Music in Ghana today, has changed significantly from what it used to be a little over a decade ago. Aside a notable migration from the country’s very own “Hip-Life” genre towards the Afro beats genre, there are other glaring changes that can be pointed out. The most imperative among these changes in the amazing rise in the number of female artistes that currently occupy the front row seats within the Ghanaian music industry. Today, Ghana is not stuck with a “one woman attack” as it was when Mzbel was at her prime or a complete “no show for women” in the few years prior to Mzbel’s rise to stardom.
It is only right then to appreciate the women who are working tirelessly hard to make sure their gender is well represented in the industry. Wendy Shay; the Rufftown records signed artiste who took the Ghanaian music industry hostage since the untimely demise of Ebony Reigns, is one such artiste who continues to rack in the numbers and dominate the industry. The “Stevie Wonder” hit-maker currently sits comfortably atop the hot list of “hotcake” female artistes in Ghana. Sista Afia; another female artists that is fearfully dominant within the Ghanaian music industry has also been making great strides since stepping up the final rungs of the ladder of fame. The “Jeje” hit-maker who doubles as an entrepreneur, continues to wow many fans with her voice and craft as an artiste.
Even though these two and others like Eno Barony and Wiyaala have been putting in their best individual efforts, one can not refute the fact that the void that needs to be filled by females within the industry is still very deep. Ghana’s female musicians despite having the numbers on the domestic front, can not really boast of breaking the limiting shackles that keep preventing them from breaking through significant markets like Nigeria, Southern Africa and even the entirety of the African continent.
This is why the arrival of newcomer F.A.Y. is convoyed by excitement and anticipation as the Ghanaian people expect nothing but the very best. Born Floria Agyemang Yeboaa, Fay is a native of Sunyani in the Bono region of Ghana. She attended Sunyani Methodist primary and junior high schools before enrolling at Dormaa Senior High School where she read Home Economics.
She later enrolled at the Sunyani Technical University where she read Hotel, Catering and Institutional management (Hospitality and Tourism). Aside music, Fay works as a beautician and is described by many as a philanthropist and a stout entrepreneur. The “Cry” hit maker whose songs are mostly produced by EddyKay beats, is definitely bringing the competition back to life not only with her astonishing voice but also with her extraordinary writing skills.
Do you believe F.A.Y. is capable of raising the flag of Ghana high again despite the skyrocketing odds against female musicians in our industry? Kindly share your views and insight with us in the comments section.
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