Monday, 26 February

Global 500 Greatest Songs of All Time: Wiyaala, Atongo Zimba named

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Wiyaala

Music by two Ghanaian artistes have been named as part of a list dubbed "The Global 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

The list was compiled by World Listening Post managed by respected author Alan M. Tigay. 

Unlike other lists, Tigay argued, his "list reflects global reality" not confining itself to "a few genres," and "just the past few years" and most certainly goes beyond songs performed in the English language, as authors of such lists often, regrettably, fail to do.

However, the "inclusive list," he conceded, is "not definitive" by any stretch of the imagination. 

"If I can offer one insight it would be that the most one can hope for is a list that is impressionistic. In two years of research I have concluded that there must be at least 10,000 songs that merit inclusion in a roster of the 500 best," he revealed.

The Global 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list, included songs by legends like the The West's Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, and Edith Piaf; Africa's Fela Kuti, Angelique Kidjo, Papa Wemba, Salif Keita, and Miriam Makeba; Asia's Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, and Teresa Teng; and Middle East's Ofra Haza, and Googoosh, among others.

Ranked 316th on the list, was Atongo Zimba's No Beer In Heaven. Just before Abba's Dancing Queen, Wiyaala's Village Sex appeared at the 419th position.

The griot Atongo Zimba, 57, is from Bolgatanga, Upper East Region.

| Atongo Zimba with his string instrument

Wiyaala, nicknamed the Lioness of Africa, 37, is from Wa, Upper West Region.

View the rest of the list here:

Source: Benjamin