Musician Wiyaala deserves to be a major international star, says Jon Benjamin, the British High Commissioner to Ghana.
Benjamin told hosts of Live Breakfast Club on Live FM, Jay Foley and Jeremie, he believes that Wiyaala is an asset to the Ghana music industry and should be celebrated.
“Here in Ghana, we’ve particularly been promoting Noella Wiyaala. We really hope that she is going to make a big breakthrough this year. I really think she will be a major international star for Ghana. I hope so, she deserves to be,” Jon Benjamin added.
Wiyaala launched her self-titled album at an impressive event at the Alliance Française in 2014, and won The Most Promising Artiste and The Revelation of the African Continent at the All Africa Music Awards weeks after the launch.
For the first time in about five years, she dethroned Efya as the winner of the Best Female Vocalist at the Ghana Music Awards 2015.
On her recent visit to the UK, Wiyaala, aka the Lioness of Africa, used the opportunity to shoot a stunning video for her song ‘Leno’, which is set to drop on February 1.
‘Leno’ which means ‘This Place’, is inspired by the spirit of love and tells the story of a young man going about his business, when he hears an enchanting female voice coming from the forest.
Bewitched by the song, he enters the forest in search of its source and comes face to face with a mysterious beautiful African woman with whom he falls in love at first sight. She leads him to ‘This Place’ (Leno) and he experiences the overwhelming power of love.
On that screen kiss, Wiyaala refuses to be drawn, saying only, “if the story requires me to kiss on screen, then I’ll do it as a professional.”
The music video is a Djimba World Production, directed by Charlotte Appleton, shot entirely on location in East Yorkshire and in the historic city of York in the UK.