Wiyaala will be on Maggie’s Stage at 12.40pm on Sunday 22nd July. Book tickets here.
Wiyaala, which means “the doer” in her local Sissala dialect, is from Funsi, a typical African village in the Upper West Region of Ghana close to the borders of Burkina Faso and Cote D’Ivoire. Her music is a potent fusion of West African folk songs and stadium pop informed by her personal interpretation of traditional West African mythology and storytelling.
The second of four sisters and thanks to a musical mother, she “dodged” FGM and child marriage, whilst also attracting attention as a child entertainer, dancer, artist and athlete, despite growing up in a patriarchal society frequently hostile to artistic growth.
In 2012, she made the long journey to the capital city, Accra, and against the odds won an emphatic victory in the Vodafone Icons Reality Show. The door was opened and now via Womad, CNN, BBC and many international stages the ever-resourceful Wiyaala is finding more and more ways to charm audiences with her warmth and unique talent. Her second album, “Rock and Sand” is due out later this year.