Wiyaala is a famous Musician, who was born on December 22, 1986 in Upper West, Ghana. She is a Ghanaian Afro-pop singer-songwriter who sings in her native language Sissala and Waala dialects and English, often combining all three languages within her songs.
Noella Wiyaala Background
According to Astrologers, Wiyaala’s zodiac sign is Sagittarius. And the name Wiyaala means ‘the doer’ in the Sissala dialect. She is well known for her single “Make Me Dance” and her androgynous image. After making her name in reality shows in Accra, she established a solo career in 2013 with the hit single “Rock My Body”, which won her two awards at the 2014 first edition of the All Africa Music Awards, the Most Promising Artiste in Africa and Revelation of The African Continent.
Wiyaala is also associated with UNICEF Ghana and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection of Ghana in campaigns against child marriage, child poverty, health and sanitation. She headlined the 15th London African Music Festival in London.
In 2009 she recorded her first album “Tuma” (“Work”) in the Sissala language at Echo Soundz Studios in Wa, Upper West Ghana. Songs like “Dannu” and “Dirik…” soon became local hits.
You may be wondering what ethnicity or ancestry Wiyaala falls in. As per public resource, IMDb & Wikipedia, Wiyaala’s ethnicity is not known.
Noella Wiyaala was born in Wa, Upper West Ghana as one of four sisters and grew up in Funsi and Tumu. She got first singing lessons from her mother, a choir singer in the local church, and she has performed ever since she was 5 years old. Her surname, which she picked for a stage name, means “the doer” in her native Sisaala language. During her late teenage years, she played football as a midfielder.
She attended Kansec Secondary School and later Kanton Secondary High in Tumu, where she acquired a reputation for being a tom-boy, playing football and was in demand as a dancer and entertainer in school productions. She also attended Takoradi Polytechnic on an art and design course.
From early childhood in the Upper West Region of Ghana, Wiyaala was active as an entertainer, earning her first income as a performer in a local bar in Tamale. After attending Kansec Secondary High School, Wiyaala’s musical career began in earnest when she joined the local music scene in Wa which centered around Echo Soundz Recording Studios. She performed at local events and recorded as a usually unpaid session singer for artists in the Upper West Region.
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Looking to establish a national career, she made the journey to Accra to audition for Ghana’s own “Stars of the Future”. At the third attempt in 2011, she earned her way into the finals, winning two Golden Moments awards. She won the 2012 Vodafone ICONS Mixed Edition contest hosted by fellow Ghanaian DJ “Benny Blanco”, as part of the Ghanaian band Black N Peach, while singing Tina Turner’s “Simply The Best”.
Wiyaala Net Worth
Wiyaala is one of the richest Musician & listed on most popular Musician. According to our analysis, Wikipedia, Forbes & Business Insider, Wiyaala net worth is approximately $1.5 Million. Wiyaala made her TV acting debut in late 2013 in the Viasat 1 hit comedy series MultiKoloured.
Also, “Make Me Dance” got released also in remixed form in Nu-disco, Breakbeat, Drum and bass and Trance styles on 9 December 2013. The “Make Me Dance” Remix EP was mastered in the Paris-based La Source Mastering Studio and released worldwide through Djimba World Records. On 8 December 2013, Wiyaala and Plug DJ held an online-only listening party of the “Make Me Dance” Remixes EP before the official release.
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It’s known that the ever-resourceful Wiyaala, designs and sews her own unique stage costumes, finding more and more ways to charm audiences with her warmth and unique talent.
Wiyaala is also a member of international female band GRRRL and a committed supporter of the arts in Northern Ghana having created and organized the The Djimba World Music Festival now in its third year. She is also an active influencer for UNICEF Ghana and fights for the abolition of FGM, Early Child Marriage and the rights of children.
Noella is outspoken on the male-dominated culture and polygyny of some African countries and to stand up for women’s rights and against family violence in her native Ghana. Her song “Tinambayai” in Sisaala language has been regarded as a protest against the exploitation of women in Africa.
Noella Wiyaala has featured on BBC talking about early child marriage and has expressed sympathy for feminism as a mean to encourage young girls into completing their education so that they themselves can be the ones that make the choices in their lives and also declared her success would serve as an example to her community that there was a future for young women beyond an early forced marriage.