“I loved working with the kids and they responded to the challenge with some great acting performances. This confirms yet again there is huge undiscovered talent in our country and we must do more to encourage it.” The singer added, “this work also aims to dispel some of the negative images of children in Africa. Although I grew up in a village which had its problems, we were also happy, resourceful and optimistic.”“Tuma” which translates to “No food for the lazy man”, is a song Wiyaala originally wrote and recorded in 2009 at Echo Soundz Studio in Wa and then re-recorded in South Africa for her debut album, the self-titled “Wiyaala”, which is now enjoying positive reviews in the international press.
“The Tuma music video project took a huge amount of work and the final result is an absolute credit to Wiyaala, the children, the production team and in particular, the construction team in Wa. We wanted to create a microcosm of Ghanaian society, reflecting the traditional work ethic of the people. I believe we have achieved this and I want to say a huge thank you to all the hard working people who helped bring the concept to life,” said the director Charlotte Appleton.
Released during Wiyaala’s European Tour and just after her performance at The Queens Birthday Celebrations, ‘Tuma’ shows off Wiyaala’s Northern Ghanaian heritage. This all important flavor is set to stun crowds at the WOMAD festival in the U.K next month.