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Wiyaala and Atongo Zimba’s songs listed among the 500 greatest of all time

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Two Ghanaian music stars, Atongo Zimba and  Noella Wiyaala have landed spots on the global list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time

The new list which features Wiyaala and Atongo Zimba was released on January 29, by the World Music Listening Post.

The list is a result of over two years of research led by a seasoned journalist, Alan Tigay and his team of music professionals.

According to the curators of the list, they aim to judge, as faithfully as possible, all the songs and artistes surveyed in the context of their cultural milieu and to imagine what music critics and listeners in any given country or language community would consider the greatest.

Atongo Zimba’s 2004 hit record, No Beer In Heaven, took the 316th position on the list. He is heralded as a griot who has toured different parts of the world, including South America and Europe, with his traditional storytelling and distinctive voice.


Wiyaala’s hit song, ‘Village Sex’ placed 419th on the newly-released list. The ‘Tinamwaba’ crooner’s infectious voice as she sings in her native Sisaala and Waala dialects made Village Sex an instant hit.

The song proposes to encourage young bachelors to follow the laid-down tradition of abstaining from sex until after marriage.

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