
  • Taking Over – Shatta Wale , featuring S.M Militants (WINNER)
  • Obi Agyi Obi Girl – Captain Planet (4×4) , featuring Kofi Kinaata
  • Na Wash – Becca , featuring Patoranking



  • King Promise
  • Kurl Songx
  • KiDi
  • Kuami Eugene (WINNER)
  • Magnom
  • Kwesi Arthur
  • B4bonah


  • Davido (WINNER)
  • Wizkid
  • Toofan
  • Cassper Nyovest
  • Nasty C
  • Tiwa Savage
  • Olamide



  • Sponsor – Ebony
  • Odo – KiDi
  • Angela – Kuami Eugene
  • Taking Over – Shatta Wale , featuring S.M Militants
  • Total Cheat – Fancy Gadam , featuring Sarkodie (WINNER)
  • Bronya – Wutah
  • One Corner – Patapaa , featuring Ras Cann
  • Bo Noo Ni – Joe Mettle , featuring Luigi MacLean
  • Obi Agyi Obi Girl – Captain Planet , featuring Kofi Kinaata
  • My Baby – Magnom , featuring Joey B
  • Oh Yeah – King Promise
  • Pain Killer – Sarkodie , featuring Runtown



  • Epistles Of Mama – Stonebwoy
  • Daavi – MzVee
  • Bonyfied – Ebony (WINNER)
  • Highest – Sarkodie



  • Joe Mettle
  • Ebony (WINNER)
  • Shatta Wale
  • Sarkodie
  • Stonebwoy


Ko-Jo Cue Grabs 3 VGMA Nominations, For the First Time

“GMAs I never missed it, watching rappers spit and saying one day e go be me on the stage” – Ko-Jo Cue (Reminisce).

We share different opinions about the credibility of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs), but whatever be the case, it stands to be the most important and most rated award scheme in the Ghanaian music industry. To land a VGMA nomination is a big deal. It takes a lot of hardwork, dedication and everything in between to get to that stage.

The artiste, Ko-Jo Cue has been doing music since 2010. He has 8 mixtapes and a joint album with Shaker to his credit. Ko-Jo Cue is a name which is synonymous to ‘excellent rapper.’ For years now, he has worked extremely on perfecting his craft, and has built a cult fan base. For two years now, he has sold out his own organized concerts at Alliance Francaise. Yes, people who are stans of him travel and queue to purchase ticket to have a relief of their musical thirst. Signed to BBnZ Live, his song “Lavender” which featured E.L propelled him to a huge audience in Ghana. Although his songs may have not blown up to reach every corner in Ghana, he has listeners all over who pay attention to his music.

For years now, Ko-Jo Cue had not been submitting his songs to the VGMA board for consideration, due to lack of interest and other reasons best known to him. This year, Young Daddy Lumba submitted his projects, and has been able to land 3 solid nominations for the categories “Best Rapper of the Year” with his verses on the ‘Pen & Paper’ single, “Music Video of the Year” with the visuals to the single ‘Pen & Paper’, and “Hip-Hop Song of the Year” with the song ‘Pen & Paper.’

2017 happened to be a good year for the rapper, and I’m sure 2018 will open even more doors. We wish the rapper all the best in his nominations, and hope he gets a slot to perform at the main event.

Dhat Gyal Grabs Nomination for the Unsung Category at VGMA 2018

The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) 2018 nominations were unveiled on Saturday, 3rd March, 2018. One category that people have paid attention to in recent times is the Unsung category. This is because artistes who get win in this category tend to blow up within that year. Quick examples are MzVee and Kuami Eugene.

Dhat Gyal is a humble, hardworking and talented singer who commenced her music career in 2017 by doing mashups of songs. Due to her dexterity displayed, she broke the internet, gaining tens of thousand instant views on Facebook alone with a lot of positive remarks, when the post wasn’t even sponsored. She followed up with her own written single “Mayweather” which was premiered on GH One TV. Since then she has been interviewed on various radio and television stations across different regions in Ghana. Her sophomore single, “Any Man” continues to make waves.

When Big Shaq hit the internet with his official video for “Man’s Not Hot”, Dhat Gyal was right there at number 2 on the Top Trending Videos on YouTube. There’re two things with becoming a mainstream artiste. Some are forced down our throats, others genuinely build their fan base, and expand their territory. Dhat Gyal is a type of the latter. Video by video, song by song, she gains new fans. With various criticisms being thrown at her, she keeps winning.

The Unsung category was created to introduce nominees and the winner to a larger audience. Nominees get to perform at the Nominees Jam which will be held at Cape Coast. The winner shall also perform at the VGMA main event night.

Stay glued for how to vote for Dhat Gyal to win in this category.

VGMA 2018: Reasons Why Dhat Gyal Should Win Unsung Artist Category

For the past few months, there has been a new revolution in Ghanaian Afrobeat/Hiplife and Dancehall as well. And I wouldn’t say that this young female artiste invented “MashUp” sessions, but I can boldly say that, Dhat Gyal brought life into MashUp in Ghana. Ever since she showed up with her first mashup in the latter part of 2017, Dhat Gyal has stayed relevant and consistent till date. Below are reasons why Dhat Gyal should be nominated and win the unsung category in this year’s edition of Vodafone Ghana Music Awards:

Dhat Gyal is the first female artiste whose mashup has never been sponsored on Facebook and YouTube, but gets over ten thousand views in a day. With less than 48hrs of anticipation on her mashup, Dhat Gyal commands a lot of views. This shows how people appreciates her talent and signifies the number of people who stays waiting on the mashups.

Dhat Gyal is, so far, the youngest Afro pop / dancehall artiste in Ghana with most likes on her Facebook page and I repeat, no sponsored posts, but gets thousands of new followers anytime she makes a post.

Dhat Gyal is the only youngest Ghanaian artist whose first official single was randomly taken by Opera Entertainment news and was the most liked post.

Dhat Gyal is the first artiste to trend on YouTube as number 2 with Big Shaq’s “Man’s Not Hot” at number one. It has become a promotional tactic that, artistes do not release songs when there is a bigger meat on the plate. On the day that Big Shaq released his most awaited video for his hit song, the management of Dhat Gyal took the risk and dropped her mashup, just to test the waters and lo and behold, Dhat Gyal did not only surprise us with her unimagined Facebook views, but this time, came number 2 to an international artiste on YouTube.


You can follow her on the various social media platforms to verify to the above and testify that, Ernestina Afari; Dhat Gyal, as you may know her, deserves to be nominated for this years edition of Unsung in Vodafone Ghana Music Awards and we promise you victory. Let’s start the hashtag #DhatGyalVGMAsUnsung.

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Who Will Win 2018 VGMA Best New Artiste?

Over the last few years, the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) Artiste of the Year spot has been a clear cut that you don’t need Baba Fakunle to foretell you who the winner would be. Let’s cast our minds back over the past 5 years. In 2012, Stay Jay was the winner, 2013 – Kaakie, 2014 – Joey B, 2015 – MzVee, and 2016 – Kofi Kinaata. It was only last year that Fancy Gadam took us by surprise when everyone thought Medikal had worked enough to earn the crown. Apparently, home support for the “Total Cheat” hitmaker was off the roof.

However, this year we have a different case. This year has been a year that saw new artistes spring up across the globe. And it’s no different in Ghana, as most major hits we’ve had this year were made by rookies. I can mention 5 potent contenders for the spot of VGMA 2018 Best New Artiste, all of whom are deserving winners – KiDi, Kuami Eugene, Kurl Songx, King Promise and B4Bonah. These acts worked very hard, paying their dues to the game, and in turn gaining nationwide hits and deserved attention. Usually, artistes nominated for the Best New act category have only one breakthrough song. This time, these young people have packed at least 2 hits in their bags.


KiDi, the Lynx Entertainment signed artiste has “Say You Love Me” and “Odo” (both the original and remix version with Davido and Mayorkun) to his name. Kuami Eugene struggled to break through the nationwide market with “Boom Boom Bang Bang”, “Hiribaba”, “Show Dem”, “Ebeyeyie” and “Fadama Boy”, till he finally had the people’s favourite, “Angela”. Kurl Songx had his breakthrough when Sarkodie spat a line which made the Krobo tribe furious. Whilst people shared different opinions on the tribalistic-driven line, the song “Jennifer Lomotey” became popular. He had another follow-up titled as “Whistle” with the same rapper, Sarkodie. Like this wasn’t enough, he delivered another banger with the most buzzing artiste this year, Ebony, entitled “Feeling.”

King Promise after a glut of features, slaying hooks, finally had us dancing to his self-owned song “Oh Yeah”. “Hey Sexy” with Stonebwoy was a miss. He then bounced back with “Selfish”, which is gradually gaining grounds. B4Bonah had everyone singing along to “Dear God”. He then collaborated with King Promise, giving us “My Girl.”

There are a couple of acts which you’d question me as to why they didn’t make the list, including favourites Kwesi Arthur and Darkovibes. The two didn’t garner much success compared to the artistes mentioned previously, coming out with only one hit song each which didn’t do well across the country. We saw Darkovibes perform to a stadium crowd who didn’t know his song. I bet you have a lot of relatives who’d legit ask you “who’s Kwesi Arthur?”

The big question now is who will be the best new artiste? From the VGMA board, The New Artiste of the Year is the Artiste(s) adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the most promising and talented emerging artiste (s). The award goes to a relatively new artiste(s) who released a SINGLE/ALBUM that FIRST shot the artiste(s) into the limelight during the year under review.

Lynx Entertainment artistes have been pushing for their acts to win some awards and recognition which sometimes they don’t even deserve. In 2014, MzVee was the Unsung Artiste. The following year she was the best new act (deservedly). Kuami Eugene announced his presence by winning the Unsung Artiste in 2017 when I couldn’t even mention one of his songs. So this drives me to the question, will Richie and his crew use their influence to overcome the others?

Some say KiDi leads the pack because he’s the only one who has been able to break through a non-Ghanaian market i.e. Nigeria collaborating with Africa’s favourites, Mayorkun and Davido. Kaywa, who happens to be part of the management of Kurl Songx also has a great influence in the game. Will that have any effect on his chances of winning? Would B4Bonah’s inspirational song see him through to kiss the trophy? This is a question that would be on our lips till the fateful night of the 19th Edition of VGMAs.