UW: Wiyaala Joins Recording Academy’s 2022 Membership Class

Wiyaala Performing

The Recording Academy, home of the renowned Grammy Awards, has invited music professionals which include Ghanaian musician, Wiyaala, to join its membership.She joins over 2,000 people who were invited to become voting members and more than 600 additional people who were invited as professional (non-voting) members.

Takingto her social media pages, Wiyaala thanked the Recording Academy for the invitation.

She also shared an artwork from the Recording Academy acknowledging her as part of the ‘2022 Member Class.

’According to a report by Billboard, those invited have until July 12 to accept their invitations if they are to vote for the 65th annual Grammy Awards.

Meanwhile, Wiyaala is not the only Ghanaian to have received an invite from the Academy.

In 2021, reggae/dancehall artiste Stonebwoy and Grammy nominee Samuel Bazawule, popularly known as Blitz the Ambassador, were invited to be members.This forms part of the Academy’s plan to expand and diversify its membership.

It currently has more than 12,000 voting members and more than 3,000 professional (non-voting) members.In a video posted to their social media pages, Director of Member and Outreach Systems, Ashley Thomas, reported that 56% of the total 2,700 invitees are from “underrepresented communities.”She further said the new invitees show “equality and equity” between men and women – “continuing our commitment to creating a more welcoming and safe environment for all individuals across the industry.

”She noted that the new member invitees represent more than 13 different crafts and 22 different genres.

In 2021, the Recording Academy in a statement wrote that the invitations also reaffirm their recognition of the important contributions of music people to influence progressive changes within the music industry.

Source: Ghanasummary.com

Wiyaala to perform with Ahmed Soultan at Timitar Festival

Ghanaian Afro-pop artiste Noella Wiyaala, will be on stage with Morrocan musician Ahmed Soultan at the Timitar Festival in Agadir, Morocco.

The two will perform their collaboration, “This is Who I am,” which is on Ahmed’s award-winning 2016 album, “Music has no Boundaries.”

After the festival, Wiyaala will go back to the United Kingdom to perform at the Africa Utopia Festival at the South Bank Centre in London, she will also tour the UK in August and September.

The Timitar Festival is a three-day event that is defined by its focus on the Amazigh culture, with a theme of “signs and culture” and has performances from traditional and modern Moroccan musicians alongside those of contemporary international artists.

Gamebwoy and Stunner’s ‘Beef’ finally extends to Wiyaala’s Concert, Fans Disrupt Program

Tensions rose at Wiyaala’s concert in Wa Community center when Gamebwoy was called on stage to perform.

Gamebwoy was forced down the stage by Zongo youth because of a beef[misunderstanding] he has with another artiste by Name Stunner. Pure water, bottles and other objects were thrown at Gamebwoy to humiliate him down the stage. A Sound mixing device used in the show was damaged in the process some dignitaries including Wiyaala’s Manager John Sheren expressed disappointment in the attitude of the fans.

He said most strangers from away may take away wrong image of the region thereby distorting our character but as of now it’s not known how Wiyaala would react to this situation.

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By: Tuorimuo Elvis Philip/Upperwestmedia.net

I once attempted to bleach my skin – Wiyaala

Speaking on ‘Rhythmz Live’ with Berla Mundi on Thursday, December 16, Afro Pop singer, Noella Wiyaala, disclosed the harshest statement thrown at her for simply appearing less feminine in structure.

The award winning singer has come under severe trolls and very unpleasant comments from people who perceive her to be ugly and also think she appears more like a man than a woman.

Replying a troll she endured sometime back when she revealed her virginity status, she received a horrible comment which stated that one will need a chainsaw to be able to break her virginity – tongue in cheek!.

“It’s cool, it’s fantastic. I don’t get angry with these insults anymore” she said. She stressed that she has heard harsher and worse comments. “These ones are baby, koko. I have heard worse, someone actually told me I have a penis.”

Wiyaala disclosed that when she was in her teens, she used to beat up people who passed uncanny comments about her appearance. The 29 year old singer also revealed that she tried bleaching to fit in and to look beautiful but stopped all the efforts when she got to 18 because she developed a high level of self-love, confidence, and acceptance.

Credit: Rhythmz Live

Wiyaala Becomes UNICEF Ambassador.

Wiyaala recently announced her upcoming project partnership with UNICEF which will see her be an ambassador to “End child marriage and End Child Poverty” in the Upper West region where she comes from.

She also announced her upcoming festival in the Upper West region in December which will mainly be a live band affair and also give local artistes the opportunity to share the stage with her.

“I’m in a project with the UNICEF and because of that I’m more in the Upper West region. In order to help the community, I moved back home to my big family where we say, let children be children, I meet the children, bring them to the studio and we have fun.”

Wiyaala says John Dumelo is no more her celebrity crush in an interview with Nii Kpakpo Thompson.

Source: Tuorimuo Elvis Philip/Upperwestmedia.net