Wiyaala, the young lioness, leads the pride towards peace and unity
Following success with her singles ‘Make Me Dance’, ‘Rock My Body’, ‘Africa’, and the World Cup anthem ‘Go Go Black Stars, Goal!’, Wiyaala announces her self-titled album. The new LP, Wiyaala, is distributed on the Djimba World Records label under exclusive license to JTV Digital. It is officially released worldwide on November 24th through all major digital retailers. The album, sung in a mix of English and local tribal dialects of Sissali and Wale, is an update on the “clash of civilizations” between the cultural traditions, social order and practices of West Africa and the impact of the “West”.
Wiyaala does not seek confrontation. She has a positive message. In the songs ‘Siiko’, ‘Bunsun’ and ‘Sun & Moon’, Wiyaala gently chides, that in the haste to acquire the benefits of the digital life, her people should not forget their roots: “Come, let’s go back! Embrace the things we left behind, and add them to what we have now.”
Wiyaala, from the Upper West Of Ghana, is a personification of modern Africa: creative, brave, strong and beautiful. Her name, literally translates to “the doer” in Sissala, her tribal language, and perfectly describes her approach to life. Frequently compared to Angelique Kidjo and Grace Jones, Wiyaala’s music is truly Afro-Pop fusing her African roots with contemporary world pop music. Wiyaala has four nominations at the 2014 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) - Revelation Of the African Continent, Best Reggae, Ragga, Dancehall Song for ‘Rock My Body’, Best Female Artist West Africa and Most Promising African.