Yaw Sarpong of the Asomafo band is a legendary Ghanaian gospel artist who was among the first pioneers of the genre in Ghana. Yaw Sarpong songs are both classic and refreshingly timeless. They remain relevant to this day in all gospel circles and his return to the Ghanaian musical spotlight in 2017 after a long hiatus was welcome by many. Songs by Yaw Sarpong have had a great impact on Ghana gospel music over the years and to this day have set a precedence of what to expect from the best musicians. Yaw Sarpong has many songs to his name and a collection of albums such as Hosanna, Classics of Yaw Sarpong and the Asomafo and Prayer Tower.
The musical prowess in his work is evident in the way his music finds its way to the heart of its listeners everywhere. In this article we will take a look at some of the best Yaw Sarpong songs over the years and his new music from last year.
1. Wo haw ne sen? – Yaw Sarpong ft The Asomafo
The high-pitched style of this song may be hard to keep up with for most people but with the slow beat anyone can sing alone in melody with the beat instead. Yaw Sarpong comes in after the first part to bring in the chorus which is both simple and meditative. In between the chorus and the second verse where Yaw comes in, the long pause with only the instruments playing will give you time in your worship to get carried away in the emotion of the song and make your listen that much better. It features in many a Yaw Sarpong mix and you will be hard pressed to find the point of transition from this song to Awurade na aye as the beats are very similar, as is the case with all Yaw Sarpong songs. The songs 311000 views on YouTube.
2. Oko Yi – Yaw Sarpong and The Asomafo ft Allstars
Oko Yi is one of his latest songs, from the 2017 album Classics of Yaw Sarpong and the Asomafo. The song has well over 250000 views on YouTube and with good reason. Yaw Sarpong Oko yi, a collaboration, is a simple song, with the collective vocal talent in the song making it a joy to listen to. The calm singing, a reminder of the power of prayer, is both uplifting and humbling. The song has an amazing video with bright colors in a simple set as the artists sing in the foreground. It is especially divine when you Yaw Sarpong comes in with his solo, it makes the experience of listening to the very relaxing song all the more divine. The song ends with a slow guitar fade that will leave you wanting more.
3. Wayɛ awie – Yaw Sarpong and The Asomafo
Prayer Tower, the first album released in 2010 had many wonderful hits in it. One such track is Waye awie, slow, relaxing and easy to slide you into a worship session. Yaw Sarpong and The Asomafo set out to put the nation in to a mood for prayer and they may have cracked the code with this song. The song has no video but the audio is all you will need to drive up the emotion of your worship. You will miss the days when all gospel sounded this divine after listening to Yaw Sarpong use his silky voice to guide toward God. The song has 227000 views on YouTube.
4. Yen Kakyere Agya Se – Yaw Sarpong ft The Asomafo
Watching the video for this song in 2018 will take you down memory lane not just for its old school beats but also for the old school dance moves. The video quality is what you would expect from the time, shaky with the best edit being the wavy zoom in and out. It is fun to watch and having it play in a praise session is a definite yes for many. Nostalgic, simple and catchy as well as inspirational are some of the qualities that make this song worth your time in 2018 and for many years to come. The song has close to 200000 views with the number clocking in at 196000 views on YouTube.
5. Hwan Na Adwendwen Da No So – Yaw Sarpong ft The Asomafo
Singing in harmony from the start, The Asomafo proclaim the name and works of Jesus in this worship song. A tribute the wonderful savior, it is an inspiration to many worshipers in Ghana. This song has a tempo even slower than that in Oko yi, weaved in to it is a silky-smooth saxophone solo that transforms the experience of worship with this song. Maame Tiwaa then follows and her voice that keeps standing against the test of time continues on this spiritual journey with you. The song has well over 119000 views on YouTube.
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6. Sumina So – Yaw Sarpong ft The Asomafo
The video for this song is a live studio recording and watching is a wonderful sneak peek into the amazing talent of The Asomafo. Their polished voices are in perfect synchrony, thanks to the years of working together and the immense talent of the group. Maame Tiwaa still has her excellent voice and sings effortlessly so many years down the line. The live studio recording was released in January 2016 and still has many in awe with over 116000 views on YouTube. The song focuses the attention of all Christians on God and the good he does for those that believe in Him.
7. Se Yehowa Hyira Wo A – Yaw Sarpong ft The Asomafo
In times of trouble, this song has reminded many that God is at work for them. It is a go to when you have any hardship to deal with. The song has over 90000 views on YouTube and the message of hope it bears is profound. The instrumentals are simple and easy to grove to as you sing along. The lyrics come laden with a message of hope and inspiration to keep moving on. The Asomafo reaffirm their position as pioneers of Ghana gospel music in this song. It is one of the best Yaw Sarpong worship songs of all time.
8. Bo Mpae – Yaw Sarpong ft The Asomafo
Originally released in 2015, the song is upbeat and filled with guitar instrumentals throughout the songs. The song is really fast and the trumpets at the start of the songs get you in the mood to get up and dance even before Yaw starts singing and also gives the song an old school feel. Yaw Sarpong shows off his vocal process in this song singing solo with little background vocal support for the hook of the song. The hook is quite catchy which adds to the charm of the song. The rhythm of the chorus with the beat was perfectly timed, the sync was excellent and the transition to the trumpets and back to the singing make Yaw Sarpong Mpae bo one of his best songs.
9. Tenabea Foforo – Yaw Sarpong ft The Asomafo
Tenabea foforo is a song that will make many nostalgic of the simpler older times when gospel music was relaxing and more meditative. Yaw Sarpong tenabea foforo was released, again as part of his classics collection with the Asomafo band. It is slow, with a signature bass beat that defined the gospel genre for over two decades. It is unlike any new gospel song, the slow vocal style of Yaw Sarpong make this song wonderful and very relaxing, certainly worth a listen, or more in any worship session.
10. Honhom Kronkron – Yaw Sarpong ft The Asomafo
Another classical masterpiece, Honhom kronkron will have you in the mood for a worship session in no time. The soft beats and repetitive guitar hits coupled with autotuned piano make this a cliché gospel song of the early 2000s. it is refreshingly authentic and you will definitely enjoy it at any time of day. It is especially rewarding listening to this song when you need to be inspired and get a renewed enthusiasm to take on life’s challenges. It is distinct among Yaw Sarpong all songs as he only features in the background vocals of the song and not as a lead singer as we have come to expect from Yaw.
12. Awurade na aye – Yaw Sarpong ft The Asomafo
Yaw Sarpong Awurade na aye is arguably one of the most popular of his songs. It is inspiring, filled with nostalgia for many and the simple hook that is a repetitive singing of the title make it all the more enjoyable. As is traditional with Yaw Sarpong audio songs, it is moving. Yaw sings here putting his talents on show with long sustained high notes in a way that makes it sound so easy. The Asomafo outdid themselves on the instrumentals for this song as the sophistication is on a different level compared to their other songs. This adds even more to the appeal of the song. It will do well for both praise and worship depending on the tempo you like to have either.
13. Adom Wo Wim – Yaw Sarpong ft The Asomafo
The beat for this song is sure to be familiar to both secular and gospel music fans. It is such a classic sound that the bass bit of the beat has been adopted in a number of secular songs. It has a more reggaeton feel to it as a result. Gospel music this good has not been around lately. The brass in the middle of the song with no vocals gives you the chance to savor just how good a mood the song gets you in. The chorus is simple and really easy to get you singing it all day after listening to the song.
13. Mete Ase Ma Wo – Yaw Sarpong and The Asomafo
Another timeless classic from Yaw Sarpong, Mete Ase Ma Wo is a worship song that will redefine your worship experience for good. Old is indeed gold as this song is still a jewel in any worship playlist as it sets the tone for the moment with a calm guitar playing in the background. The sound of the song will cushion any tension and let you drift into a more personal worship session. It sets up a quiet ambiance perfect for you to meditate and connect with God in an intimate way. You will be inspired after listening to this song, especially if you are going through a tough stretch in your life. The song then fades out to the guitar solo playing. It has 47000 views on YouTube.
14. Biribiara Nye Den Mma No – Yaw Sarpong ft The Asomafo
A wonderfully written song, Biribiara Nye Den Mma No is a proclamation of God’s supremacy above all things. It is inspiring for worship and uplifting. It is too slow to be used in high paced praise sessions. You will find yourself singing proclaiming the chorus in response to Yaw Sarpong. The chorus is the name of the song and the repetition makes it even better to listen to adding to the calm the song brings with it. The song has over 45000 views on YouTube since it’s upload in 2015.
15. Asɔre bɛn – Yaw Sarpong ft The Asomafo
Lively and upbeat, Asore ben is one of yaw Sarpong songs with a faster tempo and better suited to praise compared to worship. It is one of the songs in the Prayer Tower album released in 2010 and continues to be a classic gospel song with massive appreciation from Christians all over. The song has more parts sang by individual members of the band than most other songs, showcasing the talent of the Asomafo. The YouTube audio starts with a Yaw Sarpong interview sample before the instrumentals come in. It is still worth listening to seven years down the line since 2011 when it was uploaded, now with 67000 views on YouTube.
Yaw Sarpong songs have defined the industry for over a decade and despite his illness back in 2013 he came back stronger and with even better music. Yaw is yet to throw in the towel on his singing career and it is within reason to expect that he will continue to release more refreshing, inspiring and uplifting music as time goes by. You can enjoy most of Yaw Sarpong songs online especially on YouTube.