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GH Female Musician Appreciation Month

April is marked in many places around the world as Jazz Appreciation Month. Let’s modify that into a celebration of an appreciation for our local GH female musicians. Today, we celebrate…

19. Della Hayes

She constantly asked for recommendations and sometimes tracked down suggested names to churches and markets in her search for female instrumentalists. The efforts paid off when singer Della managed to get the Dzesi all-female band up and running. It was outdoored at the Alliance Francaise, Accra in April 2009.
When the other members of Dzesi left in 2014 to form Les Femmes which later became Lipstick, Della put together a new bunch of young players she called Women of Colour. The new band was launched at the +233 Jazz Bar & Grill, Accra in December 2015. Before pursuing her women’s band dream, Della was an active singer on the scene in the 1980s and 1990s. She sang with the Sumsum, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation and Ghana Navy bands and worked with acts like Jewel Ackah, Amandzeba, Paulina Oduro , Lady Talata and Ebo Taylor. Della has an album, From Africa with Love and a single, Let’s Have a Party, under her name.

By: Nii Laryea Korley

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