Ghanaian Afro-soul songstress Efya is undoubtedly one of the most talented and sought-after female musicians on the continent.
Born Jane Awindor in 1987, Efya, who holds a degree in Theatre Arts and Music from the University of Ghana grew up always wanting to be an entertainer just like her mother Nana Hemaa Adjoa Awindor, a renowned filmmaker who hosted one of the most popular TV shows in Ghana in the 90s, “Greetings From Abroad.”
A winner of multiple and consecutive Best Female Vocal Perfomer at the Ghana Music Awards, Efya shot into stardom in 2006 when she participated in a very popular singing competition, “Stars of The Future.” Finishing off as the first-runner up, she eventually teamed up with the winner of the competition to form a group known as “Irene and Jane” – going ahead to release their first album titled “Unveiled,” according to Kora Awards.
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After their three-year recording contract expired, the duo went their separate ways, paving the way for Efya to rebrand herself and embark on a very successful solo career.
Efya released her debut critically acclaimed mixtape titled “This Is Not The Album” in 2013. She followed it up with her 2016 “Janesis” album which was also well received. That same year, she signed to Nigerian Afrobeats superstar Wizkid’s Starboy Entertainment imprint.
Though young, Efya is arguably a veteran in the African music scene. She has earned several awards and nominations both locally and internationally and has performed at renown music events.
Face2Face Africa is thrilled to announce the Afro-soul sensation as the headline performer for the FACE List Awards gala, the highlight event of the Pan-African Weekend.
Scheduled to take place in New York City from July 18 to 21, 2019, the Pan-African Weekend, is a prestigious annual celebration of pan-African culture and achievement. It is the only national conference of its kind designed to highlight, empower and celebrate the impact and contributions of the African diaspora community to foster greater economic, social, and cultural relations.
The action-packed weekend features four major events: the Pan-African Women Forum; the IAAPA Networking Mixer; the FACE List Awards gala; and the Closing Jazz Brunch.
The highlight of the Pan-African Weekend, the FACE List Awards gala, will take place on Saturday, July 20. The FACE List Awards is the most prestigious celebration of pan-African achievement, where pioneers and icons will be honored for their contributions and impact on the pan-African community.
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