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…
Few singers make names for themselves as backup vocalists before they even put down material under their own names and that was the situation with Tina Mensah, better known as Elivava. Everyone knew she was the one to call for the best harmonies and lead-ins to the main singers’ parts long before her own 10-track Elivava: I Live 4ever album was released at a concert at the Goethe-Institut, Accra in November 2008. As a backing singer, Elivava was obliged to deal with all sorts of styles, thus encouraging her to explore a captivating fusion of Highlife, Soca, Funk, Afro-Rock, and other approaches on her own album. Her songs were rendered in Ewe, English, French, and Twi. Artistes she had worked and toured with prior to her maiden collection included Rocky Dawuni, Kojo Antwi, Daddy Lumba, Obrafour, Atongo Zimba, VIP, Barima Sidney, Rex Omar, Ekow Alabi, Bessa Simons, Amandzeba and Afro Moses. She has new material and continues to collaborate with a variety of acts in Europe, especially in Denmark and Germany.
By: Nii Laryea Korley