Gyakie, the sensational African Songbird, emerged victorious over the weekend as she won the highly coveted Record of the Year award at the 2023 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. Her chart-topping single, “Far Away,” stole the hearts of music lovers and solidified her position as a rising star in the industry.
“Far Away” is an emotionally captivating Afropop reggae-influenced song that beautifully explores the theme of love, a topic Gyakie effortlessly delves into in each of her compositions. The track, taken from her sophomore EP “My Diary,” received accolades for its outstanding originality and production value, making it a deserving winner in the Record of the Year category.
Gyakie’s choice to sample her father, the legendary Nana Achaempong’s “Si Me So,” in “Far Away” further added to its allure. In an interview, she revealed that the song held a special place in her heart as it became her father’s favorite upon hearing it. The inclusion of her father’s line in such a beautiful composition brought immeasurable joy to him.
Since its release, “Far Away” has garnered widespread acclaim and has been performed by Gyakie on various prestigious stages. She made history as the first Ghanaian artist to perform on VEVO’s DSCVR, delivering a captivating live rendition of the song. The accompanying visualizer and lyric video on YouTube have collectively accumulated nearly a million views, solidifying its status as a fan favorite.
With over a million monthly listeners on Spotify, Gyakie has witnessed tremendous growth since her debut single and the subsequent release of her EP, “My Diary.” Her talent has transcended borders, leading to collaborations with international acts such as Davido, Omah Lay, AKA, Diplo, Serge Ibaka, Blaq Jerzee, JBee, and more. At the awards ceremony, Gyakie mesmerized the audience with a powerful performance of her hit single “Something” and delivered an emotionally charged rendition of her latest release, “Scar.”
For the most part, Gyakie’s triumph at the 2023 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards showcases her exceptional artistry and reaffirms her promising future in the music industry. Her ability to connect with listeners through her soul-stirring compositions continues to propel her to new heights. As fans eagerly await her next musical venture, Gyakie’s journey of musical exploration and growth continues to captivate audiences both locally and globally.