Since ancient times, music has been at the core of every culture and civilization. It’s a means where people express emotions through a combination of sounds, lyrics and rhythm. It can be so powerful that for example, in advertising, it has been geared so as to create associations between the music and the brand. Such music could not be created and marketed without the help of ghanaian music producers.
Currently there is a plethora of genius minds who have become the top producers of the moment, putting together elements required to create good musical contents and helping musicians, advertisements, radio stations and film companies to bring out great music we identify with.
On the other hand, the presence of Spotify in Ghana is also helping emerging artists to break through, sparking a whole new dimension of opportunities for people working in the Ghanaian music industry.
Let us take a look at a few of the best record Ghanaian music producers who have not only made a name for themselves, but are also a joy to work with.
Top Ghanaian music producers
Guiltybeatz is a Ghanaian DJ, Record Producer and sound engineer. Born Ronald Banful, and going by the stage name “Guiltybeatz”, Ronald was born in Palermo Italy on January 17th 1990. He relocated to Ghana at the age of six (6) where he developed his affinity for music.
He made his music debut in 2016 with a single titled “chance” which featured Ghana based Nigerian artiste Mr. Eazi. However, his big break came in 2018 when his hit single titled “Akwaaba” featuring Mr. Eazi, Patapaa and Pappy Kojo was ranked in the top 10 most popular African songs of the year.
This hit single earned him numerous awards and nominations which included:
- 2018 Best African collaboration (all Africa music awards); which he won.
- 2018 Song of the year (all Africa music awards); which he won.
- In 2019, he received 3 production credits for his work of acclaimed international superstar Beyoncé’s “Lion King Album: The Gift”. He worked on “Already”, “Keys to the Kingdom” and “Find your way back”.
Guiltybeatz is currently one of the finest music producers and sound engineers out there.
Elorm Adablah (E.L)
Elorm Adablah is his name and he is popularly known by his stage name E.L. He is a multi-award winning afrobeat musician, rapper and record producer. E.L is one of the very few to be successful both as a musician and record producer in the Ghana music industry.
After graduating from the University of Ghana where he pursued a degree in political science and economics, E.L decided to pursue music – a decision that has paid great dividends ever since.
As a producer, E.L has dazzled many with his blend of Afro-fusion, afro pop, hip life, Rnb, reggae and dancehall record productions. What makes E.L a stand out producer is that he produces most of his own songs as well as experiments with different sounds to create something totally unique for his clients.
He also takes inspiration from the likes of Alan Silvestri and Hans Zimmer, producing movie scores and soundtracks for popular movies making him one of the most diverse record producers out there.
Below are some awards E.L has won as a producer:
- 2012/2013 Ghana Music Awards: Album of the year
- 2015/2016 Ghana Music Awards: producer of the year
- 2010 Africa Movie Academy Awards: Best original soundtrack – “A sting in a tale”.
- 2010 Ghana Movie Awards: Best Score Award- “Checkmate and more”.
- 2017 Ghana Entertainment Awards USA: Best Album (BAR 3).
Joseph Kwame Addison, popularly known as Killbeatz, is a multi-award winning music producer and sound engineer. Killbeatz is the CEO of Legacy Life Entertainment record label which features prominent artists like King Promise.
In 2018, Killbeatz received production credit on a song by Ed Sheeran featuring Ghanaian artiste Fuse ODG. The song titled ‘Bibia be ye yie’ was part of Ed Sheeran’s Divide album which won Best Pop Vocal Album at the 68th Grammy in 2018.
Killbeatz has worked with artists like Sarkodie, Efya, R2bees, Wizkid, Yemi Alade, Fancy Gadam, and Mr Eazi among others.
- 2013 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA): Producer of the year
- 2014 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA): Producer of the year
- 2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA): Producer of the year
John Kwesi Dosunmu-Mensah also known by the stage moniker “MOG Beatz”, is a record producer who specializes in afro pop, hip hop, afro beats, Rnb, hip life and Fuji genres among others. Born on November 25th 1993, John began his career at an early age of 14 where he learnt to play various percussion instruments.
He later graduated from the University of Ghana, Legon where he obtained an Msc. In petroleum Geoscience. MOG Beatz first gained recognition for his work on the hit single “RNS” by Sarkodie and has since grown from strength to strength. The song won “hip life song of the year” at the Ghana Music Awards UK in 2016.
MOG’s portfolio includes projects with many Ghanaian artists like: Shatta wale, Wendy shay, Kwesi Arthur, Medikal, J. Derobie, KIDI, Kuami Eugene, Captain Planet and many more.
- 2019 3Music Awards: Producer of the year.
- 2019 Muse Africa: Producer of the year.
- 2020 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards: Producer of the year.
- 2021 3Music Awards: Producer of the year.
Awal Alhassan, professionally known as Posigee, is a multi-award-winning producer, sound engineer and philanthropist. Posigee’s capabilities are diverse in terms of music genre. He specializes in hip hop, hip life, dancehall, high life, RnB, and soul among others.
Posigee has a profound experience in critical music analysis, excellent knowledge of music production, sound engineering and music technology. He also has a high proficiency with acoustic and electronic equipment and is a master at mixing, editing, sound designing and vocal comping.
Posigee’s enthusiasm and dedication to work ethics always leaves his clients and fans very satisfied. He has worked with artistes such as sarkodie, Efya, R2 bees, Shatta Wale, KIDI, King Promise, Obibini, Samini, Wizkid, Ice Prince, E.L and others
Richard Mensah also known by his stage name “Richie” by the Ghanaian populace is a famous singer, song writer and record producer. Richie began his music career while he was in (SHS) Senior High School; he regularly performed at variety shows with his siblings.
This exposure would give him the confidence to later pursue music seriously later in life. Richie with an eye for song writing and record producing, set up Lynx entertainment record label in 2006.
Richie has exceptional oral and written communication skills, masterful in lyric composure and is adept at handling various instruments as well as possessing a superior grasp of musical conventions across a variety of genres.
Over the years he has racked up an amazing list of awards for his contribution to the Ghana Music Industry as a Musician and a Producer. Below are but a few of them:
- Producer of the year 2009 (Ghana music awards)
- Record label of the year 2009 (Ghana music awards)
- Producer of the year 2010 (Ghana music awards)
- Sound engineer of the year 2021 (Ghana music awards)
- Producer of the year 2021 (Ghana music awards)
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