Ghanian singer, Wiyaala, the Young Lioness of Africa, has released a new single. ‘Yaga Yaga’ has a powerful message that’s underscored by a hypnotic hook that will draw you in and never let you go.

Wiyaala explained on her social media platforms about the meaning of the new song, which is sung in Waali, a language spoken by the Waala people of Northern Ghana.

Speaking from Selbourne, in the UK, Wiyaala asks,

“Why are we always fighting? Why are we always insulting each other? Why can’t we sort out our differences without anger and attacking each other? Come on! Ghana is known to be one of the most peaceful countries in this world! Let’s try and fix things calmly. If we don’t, the scavengers will take over, so let’s dance all that anger and frustration away Yaga Yaga! (Plenty Plenty).”

Watch Wiyaala’s explanation here.

The vibrant and upbeat song comes with a music video to match, which was produced, edited, and directed by Wiyaala herself. Watch it below:

Wiyaala - Yaga Yaga (Plenty Plenty)

The video is a joyful celebration of the power of dance to bring smiles, peace, love and unity no matter your race, colour or geographic location in the world.

Wiyaala is a VGMA and AFRIMA award winning Afro Folk/Pop singer songwriter who has toured the world representing Ghana on global media platforms and stages. She is well known for her work supporting young girls and boys in her home town Funsi where she lives when not on tour.

‘Yaga Yaga’ is the first single from her upcoming album of the same name, and was recorded and produced at MU Studios in Sheffield UK by Martin Gregory Smith, whose credits include media campaigns for Audi, BMW, Braun, Jeep, Reebok and working associations with Prince, Bombay Bicycle Club, William Orbit, Groove Armada, Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker, Gomez and UFO.

K.O.G (Kweku of Ghana) who co-wrote much of the album alongside Wiyaala is based in the UK and has performed with The Zongo Brigade and ONIPA on some of the biggest stages in Europe including Glastonbury, WOMAD and on BBC TV’s world famous “Later With Jools Holland” music show.

You can find out more about Wiyaala and her music – and we think you most certainly should – online on YouTube, her official website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Stream/Download ‘Yaga Yaga’ here.

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