Wiyaala, which means “the doer” in her local Sissala dialect, is from Funsi, an African village in the Upper West Region of Ghana close to the borders of Burkina Faso and Cote D’Ivoire.
Wiyaala is popularly known as the “Lioness of Africa”. Her music is a fusion of West African folk songs and contemporary Afro-pop informed by traditional West African storytelling.
She is one of Ghana’s leading international touring artists performing at top events and festivals all over the world, including the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Australia, WOMAD UK and the Timitar Festival in Morocco. In 2018 Wiyaala was celebrated by the BBC as one of their African Women of the year.
Credit: Emmanuel Ghansah