While the topic of music in Ghana is not new, the current political upheavals in the country show a paradigm shift in the industry. museke


Innovation within Ghanaian music is largely situated outside of mainstream. Skilled musicians are more likely to set up their own production houses than get into mainstream label structures, This means that usually we cannot account for innovation within Ghanaian music as something that operates based on recent trends because it’s not travelling through established channels. There are many other factors like ‘traditional’ tastes from folk music and economic conditions which affect the innovation within skilful musicians.

The current divide between industry and underground can be seen as a possible reflection of the economy and internal politics of Ghana, where there is a complete fracture from public administrative sectors to artisanal endeavours which see creativity

Ghanaian society is a multi-ethnic and multicultural country that needs a way to interact and bond even when they are thousands miles apart. The music industry in Ghana is helping do that by uniting the population of Ghana, but also integrating with other parts of the world.

Not only does music in Ghana bring people together, it introduces western ideas to the country by increasing receptivity to resources and opportunities found outside of Ghana. Through claiming their own unique sound through various genres, decades, and means of distribution, music plays a transformative role in bringing innovation while maintaining constant relevance within their communities.

There are many controversies surrounding what place music has in threedeferentg categories: religious worship; as an identity builder; and as an important facet of public life – much like what one sees around

Ghanaian folks music come in different dialects and dance often. Enthusiasts can find these songs in Kabiyesi, a type of traditional music and dance. Despite being an old form of music, it’s still every popular among Ghanaians as they gather in large numbers during the annual festivals such as Busia festival of Arts and Culture.

The traditional instruments array features drums, about eight stringed instrument in pentatonic tuning common with Kutin, Ikpavanyi or Ivan (pocket sized drum), the Mbira (thick one-piece calabash gourd with three or four metal strings) played by hand or resting on the ground between foot and knee to be hit on its floor by bare toes and Dan which is a long harp-like