There was an interesting conversation days ago sparked by Good Evening Ghana host, Paul Adom-Otchere who pitched Ghanaian artists against their Nigerian counterparts.
While hosting entertainment connoisseurs in his studios at Metropolitan TV (Metro TV) namely Mr. Logic, Kwame Dadzie, Andy Dosty and Randy Abbey- Paul sought to find out why Nigerian musicians seem to be far ahead of Ghanaians in all facets albeit he reckons artists from Ghana are talented.
His posture was vehemently opposed by Andy Dosty who told him plainly that it’s never true that Nigerian musicians are better than our homegrown stars except that they have a bigger audience and have a different approach to their craft and music industry as a whole.
In that regard, we want to pitch two mainstream artists from the two sister countries so we settle on who is the best. Be minded there’s no malice intended in this comparison as we just to authenticate or prove otherwise of Paul’s assertion.
Born Adewale Mayowa Emmanuel, Mayorkun is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and pianist. He released a cover of Davido’s “The Money” single and was discovered by the singer on Twitter. Mayorkun signed with Davido’s record label Davido Music Worldwide (DMW) in 2016; his debut single “Eleko” was released under the label.
Mayorkun released his debut studio album The Mayor of Lagos in November 2018.
Mayorkun decided to leave his bank job to search for another due to bad pay, when his cover video was spotted by Davido in February 2016.
Davido followed him on Twitter and Instagram, after which Davido asked him if he can do more than play the keyboard. He got a call from Davido the same day he wrote his resignation letter and sent Davido some of the songs he already recorded. Davido decided to sign him to Davido Music Worldwide.
Mayorkun released his first single under the label called “Eleko” in 2016. The video of the song gathered a million views in the first 10 days.
To his name, Mayorkun has several singles including Yawa, Sade, Che Che, and Mama. In October 2018, he released singles “Posh” and “Fantasy” featuring Olu Maintain in anticipation of his first studio album titled “The Mayor of Lagos”.
The Mayor of Lagos was released on the 16th of November 2018. On December 1, 2018, it appeared on the Billboard World Albums chart, peaking at number 15.
In 2020 he was among the artistes scheduled for performance at the Convention center of the Eko Hotel and suites, Victoria Island, Lagos for the 2020 vanguard personality awards. Other scheduled artistes included Tekno, Timaya and many more. (Wikipedia).
Kuame Eugene (Ghana)
Eugene Kwame Marfo (born 1 February 1997), who goes by the stage name Kuami Eugene is a Ghanaian high-life and afrobeat singer-songwriter. He is signed to Lynx Entertainment, and is known for several songs, including “Angela”, “Wish Me Well”, “Ohemaa” and many others.
He won the New Artist awards in 2018 from the Ghana Music Awards and the Ghana Music Awards UK. He also received the Most Promising Artist in Africa award from AFRIMA.
In 2019, he received 7 nominations at the Ghana Music Awards and went on to win the awards for Album of the Year, Producer of the Year and Highlife Artist of the Year. He was crowned Artist of the Year and High-life Artist of the Year at the 2020 Ghana Music Awards.
Kwami Eugene was a contestant in the season 5 of the reality competition show MTN Hitmaker in Ghana in 2016, where he finished third overall. He was signed shortly afterwards to Lynx Entertainment and has gone on to release several singles. In 2017, “Angela” reached one million views on YouTube, the most for any music artist on that label, and was indicated to be in rotation among the top 10 songs in Ghana.
He is a featured artist in “Adwenfi” by DJ Vyrusky and Shatta Wale. In 2018, he released a continuation of the story line in the “Angela” song called “Confusion”.
And in June 2018, he released the single “Wish Me Well”, which was in response to the negative comments he received on social media, some of which alleged he was stealing lyrics from another artist Ice Prince (Wikipedia).