HURRAY: Musician Efya Makes History As The First Ghanaian To Perform At Sound Of Brazil (SOB) In New York

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On Wednesday 26th April 2017, Efya again made history for Ghana, as she performed at the Sound of Brazil (SOB) in New York, which is considered a rite of passage for artistes looking to make it big in the US and also the last place Fela Kuti, performed in the USA, before he left the body.

The Ghanaian songstress, will be the first Ghanaian musician to perform at the 500 capacity venue – which has been graced once by the likes of music icons like: Outkast, Drake, Kid Cudi, DMX, Kendrick Lamar and others.

Efya, who sounds optimistic about the year ahead, tells her “gingams” to be in for continuous thrills – as she intends to keep giving Ghana, her country, Africa, her continent, a world class representation.


Early Life

Jane Fara Fauzzier Afia Boafowaa Yahaya Awindor known with the stage name, Efya, was born on 10th April, 1987 in Kumasi, Ashanti region, Ghana. She is a Ghanaian neo-soul vocalist, songwriter, performer and an actress.

She has two brothers and a sister. Efya attended Garrison for her elementary education, Yaa Asantewaa Secondary School and tertiary education at University of Ghana where she acquired a first degree in Theatre and Music.

She relocated to Accra when her mother, Nana Hemaa Adjoa Awindor, enrolled at the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI). She began her singing career in the church choir, but prior to this, Efya had designs on an entirely different future, filmmaking.

Efya wanted to follow in her mother’s footsteps – a filmmaker who became a celebrity in her own right, as the host of a popular Ghanaian TV Show, ‘Greetings from Abroad’ in the 90s. The show was highly acclaimed, and thus gave Efya, the opportunity to understudy her mother in film production.

Music Career

In 2008, she gained national recognition as the first runner-up in Charterhouse’s ‘Stars of The Future’ television reality show. She lost to Irene Logan, but secured herself a three year recording deal.

The deal enabled her and Irene to do a collaboration – album titled ‘Unveiled,’ which was released in South Africa. When the time was due for her to go solo, she changed her official name Jane Efya. She did this because she wanted an African and unique name but at the same time relevant to her in a way.

Efya is better known for hit records such as: ‘Best in Me,’ ‘Little things,’ “Don’t Judge Me,” “One of Your Own.” Anytime you see Efya, just shout ‘gingam’ and you may be going home with fond memories of her charming smile, peck, hug, or a kiss – depending on her mood.

Awards And Nominations


  • Ghana Music Awards: Best Female Vocal Performance – 2011
  • Ghana Music Awards: Best Female Vocal Artiste – 2012
  • Ghana Music Awards: Best Female Performance, Record of the Year – 2013
  • 4syte TV Music Video Awards: Best Female Video, Best Storyline Video – 2013
  • City People Entertainment Awards: Musician of the Year (Female) – 2014
  • Ghana Music Awards:Best Female Vocal Performance – 2014


  • Ghana Music Awards: Record of the Year, Songwriter of the Year (with Asem) – 2011
  • 4syte TV Music Video Awards: Best Female Video – 2011
  • Ghana Music Awards: Artiste of the Year, Best Collaboration, Hip-hop Song (with Sarkodie and Jayso), Record of the Year – 2012.
  • 4Syte TV Music Video Awards:Best Photography Video of the Year, Best Collaboration Video – 2013
  • City People Entertainment Awards: Musician of the Year (Female) – 2013
  • Ghana Music Awards:Afro Pop Song of the Year – 2013.
  • World Music Awards: World’s Best Female Artist, World’s Best Live Act, World’s Best Entertainer Of The Year, World’s Best Song, World’s Best Video – 2014.
  • African Muzik Magazine Awards:Best Female West Africa – 2014.
  • MTV Africa Music Awards: Best Female – 2014 promises to meet up with her to tell us more on this achievement when she arrives in GH. Keep reading and share a thought if you have any.