Like every other industry, both Teddy Ride and Kpanto have given and still giving the street back-to-back hits. They are undoubtedly the most trending artists in the country right now. Because of their tireless effort, they have been recognized both in and out of Liberia. Since the two became the most talked about in the country, there has been a huge argument among the fans as to who the best or most trending artist is currently. In order to put a halt to this argument among fans, I will be providing some statistical analysis that will give you a clearer picture of who is running the industry between Teddyride and Kpanto. This analysis is limited to their performance from 2021-present. Also, to know who the best is, we will look at the number of people going for their songs; that means, we will take the number of downloads on their songs into consideration, specifically downloads from Audiomack and Plus Liberia. Lastly, we will look at the number of followers on their official Facebook and Instagram pages.
As we are about to take you through, relax, take a sip of wine/ water, and enjoy your reading. We will take the artists one after another.
Let’s get into it.
From the beginning of 2021 to present, Kpanto’s art has contributed immensely to pushing Liberian music to another level. Kpanto, with the help of Afodoe, has branded himself in every way possible. He has made his voice sound so pleasant in the ears of the fans which made them(fans) always eager to hear new songs every time from the star. Kpanto style of music is unique. He usually gives the audience what they want by mostly using the trending slang in the country. Because of this, he was able to gain a spot at the top which has led to many artists wanting to feature him.
As per the record of Plusliberia.com and Audiomack.com, Kpanto has been featured by many top stars. Some of the top songs he has been featured on include “XXX” by PCK which has been downloaded 2,281 times on Plusliberia.com with a total play of 10,358 times on Audiomack; “Kill Me” by J. Slught which has been downloaded 5,543 times on Plusliberia.com with a total play of 68,357 times on Audiomack; “Kaparlu” by Tito Gee which has been downloaded 1,865 times on Plusliberia.com with the total play of 3,137 times on Audiomack.com; “Red Shoes” by Barsee Mocopala which has been downloaded 4,106 times on Plusliberia.com with the total play of 30,331 times on Audiomack.com; “I Like It” by Jzyno which had been downloaded 3,584 times on Plusliberia.com with a total play of 80,194 times on Audiomack.com. Many other artists who have featured Kpanto include Badman H, Revelation, and many more.
Kpanto’s Major work:
From 2021 to present, Kpanto has done tremendous work. He was able to drop a lot of singles plus two unique albums tagged “Sound from the Xtreet” which consists of 15 songs, and “Son of the soil” which consists of 16 songs. Now, let’s look at the top four songs from both albums with the most downloads on Plus Liberia. In the “Sound from the Xtreet” album, the first is “Again” which has been downloaded 6,492 times on Plus Liberia; the Second is “Community Thing” which has been downloaded 6,408 times on Plus Liberia; the third is “Come Down” which has been downloaded 6,100 times on Plus Liberia, and the fourth is “Sin La Sin” which has been downloaded 5,031 times on Plus Liberia.
The entire “Sound From The Xtreet” album has a total play of 350,115 times on Audiomack(Holyrecordz).
In the “Son of the Soil” album, the songs with the most downloads are “I Made It” with a total download of 5,736 times on Plus Liberia; “We Outside” with a total download of 5,086 times on Plus Liberia; “Drinking Party” featuring CIC with a total download of 4,119 times on Plus Liberia; and “I Can’t Kill Myself “ with a total download of 3,2721 times on Plus Liberia. The entire “Son Of The Soil” album has a total play of 398,903 times on Audiomack.
Kpanto has had and been invited to many Local shows and an international show in the US. Every fan can testify that all of his events were successful with a huge turnout.
Social Media Followers:
As of the time of writing this article, kpanto has 186k followers on Facebook and 45.9k followers on Instagram.
Well, this is how we are closing up on Kpanto
Who is in Liberia right now does not know that Teddyride is a household name? It is a reality to say everyone following the industry knows him and what he’s capable of. He started from zero and had nothing to even record songs. If he manages to do one, DJs want money from him to promote his songs. Nevertheless, that never stops him from exploring because it’s literally impossible to sleep on his game. His music speaks for him. From 2021 until now, Teddyride has performed exceptionally well. He has shown the public that without him, the country will have limited hit songs every time. The artiste has signed a lot of ambassadorial deals because his sound has made him a huge influencer. As we speak, there are a lot of upcoming artists who are looking up to him. Within the time frame this article is limited to, Teddyride has featured and been featured by many top artists which will be looked at in the next paragraph.
As per the record of Plusliberia.com and Audiomack.com, let’s look at some top songs Teddyride has been featured on. They include “Zakaypwen” by D’Ameko which has been downloaded 2,758 times on Plusliberia.com with a total play of 4,138 times on Audiomack; “Who Be who” by Christoph and has been downloaded 5,991 times on Plus Liberia with the total play of 33,379 times on Audiomack; “Bamblay” by small Temper which has been downloaded 1,275 times on Plus Liberia with a total play of 4,804 times on Audiomack; “Yumenju” by J. Flow which has been downloaded 1,396 times on plus Liberia with a total play of 364 times; “Fire Burn Them” by Bennie Seaker which has been downloaded 1,136 times on Plus Liberia with a total play of 585 times on Audiomack; and lastly, “Envy” which has been downloaded 1,402 times on Plus Liberia with a total play of 1,787 times on Audiomack.
Teddyride Major work:
Over time, Teddyride has dropped a few singles plus his “King Solomon “ EP which continues to make noise in the city. The EP consists of eight songs which the fans consider one of the most satisfying EPs to be unveiled by a Liberian Artist. Like we did for Kpanto, let’s look at the top four most downloaded songs in the King Solomon EP. The four songs include “King Solomon” which has been downloaded 7,799 times on Plus Liberia; “Find A friend” which has been downloaded 3,220 times on Plus Liberia; “Order” which has been downloaded 2,990 times on Plus Liberia; and lastly, “Something” which has been downloaded 2,664 times on Plus Liberia. The EP has a total play of 217, 648 times on Audiomack.
Because of Teddyride’s influence, he has been invited to many shows in which his performance was splendid. He’s currently Orange Money brand ambassador. And, many other companies are still running after him.
Teddyride has so many social media handles but this article is restricted to Facebook and Instagram. On Facebook, Teddyride has a total number of 57k followers, while on Instagram he has a total number of 93.5k followers as of the time of writing this article.
These two men have played a significant role in popularizing Liberian music. However, Kpanto won more than five awards at MTN Liberia Music Award in 2021. I was unable to confirm whether Teddyride won any. For the record, I appreciate their contribution. They continue to put each other feet to the fire. They continue to make major headlines ranging from their beef to their idiosyncratic songs.
Well, with the analysis provided, you could easily make your choice as to who’s running the industry right now.
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Written by: Neor Neronic Greaves