Entertainment journalists advised to tell positive stories

Entertainment journalists in Ghana have been advised to tell the positive stories of the Creative Arts in Ghana instead of the manner in which they report on entertainment scene. The co-convener of the Ghana Culture Forum (GCF) Akunu Dake gave the advice at the launch of a song by Della Hayes, a singer and leader of an all-women’s band at the La Villa Hotel Boutique Hotel, Osu.

According to Mr Dake, there is the need for a concerted effort to develop the Creative Industries in Ghana and it is therefore crucial that the media plays a frontline role in this.

Recorded in Accra, Abidjan and Paris, the song, “Let’s Have a Party,” highlights the amazing voice and singing skills of Della Hayes who established the first all women’s band in Ghana and the second in Africa in 2009. The song which has an infectious groove features Ivorian star Freddie Meiway.

A video of the song was also released at the programme which was graced by industry players including Diana Hopeson, former MUSIGA President, Bessa Simons of MUSIGA and GHAMRO, the MUSIGA Administrator Rev Fiifi Khan Agyarkwa, the Greater Accra branch chairman of MUSIGA, Ras Appiah Levi and the media which included Dr Cann of Happy FM and Lexis Bill, host of Drivetime on Joy FM. Also present were musicians like international acts Elivava and Dela Boutri.

An elated Della Hayes says, “I am so excited this song is finally being released. It’s a result of an amazing friendship with Freddie Meiway who I met in Cote D’ Ivoire during a festival there. He is such a wonderful person and working with him was fun.” She adds, “The song and video were recorded in Accra, Abidjan and Paris.”

Della Hayes’s Let’s Have a Party is an infectious collaboration with Ivorian Singer, Freddie Meiway that has you bouncing to the beat the moment you hear the first strains of the song. The song showcases Della Hayes amazing singing skills which are complemented by Freddie Meiway’s luscious style.

The two singers trade loving jibes in the song which was produced by ace musician and producer Bessa Simons. The exciting thing about “Let’s Have a Party” is that it has an irresistibly great groove that puts you in the dancing mood as the two singers sing about love and good times.

There are a few women who are leaders of bands in the world and there are even fewer women’s bands and Della Hayes is one of that rare breed of people who has established and leads and all women’s band. As a matter of fact, she established the first all women group in Ghana and the second in Africa after Cote D’ Ivoire’s Bella Mondo.

In 2009 after decades as a singer, Della decided to realize one of her many dreams which was the formation of an all girls band. Since then she has gone on to establish her first group after she ended her relationship with her first band, Dzesi.

Today she has a new set of girls who she has groomed into an awesome and exciting group of performers. An elated Della Hayes has assured her fans of more great music and the release of her second album early next year.Della Hayes Della Hayes Della Hayes

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