Noella Wiyaala, or simply Wiyaala, is a personification of modern Africa: creative, brave, strong, beautiful. The singer/songwriter from the Upper West of Ghana works hard at everything she puts her mind to. Her name, Wiyaala, literally translates to “the doer” in Sissala, her tribal language in which she sings alongside English, and perfectly describes her approach to life.
She is an artist, designer, natural athlete and an ambassador of African culture. Wiyaala is also known for standing up for women's rights, having a very distinctive androgynous image herself. She would often get called "man-woman" by the boys in school but would also be the first to lead the boys and girls into the bush for wild hunts.
Wiyaala has a life-long history of pursuing her passions for performing, but it was after attending Takoradi Poly on an art and design course when she took things a step further. In 2011 she auditioned for Ghana’s own “Stars of the Future” and earned her way into the finals, winning two Golden Moments awards. Her success fired the drive to perform even harder, which led her to enter the Vodafone Icons Mixed Edition music reality show where she took first place with her then group, Black n Peach in 2012.
2013 has become a monumental year for Wiyaala as a solo artist. She released two video hit singles - “Make Me Dance”, featuring Ghana's first ever underwater scenes in a music video, and “Rock My Body”, which have both been nominated for awards in the “Best Discovery” and the “Best Reggae/Dancehall” categories in Ghana’s 4Syte TV Music Video Awards for 2013.
In October, Wiyaala secured an international distribution and publishing deal with JTV Digital in Paris. She also became the face of the IGNITE! Ghana project - a cultural education project which aims to endorse traditional Ghanaian music and dance culture in schools.
On top of everything else going in her favor, in November Wiyaala joined Tiwa Savage and Wizkid from Nigeria as Brand Ambassadors for Pepsi in West Africa, following her appointment as the representative for Pepsi in Ghana.
Wiyaala is currently busy in Accra with regular live shows and is planning a “club mix” release for Make Me Dance and a new single “You Got The Power” for release in 2013.