ONE ON ONE WITH RAQUEL

10 May


ONE-ON-ONE INTERVIEW WITH RAQUEL
by: Afromusion

@raquelmusicliveonline8


When one sits down and is in the mood to hear a beautiful love song, the first songs that pop into the mind are songs by the lovely Raquel. Songs such as “Sweetio” and “Lovie Dovie” are timeless songs which reflect love in various forms. Raquel is affectionately known as the “queen of love songs” in Ghana, but her music is internationally recognized. Raquel is a solid artist, and she has collaborated with many of Ghana’s other top artists, including Sarkodie, Okyeame Kwame, Trigmatic, and others. Raquel’s music is unique in the sense that she sings about the emotions that all people are capable of feeling. Raquel is currently working on the release of her first album and has many things in store for the year 2014 and beyond. Please read the following interview I conducted with Raquel:


1. Tell us a little bit about your background- where did you grow up and go to school, how many siblings do you have?
I grew up in West London with my Mum and three siblings…I have two brothers and one sister and I’m the last but one. I actually attended many schools because we moved houses a few times…but my favourite schools were Hogarth Primary School based in Chiswick, and West Thames College.


2. How did music influence your childhood?
We had a lot of domestic issues in our home, so music was a way of survival for us…a place of joy, a place to escape emotionally and mentally, and even spiritually. My Mum and Dad had the LP player on 24/7. Music was food and water for us when money was down. We were so full and satisfied as long as music was blasting through the speakers in our home. It influenced every aspect of my childhood.

3. What is the importance of music in society, as a whole?
I think music is absolutely honest, it never lies…it addresses all issues that the average person is too scared to talk about. Society is filled with so much politics, gender issues, spiritual issues, class issues but at the end of the day music is the only element in life that EVERYONE is so cool with. Music is society’s best friend…you can always count on it.

4. Who were your favorite musicians when you were growing up?
I never really had or have a favourite musician because…I’m an all-rounder when it comes to that but I know Brandy was an artist I listened to EVERYDAY…and Shirley Brown, Aaliyah, Monica and Mary J, Faith Evans you know…SWV and all. I also remember my Mum and Dad constantly playing Reggae and Wulomie and hi-life and then my older brother too was a hip hop lover, which got me also addicted to hip hop at a tender age.

5. Who are your favorite musicians now?
I just try and update myself with what’s new around the world and in the industry , that’s all, and I have specific songs that I really like…and of course I still listen to old school jams.

6. Which Ghanaian musician would you like to work with and why?
I would love to work with the legends. I can’t name them cause I would work with them all if I could, lol. I grew up listening to Pat Thomas, Kojo Antwi, Daddy Lumba, Amakye Dede, AB Crentsil and more…

7. One collaboration you are widely known for is your collaboration with Sarkodie in “Sweetio”. How was that song created and how was Sarkodie chosen to collaborate with?
Sweetio was a song I had worked on; for one of my birthdays and after I composed it there was no one better than Sark that I knew could deliver on it without a doubt. We had worked on some underground material some years before recording the Sweetio record so we already had that chemistry.

8. How does technology impact your music?
Well let’s just say that things are not as they used to be when the best way to own a record was to walk into HMV or any music store and have a physical copy of a record…NOW it’s the 21st Century so everybody wants to download and I mean almost EVERYBODY. And we have great phones and all kinds of gadgets that can load music up for you within seconds. All you have to do is type an artist’s name or song title and BAM you have it, lol. So I guess it’s an easier and faster way of pushing the music out there. It’s not always helpful though because of copyright issues and all so…I guess it’s just a matter of getting your music up on to the right sites.

9. What year did you officially enter the market as a musician?
2005

10. Since entering the music scene, what’s the most important thing you have learned?
That you have to stay humble no matter what because a lot of unexpected things are going to hit you like a ton of bricks and that can make you lose focus and remain untrue to your art.

11. Do you consider yourself a UK artist or a Ghanaian artist?
Both…because my music has a blend of everything

12. The Ghana market is flooded with male musicians; there are not that many female musicians. What do you offer to the music scene that is different from the other female artists?
I just do me!!! … I’m something out of this world. Absolute bonkers.

13. When was the first time you were nominated for a Ghana Music Award?
Some few years ago with my first single ‘Odo’ .

14. The media is always getting on you for dressing too provocative. How would you respond to the media that seems to pay more attention to your dressing than your singing?
Lol! You have ONE problem then all of a sudden everything you do is talked about. I just don’t pay no mind to some things cause everything I do is going be talked about anyway and don’t get me wrong there are some media houses that like to push the positive things about me to the world and unfortunately we have those that will always condemn you once you slip. I’m not worried though because sooner or later they WILL pay A LOT more attention to my music whether they have or haven’t already. For me the focus is always and will always be on my Art .

15. How many albums have you released?
I’m about to release my Debut Album, called @25

16. Out of all of the songs you have released, which one is your favorite?
I love the new one that’s out now, ‘ I Won’t Cry’…it really shows the serious side of me, a part of me that the fans are yet to experience and this song is the introduction to that side of me. I also have a few more favorites on the album but I can’t tell you about that just yet, lol .

17. Tell me a bit about your hit song “Lovi Dovi”.What influenced you to write that song and how did you come up with the concept for the video?
Haha!!! I got the beat from Teey-Mix of Nigeria and it just had to be a Lovi Dovi Song… I just heard the beat and I was all in a hi-life kind of loving mood and so ‘I want to do the Lovi Dovi’ just came out. When Raquel and Pascal are in the same room you’re going to witness some crazy, artistic stuff, lol, we just threw ideas at each other and it worked

18. What were you doing and where were you the first time you heard your song on the radio?
Wow! I think it was Jeremy Van-Garshong that played my song first and I was actually being interviewed by her at the same time and oh my! Was that an experience…it just felt strange hearing myself ,lol, but I was ecstatic.

19. Before you give a live performance, what backstage rituals do you do to calm your nerves?
I try to keep as normal as possible because the moment you try and do something different it all goes wrong so I just try and stay calm but act normal.

20. You have done collaborations with Sarkodie and Okyeame Kwame and others. Which collaboration was the most challenging?
Lol! Trust me when I say that there is a story to tell for every collaboration that I have done and even with my own solo projects, so I don’t really think there was ever one specific time where things went a little smoother than the other…they were all so challenging and THAT should tell you that God has a different plan for everything and you know it’s all going to fall in place at the end.

21. How did you choose the name Raquel as your artist name?
My birth name is Raquel Patience Naa Ayorkor Ammah so I decided to choose my first name, my real name…so you could get the best, and the first, and the real me.

22. Describe the way that you write your songs—what factors into your music writing process?
It depends…on what I’m writing about, my environment/atmosphere, my mood and whether I have a beat already or not…I think maybe I should take you around with me sometime so you can see how it really works, the different and many ways I handle writing, recording and production sessions etc. You would love it.
(Author note: Yes, I would love to experience a day with Raquel, and when that happens, yes, I will write an article on it).

23. What inspires your music writing?
My life, the universe and things that we experience in general in our minds and what not .

24. You tend to sing in both English and Twi. How important is the language when composing a song and how do you determine which language a song will be sung in?
I’ve done a few songs in Ga, Twi, English, and Spanish before, hehe…I just hear a beat or write a song and say ‘HEY’ there HAS to be another dialect in there because it just sounds like that but…the English is what I’m more used to and the Ga and Twi are my mother tongues so the three always remain a priority in my work still.

25. If you could look back and give one piece of advice to yourself, like5 years ago, what would you say?
I would keep things the same. I wouldn’t change any of my doings. I’m happy with who I am now so I would not advise myself differently.

26. What are your goals for the upcoming year?
More videos, more music, more shows, Charity work, travelling the world and more…

27. If you were not making music, what do you think you would be doing in your life?
I would probably be another being that doesn’t even exist as of now lol! Or a different human that exists in another body with the name of Frafel hhaha!!! Music IS a MUST for me.

Fun Facts about Raquel
Favourite TV show: Scandal
Favourite song: I Won’t Cry
Left handed or right handed: Right
Tell us something most people don’t know about you: I have an extreme street and hip hop alter ego Favourite food: Banku and Okro stew OR Jollof OR any pasta dish
Last time you cried: The ‘I Won’t Cry’ Video shoot
Craziest thing a fan has ever done: Fainted

Find Raquel’s Music here:
YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/RaquelMusicLive
Twitter: @RaquelMusicLive

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LIST OF GHANA MUSIC AWARD (GMA) WINNERS 2014

4 May

Ghana Music awards happened last night. This year I decided not to talk too much about the Ghana music awards because 1) it was not transparent—there are many questions about how people get nominated and chosen ; 2) I sent them several emails questioning their process and they never responded- therefore I decided to not even talk about them and blow up the Ghana Music Awards because I think the organization behind it is not transparent. In todays day and age, if you are not transparent, it seems as if you are trying to hide something.. so I was like hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

However , the event was last night so let me just briefly go over the winners, based on their nominations even though MANYYY people who SHOULD have been nominated were NOT on the list..

Either way here are the winners from last night GHANA MUSIC AWARDS, held in ACCRA,GHANA,West AFRICA:
You can see that Kwabena Kwabena won quite a few—that Adult Music is very popular abroad.
FUSEODG won Afropop song of the year, he is a great guy.
It looks like Sarkodie was the big winner , with 4 awards.
Sonni Badu won two.
Castro, ay, he won his category—good for him.
The winners are dominated by men, why is that? Think about that for a few minutes… while you view the list:

Hip hop Song of the year: Sarkodie

Hiplife Song of the Year: Boys Abr3 – Guru
Gospel Artiste of the Year: Sonnie Badu

Highlife Artiste of the Year: Kwabena Kwabena

Hiplife/ Hip Hop Artiste of the Year: Sarkodie

Best Female Vocal Performance: Efya – Life

Best Male Vocal Performance: Sonnie Badu – Wonder God

Gospel Song of the Year: Maye Se Mo Pen – OJ

Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year: Dancehall King – Shatta Wale

Best Rapper of the Year: Sarkodie

Best Music Group of the Year: R2Bees

New Artist of the Year: Joey B

Highlife Song of the Year: Odo Pa – Castro feat. Baby Jet & Kofi Kinaata

Afro Pop Song of the Year: Million Pound Girl – Fuse ODG

African Artiste of the Year: Davido

Best Collaboration of the Year: Adult Music-Kwabena Kwabena ft Samini

Best Music Video: Stanley Adjetey on Knii Lantey’s “Baby Take Good Care”

Vodafone Song of the Year: Dancehall King – Shatta Wale

Album of the Year:” Sarkology” – Sarkodie

Artiste of the Year: Shatta Wale

BLOGCAMP 2014 FINALIST

3 Apr

GUESS WHO WAS NOMINATED FOR A GHANA BLOGCAMP AWARD?? I WAS , I WAS .. IN THE CATEGORY OF BEST BLOG– I AM SOOO SOOOOOOO EXCITED… I DONT CARE IF I WIN.. THIS IS MORE THAN ENOUGH… IM SOOOOOOOOO EXCITEDDDDDDDDDD.. IVE WON THE GOLD MEDAL ALREADY.. WOO HOO !!

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The following is taken from the BlogCamp site:(source: http://www.blogcampghana.com/social-media-awards/finalists-blogging-and-social-media-awards-2014/)

Best Blog
 cranchon.com
 creativewritingghana.wordpress.com
 Enewsgh.com
 ameyawdebrah.com
 Mukasechic.wordpress.com
 loveafrican.wordpress.com
 humansofaccra.tumblr.com
 accradotalttours.wordpress.com
 emmanuelgamor.blogspot.com
 circumspecte.com (jabdulai.com)
 alfredkpodo.blogspot.com
 macjordangh.com
 nanaaweredamoah.wordpress.com
 brodela.blogspot.com
 lauriefrempong.blogspot.com
 Mutombodapoet.wordpress.com
 mightyafrican.blogspot.com
 africandevjobs.com
 afromusion.wordpress.com
 mindofmalaka.com
 freduagyeman.blogspot.com
 adventuresfrom.com
 kofilarbi.wordpress.com
 Ganyobinaa.com (www.naaoyooquartey.com)

Best Organisational Blog
 mhcghana.wordpress.com
 Ghanahumanists.WordPress.com
 blog.meltwater.org
 accradotalttours.wordpress.com
 chiroafrica.wordpress.com
 awdf.org/awdfs-blog

Best Male Blogger
 Ato Ulzen-Appiah
 Patrick Agama
 Emmanuel Gamor
 Nana Kofi Acquah
 Mutombo Da Poet
 Graham Knight
 Mac-Jordan Degadjor
 Nana Fredua Agyeman
 Efo Dela Amegaxi
 Ameyah Debrah

Best Female Blogger
 Malaka Grant Gyekye
 Jemilatu Abdulai
 Ganyobi Naa (Naa Oyoo Quartey)
 Ekuba of Adventuresfrom.com
 Nina Chachu
 Kajsa Adu Halberg
 Laurie Frimpong
 Nina Oduro

Best New Blog
 afiaenglish.wordpress.com
 afrotechafrica.blogspot.com
 ammakonadu.wordpress.com
 cliffbens.blogspot.com
 creativewritingghana.wordpress.com
 flashfictiongh.wordpress.com
 humansofaccra.tumblr.com
 lauriefrempong.blogspot.com
 leversinheels.tumblr.com

Best Facebook Profile
 Facebook.com/JoselynDumas
 facebook.com/boyskasaghana
 facebook.com/ThinkGhanaMusic
 facebook.com/stonebwoyburniton
 Facebook.com/manifestations
 facebook.com/ashesi
 facebook.com/kubolor
 Facebook.com/gospelgh
 facebook.com/talkofgh
 Facebook.com/Y1079FM
 facebook.com/humansofaccra
 facebook.com/txtghana
Best Twitter Profile
 @jabdulai
 @niilexis
 @GhanaInPix
 @Amegaxi
 @MacJordan
 @writerspg
 @antirhythm

Best Instagram Profile
 @dblackgh
 @efya_nokturnal
 @sisterdeborah
 @tjletsa
 @Joselyn_Dumas
 @vodafoneghana
 @Ghanyobi
 @Y1079fm
 @ameyaw112

Best Youtube Profile

 Akumaa mama Zimbi ( Youtube.com/akumaamamazimbi )
 FOKN Bois ( YouTube.com/foknbois )
 Wo Maame Tv ( Youtube.com/WuMaameTV )
 Clifford Owusu ( Youtube.com/kliff555 )
 Ghana Music Dot Com  ( Youtube.com/GhanaMusicDotCom )
 Manifest ( Youtube.com/manifestmc )

Best Tumblr Account
 kobbygraham.tumblr.com
 heeltheworld.tumblr.com
 claudiecool.tumblr.com
 Accradotalt.tumblr.com
 humansofaccra.tumblr.com
 tjletsa.tumblr.com
 ofoesaysit.tumblr.com
 mutombodapoet.tumblr.com

Best Google+ Profile
 +OralOfori
 +AtoUlzenAppiah
 +EmmanuelKBensahJr
 +NaaOyooQuartey
 +Fashionistaghana
 +Ispacegh

Artiste & Personality with Best Social Media Presence
 R2bees
 Efya
 Lydia Forson
 Joselyn Dumas
 DBLACK
 M.Anifest
 Shatta Wale
 Raquel
 Okyeame Kwame
 Nana Aba Anamoah
 Sarkodie
 Stonebwoy
 Mutombo Da Poet
 X.O Senavoe
 Yvonne Nelson
 FOKN Bois
 Funny Face

Media House with Best Social Media Presence
 Peacefm
 Citifm
 Yfm
 Joyfm

Public Official with Best Social Media Presence
 Hannah Tetteh – Minister of Foreign Affairs
 Komla Dumor
 High Commisioner Peter Jones
 Franklin Cudjoe – IMANI Ghana

Organisation with Best Social Media Presence
 MEST Ghana
 Writers Project Ghana
 MTN Ghana
 Accra dot Alt
 Guinness Guinness Ghana
 GhanaThink Foundation
 African Women’s Development Fund
 Heel The World
 Tigo Ghana
 TXT Ghana
 Blu Gh
 Ashesi University
 Citi 97.3 FM
 Vodafone Ghana

Best Emerging Social Media Account

 keek.com/sisterdeborah
 keek.com/funnyfaceGh

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Rockefeller Foundation’s $3.8M grant helps position Ghana to accelerate future ICT job growth

1 Apr

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Rockefeller Foundation’s $3.8M grant helps position Ghana to accelerate future ICT job growth

 

The Rockefeller Foundation and the World Bank collaborate to empower Ghana’s IT and IT enabled Services Industry to hire Ghanaian youth

 

ACCRA, Ghana,March 26, 2014/ The Rockefeller Foundation (http://www.rockefellerfoundation.org) has announced a $3.8 million grant to the Ghanaian government in partnership with the World Bank to support the establishment of world class facilities that will attract IT and IT enabled firms, including Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) firms to Ghana and create jobs for Ghanaian youth.

 

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The grant complements the World Bank’s US$5 million provided under the eGhana Project and is part of the Foundation’s Digital Jobs Africa initiative launched in 2013; the initiative is a $100million initiative aimed at improving 1 million lives through ICT skills and jobs for high potential but disadvantaged youth.

 

As a result of this grant, a new mini ICT Park to be located in central Accra will be completed by August of this year, and is expected to have the potential of providing direct and indirect employment to over 10,000 people, primarily youth, who have few alternative job opportunities.

 

Recent research funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and issued by the Dalberg Institute identifies access to real estate as the primary barrier to expanding the BPO sector in Ghana, and thus hinders creation of new jobs for an increasingly unemployed youth population.  This grant will help address that constraint directly by providing the funds for the Ghanaian government to create a world class Facility. The proposed centre is expected to function as a mini-ICT park, whose impact is expected to move Ghana up the ranking among the Tier 2 countries, but most  importantly the IT and IT enabled services (ITES)  sector is deemed most likely to absorb large numbers of unemployed and disadvantaged youth.

 

“As the Rockefeller Foundation enters its second year of our $100m Digital Jobs Africa initiative, we applaud the commitment of the Ghanaian government for steering the hiring at this new state of the art ICT Park towards poor and vulnerable youth – which will help to achieve our ultimate goal of impacting the lives of 1 million people through digital jobs for disadvantaged youth.  This project will transform the landscape of Ghana’s IT /ITES sector while ensuring that disadvantaged youth are the ultimate beneficiaries.  When young people are empowered economically, the entire nation will benefit,” said Mamadou Biteye, Managing Director of the Rockefeller Foundation Africa Regional Office.

 

The Rockefeller Foundation’s Digital Jobs Africa initiative is being implemented in six countries in Africa – Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Egypt and Morocco.

 

The grant follows on from the Foundation’s 2012 support to the Ghana ITES Secretariat, a World Bank seeded implementing agency under the Ministry of Communication, to train and employ 150 youth to digitize government records. In September 2013, the World Bank approved the $97 million eTransform project which builds on the earlier eGhana project.  Both projects seek to use ICT to improve the reach and efficiency of private and public service delivery and create jobs. The ICT Park is an important piece of the World Bank’s support of Ghana’s ICT strategy.

 

The Rockefeller Foundation support of the mini ICT Park leverages the World Bank funding and is designed to catalyze additional funding to support Ghana’s potential to employ disadvantaged youth in the digital economy.

 

Dr. Edward K. Omane Boamah, Ghana’s Minister of Communications commented, “We were pleased that the Rockefeller Foundation shared our vision around Ghana’s ICT potential.  Not only can we transform the ICT sector, making Ghana internationally competitive, we can provide opportunities for hundreds of disadvantaged young people who have the skills and drive to work in the digital economy, but are only lacking the access and opportunity.”

 

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of The Rockefeller Foundation.

 

 

GHANA MUSIC AWARDS -not worth discussing

19 Mar

Greetings, I bet all million of you were just dying for a new post, I know I know. I have a very busy life believe it or not, more busier than you could even imagine.
Many of you have asked me why I don’t talk about Ghana music awards for the year 2014.. and my response to that is ” why should I?”
So many artists who should have been nominated were NOT and its 1) sad 2) disgraceful 3) discouraging to Ghanaian artists, therefore why should I waste my fingers typing about it.

I asked artists to send me the facts, did they or did they not submit their songs– you can not say youre upset with something of you do not have facts.. you always need facts. These are my facts:
1.Noella submitted her songs- no nomination
2. Stay j submitted his songs- no nomination
3. RnM submitted their songs– no nominations
4. Felly did NOt submit songs
5. Possigee submitted This is Who I am– no nomination

HOW?? and where is Jaysos Im in love with your girlfriend? And where is Kae Se by Tiffany? So manyyy mannyy people got kicked to the curb.It actually makes me want to cry because its sooo disheartening….where is Edem and Stonebuoy??

I mean the list goes on and on and on and on…. why should Ghanaians make music when their own people wont even acknowledge them.Wel,, Charterhouse is half Nigerians I have heard, so its not realy “our people”… but my point is this, artists who deserve to be nominated are not…and artists NO ONE has heard have been nominated… how??
People say people are being bribed.. I do not know that for sure so I can not comment on it.What I Do know is that RNM should have been nominated, possogee should have been nominated, Noella should have been nominated, and more. Beest new artists, Ghana had sooo many new male artists,, where is photprints? why isn’t efya in some of the categories? Where is Raquel? Where is 4×4? I will reain quiet and say nothing because Im not going to waste my breat on an injustice.Until I have more FACTS ill remain quiet..i have 5 facts, please feel free to send me more.

ONE ON ONE WITH: EFYA

25 Jan

efya


1.Tell us a little bit about your background- where were you born, where did you grow up and go to school, how many siblings do you have?

I was born in Kumasi but grew up in Accra, I went to school in Garrison, then Yaa Asantewaa Secondary then the University of Ghana. I have two brothers and a sister.

2. When you were a student at Legon did you have it in your mind that you would become a professional singer?

Yes, because I’d already auditioned for Stars of The Future & had begun performing already.

3. How did you choose the name “Efya” for your professional solo career rather than Jane?

When I decided to go solo, it made sense at the time to reinvent myself in every way, I wanted a name that was African and unique but at the same time relevant to me in some way. My manager Jimmi helped me come up with the name “Efya”,

4.Who were your favorite musicians when you were growing up?

Kojo Antwi, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations. I was really into old school jazz and highlife.

5. Who are your favorite musicians now?

Can’t say, I like a lot of music right now.

6.Which Ghanaian musician would you like to work with and why?

Some of the older ones like Kojo Antwi and Pat Thomas. I want to learn as much from them musically as I can. I feel they make timeless music.

7.How does technology impact your music and global reach?

It’s amazing how many more people I can reach now with my music, people all over the world. Technology helps me get to my fans faster than I ever could have.

8.You are very active on Twitter. How important is social media in promoting your music?

 It’s amazing, I can reach a large number of fans and get their feedback on what they want to hear more of, what they like and so on about my music.

9. What year did you officially enter the market as a musician?

 2008

10. How would you label your music?

 Afro Neo-soul, Jazz, but overall I’d call it timeless music.

11. What was going through your mind when you won your first Ghana Music Award?

I was really grateful because I was young. It made me feel really good about myself.

12 .Out of all the awards you have won, which one meant the most to you and why?

Definitely a tie, between record of the year for “Best in Me” as well as winning best female vocalist for the third time in a row. I was really excited to win both.

13. Out of all of the songs you have released, which one is your favorite?

I’d say “Best In Me” or “Little Things”, but I might have to go with Falou because of the impact it made, the fact that we completely reinvented an already fantastic song by singing it over a movie score. I like it a lot.

14. Out of all of the songs you have released, which one became a surprise hit?

When we put out “Best In Me” we didn’t know it was going to be so big. We released it in Nigeria on Valentine’s Day, and it just blew up and went from there. It was exciting to have it be a hit in both countries like that.

 

15. Where were you the first time you heard your song on the radio and what were you doing?

I don’t remember exactly but I know I got excited and called my mom and all my friends and told them to watch me on TV.

16. How has fame changed your life (or perhaps it hasn’t).  What can you not do now that you could do before you were so recognizable?

I can’t really say it has, I’ve been working at this my whole life so I can’t say I know any other way to live my life. It’s always been busy for me, I just grew into it.

17.Compared to male artists in Ghana, there are very few female musicians. What do you consider your role to be in Ghanaian music society, especially among female artists?

 I don’t look at it as a gender specific role,  I’m here to help expand the music scene because in the end it’s all about putting Ghanaian music on the map. Doesn’t matter who does it.

18.If you could only describe yourself in three words, which 3 words would you choose?

I would say… bold, ambitious and ready

19. What three words would your friends use to describe you?

My friends would say wild, gifted and kind

20. Tell us about the last song you wrote and what inspired it? Describe your song writing procedure?

Most of the time I’m inspired by the things and the people around me, things I’m going through etc. it usually comes from feelings.

21. What’s the greatest opportunity being a musician has afforded you?

 I get to meet some really awesome people like presidents, dignitaries, people I respect in the music industry like Femi Kuti, Hugh Masakela, Miriam Makeba, Jerry Wonder, etc.

22. Overall, what role does Ghanaian music play in world music?

   Ghanaian music is about to take the world by storm.

23. Apart from being a solo artist, you have many great collaborations- with Sarkodie,Manifest,Jayso and others.  How did the “Im in Love with You” collaboration come about.

Sarkodie wanted to make a love song, because at the time he hadn’t made one with a girl before & Little Things was a hit at the time so we just went to the studio, Killbeatz made the beat & the rest is history.

24. Will you ever do a collaboration with a female Ghanaian artist, like Tiffany, Noella, or Becca in the near future?

 I will.

25. You are known for your immaculate stage performances. What goes through your mind as you are performing live?

I hope I don’t fall down!

26.What was your most nerve wrecking live performance and why?

 Hands down the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, because it was a live telecast and all of Africa was watching so the pressure was on to put on an unforgettable show.

27.After you finish recording a song, how do you test it out ?Do you ever test it out with friends and family- have them listen to it to see what they think or do you just wait for the world to hear it at the same time.

I normally play it for the people around me a few times and get their thoughts on it, work on it some more and when I’m completely comfortable with it, we put it out when the time is right.

28. How do you decide which producer to work with?

 It usually comes from a connection, I hear their music or they send me some music and if I can vibe to it I use it. It’s all about if you can get the right vibe or connection with the music.

29. Your T.I.N.T album is clever, the name. Why did you call it that?

Because I had to put out a mixtape before my album and seeing how anticipated my album was, I didn’t want there to be any confusion whatsoever so I decided to spell it out.

 

30. Your TINT mix tape has 13 songs on it. Many of them are well known, and some of them are a little less known. Tell us about the “Weather for Two”—the concept and the inspiration behind that song?

Well I wrote “Weather for Two” because it used to rain a lot at the time and I wanted to make some slow, sensual cuddle music for my fans. Also there was a funny story to it, there was a joke on the internet that the Nigerian president said “when it rains instead of the youth going out to plant yam they tweet ‘weather for two’”.

31. Your mixtape is about love, romance, appreciating relationships and then there are the odd topics like cigarettes. What message do you want your listeners to receive from your mixtape?

 I make mood music, every song tells a story. I try to take the listener on a journey and share my life with them. So my mixtape is basically a day in my shoes, a little piece of myself.

32. Many of your songs are sung in English.Is that intentional or is that the language you are most comfortable singing in?

It’s just to make the music more international so more people can understand and relate to it.

33.Many people compare your sound to India Arie and other neo soul artists. How do those comparisons make you feel?

I don’t mind at all, India Arie is an amazing singer and to be compared to someone of her stature internationally, to me, says that I’m doing something right.

34.During your few years in the music industry, what’s the best piece of advice you have received?

Someone once told me, “just keep doing what you’re doing”, sounds simple but it’s worked out for me so far.

35. Over the past two years, you have been included in some beautiful and intricate videos. I’m in love with your girlfriend was like a mini movie, and Best In Me was a feel good video about love. What do you enjoy more—writing the song, recording the song in the studio, or making the video?

Making videos is very stressful but I’d say they’re my favourite part because you get to have fun creating something you love, and every time you see the video you’re reminded of all the good times you had making it

36. Are there any songs you have on the TINT mixtape/album which have never been performed live?

Yeah, “This Life”, I’ve no idea why.

37. What’s the craziest thing a fan has ever done?

 Stole my panties, right off the drying line. That was super weird.

38. Apart from singing .you are also involved in humanitarian work, appearing in Awal’s ‘This is Who I Am’ song and video. Tell us a bit about your role.

Awal’s charity for orphans was just our small way of giving back to the kids. It’s one of the charities I belong to where we make and perform music and give all the proceeds to the orphanages to look after the kids with & also once a year we get together at Jamestown where we paint and feed the kids.

39. If you could look back and give one piece of advice to yourself, like 5 years ago, what would you say?

Keep singing, and make more money.

40. What’s the one mistake you have made in life that you wish you could take back?

I’m not sure, I’m pretty happy with the way I turned out.

41. What are your goals for the upcoming year?

Total
domination. We need to break records, making music that goes everywhere and trying to achieve the African dream .

42. If you were not making music, what do you think you would be doing in your life today?

 I’d be making films, directing, writing and producing films. Definitely that.

Fun Random Facts about Efya

Favorite TV show: Hannibal

Favorite song: All of Me

Left-handed or right-handed: Rightie

Do you play any instruments? The piano

Name one thing that scares you: Failure

Name one hobby you enjoy:  Playing basketball

Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you: I’m a deep person

Favorite food: Fufu & Green Soup

Hidden Talent: I can stand on my head

If you were stranded on an island and could only take one item, what would it be: my cellphone

Favorite Book: Cinderella

Favorite Place to Visit: New York

If you could pick a song to describe your life now, what song would you pick: Drunk In Love

Favorite Hang out spot in Accra: Twist

Name the Weirdest thing you own? Bow & quiver of arrows

Website: http://www.efyasworld.com

Twitter:@EFYA_Nokturnal

PRESS RELEASE- EFYA

25 Jan


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
EFYA Unveils New Single “Forgetting Me” From Forthcoming Debut Album “Love Genesis”

Accra, Ghana – January 8, 2014 – Multiple award-winning Afro Neo Soul singer Efya’s debut album “Love Genesis” slated for a February 2014 release is about to get a follow-up to her 2013 promo single “Life”, entitled “Forgetting Me”. Set to be released on Saturday 11th of January 2014, “Forgetting Me” is a powerful ballad that tells the story of love and heartbreak. The ascending singer-songwriter delivers every note with precision and passion and the song marks the culmination of personal and professional growth for Efya as she continues to demonstrate her musical aptitude. The single as well as the forthcoming studio album “Love Genesis” follow the successful release of her recently digitally released mixtape (This Is Not The Album), a collection of all the hits she had released over the years as well as the songs which did not make the final cut of her debut album. To celebrate the launch of the debut album, Efya will embark on a nationwide tour subsequently followed by an international one. For tour dates and the latest on EFYA news, please visit us at http://www.efyasworld.com

(RECEIVED FROM EFYA’S PR TEAM)