Francine Kouffie, commonly known as Fantana, was born and raised in the USA. It was after relocating to Africa that she started recording music. While some of the songs she recorded during her early years caused a buzz in the Ghanaian dancehall music scene, the young artist did not get enough attention in the urban media stations.
Fortunately, Fantana’s eureka moment happened when she signed to RuffTown Records, one of Ghana’s biggest management entities. Due to her new contract and the need for a fresh start as an artist, Fantana removed all the old songs from streaming platforms, including YouTube.
7 trending songs by Fantana that you should listen to in 2020
For the past two years, Fantana has created some of the best songs in the urban music scene. As a result, she has become popular in Ghana. Here are her top trending songs that you need to listen to in 2020.
1. So What
Released under RuffTown Records, So What by Fantana was one of the biggest songs in 2019. It is also her biggest song in terms of streaming numbers and radio rotation. The reason behind the song's success boils down to Fantana’s writing style and production quality.
On top of an impressive production, So What's catchy beat not only makes it memorable but also perfect for different occasions. While Fantana is popular in the dancehall music scene, the record showed that she is a multi-talented artist and can work on any music genre.
The video, which was directed by Yaw Skyface, has impressive visuals. Even though it does not have much dancing like most Afrobeat songs, Fantana's performances are outstanding. The song has close to 900,000 views currently on YouTube.
2. Rich Gyal Anthem
After experimenting with afrobeat, Fantana went back to dancehall by releasing Rich Gyal Anthem in January 2020. The record sounds different from other songs by the young artist, but it is surprisingly one of her biggest songs in the past two years.
Another reason why Rich Gyal Anthem is a big song is the video quality. While Fantana has consistently made quality videos in the past two years, this record is different in terms of video direction and dancing. The young artist performs with six talented dancers, making the song a perfect dancehall tune.
The production of Rich Gyal Anthem was top-notch. For the first time, the record label gave JMJ (a talented music producer) the chance to work with their signee. On the other hand, the video was directed by the talented Yaw Skyface.
3. New African Lady
Fantana has consistently redefined her sound since she started her music career. Compared to her previous songs, New African Lady is a party song with a different twist. Unlike her last records, Fantana attempts to make a party anthem for modern African ladies, in which she succeeds.
The dancing routines in the video make New African Lady one of the best songs visually. The dancers, who are predominately ladies, match the song’s theme, making the record more interesting to listen to and watch. Also, the tune defies the notion of how African girls should look and sound in songs.
New African Lady was released in December 2019 under RuffTown Records. Currently, it has accumulated more than 300,000 views on YouTube.
4. Girls Hate on Girls
Girls Hate on Girls is one of the biggest Fantana songs. With a blend of dancehall and Afrobeat, the record cut across different music genres in Ghana. However, the lyrics and message make the song stand out among all her songs.
Apart from being one of her favourite songs, Girls Hate on Girls was an attempt to answer her critics. Since she relocated to Ghana, entertainment commentators have compared her with different artists. In this record, Fantana tries to debunk narratives created about her and show her fans she is wealthy and successful.
The song was released in September 2019 under RuffTown Records and the video was directed by Yaw Skyface. Currently, Girls Hate on Girls has close to 300,000 views on YouTube.
5. Don’t Let Me Fall — Danny Beatz featuring Fantana and Fredo
Don’t Let Me Fall was Danny Beatz’s project, which he featured Freda and the talented Fantana. As its name suggests, this is a love song but with a different twist. The three artists explore their insecurities about love in beautiful and melodic ways.
The 2019 song was perfect experimentation of what Fantana can do in joint projects. With over 148,000 views, it is evident that the song is timeless and one of the biggest Fantana Ghana songs.
Directed by Snares Films, Don’t Let Me Fall has beautiful visuals. Also, the video captures each artist’s persona in the song. For example, the dramatisation between Fredo and Fantana is beautifully captured.
6. Backstabber (Play Live Session)
Backstabber is one of the latest Fantana songs. Unlike other songs that the young artist has released through RuffTown Records, this record was part of Play Live sessions. Identical to other songs on the Play Live sessions, Backstabber has a simple video.
However, unlike her most releases where she blends Afrobeat with dancehall, Backstabber is purely a dancehall song. Fantana uses it to exhibit her prowess at singing on a dancehall beat. Although it is not one of her most successful overall releases, the song is definitely a great addition to the dancehall scene in Ghana.
7. Backstabber featuring Larusso
Unlike the previous song, the new Backstabber has a different flavour, especially when it comes to sounds. The beat, which was produced by Mix Masta Garzy, is catchy and urban. Also, the two artists give their best in terms of writing and singing. The combination of production and creativity makes the song great.
Backstabber was released under Blown GH/RuffTown Records in March 2020. Therefore, it is one of the new Fantana songs. Unfortunately, the artist and the record label have not talked about making the official video for the song or releasing (if they had recorded it).
For the last two years, Fantana has released good music and redefined success in the dancehall music space. Being one of the youngest artists at RuffTown records gives her the freedom to experiment with her sound. Importantly, she has been given the freedom to collaborate with other artists in and outside the label.
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