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Music of Friday, 1 December 2017


Wiyaala’s Djimba World Music Festival returns on December 23

The second edition of the Wiyaala’s Djimba World Music Festival will take place at InService, Wa in the Upper West Region on 23rd December, 2017.

After a massive turn-out at last year’s event, the dynamic singer promised an annual opportunity for Upper West artists to showcase their talents.

This year, the festival will feature ‘Koliko’ playing Atongo Zimba, one of Ghana’s biggest music exports, and Prince Kareem aka Jah Bone, who is popular for his fusion of melodic traditional and reggae rhythms.

Also performing is the evergreen Taarza Tailor (reputed to have a wife in every village), a mesmerising dancer and singing story teller. They will be joined by HadgiMuzik Wachiebine an award-winning dancehall artist from Tumu.

Representing the ladies will be the lovely songstress Sumtaana Shee Rap from Nandom who is known for her hit song “Disco”, an intriguing pot-pourri of Afropop and rap.

Wiyaala, now a veteran of international stages and “local girl made good”, will headline and MC the entire show with all musicians performing “live” with the Djimba World Band.

Wiyaala says it’s always been her dream to organise an annual festival in her own region and she is delighted that other musicians, such as Edem and Kofi Kinaata have also started festivals this year in their home towns.

“I believe this is the way to go. We are building a music scene in each region in order to encourage creativity and diversity amongst our musicians”, the singer said.

Wiyaala who gained international prominence with her afro-centric songs and artistry has songs like ‘Rock My Body,’ ‘Make Me Dance,’ ‘Sun & Moon,’ ‘You got the Power’ and ‘Tuma.’