Singer/songwriter, SSUE, is keeping her fingers tightly crossed as this year’s Ghana Arts & Culture Awards (GACA) event approaches.
In 2020, she emerged the GACA Ghanaian Artist of the Year and is in the reckoning for the accolade again this year. She is in contention this time around alongside Wiyaala, Seyram Music and Big Twins Africa.
GACA determines nominees for a specific year based on the artist’s output in the previous year. SSUE came to national attention in 2018 and won the GACA Discovery of the Year trophy at the 2019 event.
She laid on several performances in Ghana and abroad in 2019 and they were enough to clinch her the GACA topmost prize for 2020.
GACA aims to honour individuals and brands that have made major contributions to the arts and culture front in Ghana.
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Though the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns and restrictions proved disastrous for active live acts like SSUE, she still managed to pack in a lot of activity in 2020 that caught the attention of the GACA organisers.
She finished recording her Bambaya Fire EP that featured Highlife great Pat Thomas on a track titled Bome Nkomode. SSUE also opened for the internationally-acclaimed Steel Pulse band at a concert to mark Ghana’s Independence Day.
She also got together with musicians from other parts of the globe to participate in an eight-week digital festival aimed at creating awareness on how to curb the spread of COVID-19. The campaign was organized by DSNY TV of France.
She participated in several virtual concerts including the Ghana National Council in Chicago Festival and the appreciation show for Frontline Health Workers of the World. She was also part of the 2020 Felabration virtual concerts that honoured Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
SSUE co-wrote the Yo Love Is Betta song with Gregg Kofi Brown for Osibisa’s recently released New Dawn album.
“I like to look at the bright side of things. That’s why I pushed on with vim and explored all the avenues I could to keep on working despite the apparent gloom around us,” SSUE said about her 2020 projects.
So 2020 was an extremely busy year for SSUE and she is not surprised to have been nominated in the Ghanaian Artist of the Year 2021 category with voting ending on November 20.