Jane Fara Fauzzier Afia Boafowaa Yahaya Awindor (born April 10, 1987), better known by her stage name Efya, is a Ghanaian neo soul vocalist, songwriter, performer and actress from Kumasi. She is the daughter of Nana Adwoa Awindor, a filmmaker and celebrity host of the late television show Greetings From Abroad.
Efya got her first exposure to fame when she participated in the maiden edition of the Stars of the Future talent show.
She won the Best Female Vocal Performance category at the Ghana Music Awards in four succession, beginning in 2011. Moreover, she was applauded for her performance at the 2013 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.
Her debut mixtape, T.I.N.T., was released on November 11, 2013; it consists of songs that were released between 2011 to 2013.
The mixtape was supported by the singles “Getaway” and “Best In Me”. She is preparing for the release of her debut studio album Janesis, which is scheduled for an October 2015 release. “Forgetting Me”, the album’s lead single, was released on January 11, 2014.
Efya was born in Kumasi, Ghana. She has two brothers and a sister; she obtained her secondary education from Yaa Asantewaa Secondary School. She relocated to Accra when her mother enrolled at the NAFTI film school.
Efya received voice trainings from some of her family members at a young age. She graduated with a degree in theatre and music from the University of Ghana. In 2008, she gained national acceptance throughout Ghana by becoming the first runner up in Charterhouse’s Stars of The Future television show. She lost to Irene Logan, but secured herself a three-year recording deal.
The recording deal enabled her and Irene to do a collaborative album titled Unveiled, which was released in South Africa. Following the conclusion of her recording deal with Charterhouse, Efya continued to record songs and perform at local gigs. She changed her stage name from Miss Jane to Efya prior to starting her solo career.
In an interview posted on Modern Ghana, Efya said: “When I decided to go solo, it made sense at the time to reinvent myself in every way, I wanted a name that was African and unique but at the same time relevant to me in some way. My manager Jimmi helped me come up with the name Efya”. In 2011, she signed a recording deal with One Nation Entertainment.
My album has won a lot of souls for Christ’ – Bro. Clement I
Gospel musician Clement Opoku Ababio, known in the gospel music scene as Bro. Clement, has said that his album, ‘Pentecostal Praise’ has won a lot of souls for Christ. According to him, despite claims that his songs have not enjoyed a lot of airplay recently, his aim of winning soul has been achieved.
Speaking in an interview with this writer, Bro. Clement said, "The good God is still performing wonders through his songs, adding “All his songs have made a lot of impact on the lives of many people”.
Bro clement was full of praise for God for showering blessings on him since he joined the gospel music industry a decade ago.He, therefore, urged his teeming fans to patronize his album to enable him to give back to the vulnerable in the society. In fact, it has not been easy for me and so I’m always happy when I see people changing because of my gospel music," he added.
With a number of hit songs to his credit, the gospel artiste disclosed that he is currently in the studios working on his latest album, which, according to him, would make his presence felt again on the music scene.“I believe the time has come for me to show Ghana and world the kind of stuff I am made of. I will continue to use my music to educate people about the teachings of Christ and also advise them to desist from any act that will undermine their progress. Gospel music is good; it teaches us a moral way of life or value that could help us in our day to day activities,” he said. He said his upcoming album has 10 inspirational and soul-soothing songs and most of the songs can be considered as good gospel music fused with good rhythms and danceable beats.
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