To be called “the Young Lioness of Africa” is a pretty demanding title, but Wiyaala entirely deserves it. As much as her feline counterpart, the Ghanaian artist is bold, tenacious and uncompromising. At little more than 30, she has already become a personality in Ghanaian culture as a singer/songwriter, actress, model and designer; a reference for African women as an activist for women and children’s rights, and now she is finally starting to bring her spirit and music to Europe.
In a few days’ time, she will honour the SOAS Concert Series at the Brunei Gallery in London with a surely stimulating show, which will go far beyond the afro-pop musical borders. In fact, to catchy and easily appealing vibes, Wiyaala adds her Upper West Ghana tradition, Sissala language and thought-provoking lyrics. Since 2013, when she released her first single “Make Me Dance”, she has indeed embraced, defied and even cheated the pop definition, always adding her soul and West African roots to it.
So, join Wiyaala on Friday at Brunei Gallery and be inspired by the tuneful roar of a young Sissala lioness.