I'm appreciated more outside Ghana—Wiyaala

By: Gifty Owusu-Amoah
Wiyaala is tired of bias music industry
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THERE is no doubt that Afro-pop musician, Wiyaala is one of the talented female artistes in the industry but for the Sisaala singer, she’s not appreciated by the system in Ghana.

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According to her, the unfair treatment of the system has pushed her to take her music trade outside the country where people value her talent and works.

“I won Female Vocalist of the Year 2015 at the Ghana Music Awards but is that all I deserve? I think I’m worth more than that,” the Rock My Body artiste said.

Wiyaala made the statement while speaking on Joy Prime’s E-with Beck this week. In what seemed to be a bare-it-all interview, the 2013 Vodafone Icons winner said her kind of music isn’t appreciated because the system wants artistes to follow popular trends.

“If you are not doing what the system wants, then you are blacklisted and they pretend you don’t even exist. I’m always the last person they think of when it comes to shows because they think I can’t pull crowds to make their money.

“I’ve had people tell me to sing in Twi and that will make it easier for me. I’ve even been convinced to feature artistes to give me popularity and recognition. At a time, I just got tired of all the reasons I needed to excel so I made a decision to move out and indeed, I’m doing remarkably well,” Wiyaala said.

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Wiyaala who is also VGMA 2015 Songwriter of the Year disclosed that she’s had to face the consequences of doing what she likes because she doesn’t want to follow the crowd and what is perceived to be in demand.

“I can do all those ‘One Corner’ songs and also get Most Popular Song nomination and all that but charlie, I have to be truthful to myself. For me, there’s no time to please everybody. If I waste my time pleasing everybody, when am I going to have time to be me?” she queried.

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Describing herself as an “untamed lioness”, the Village Sex artiste added that Ghanaians are naturally dream killers who sabotage talents of upcoming musicians and advised the young up and coming artistes to be original and stay true to themselves and their vision.

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