Last Updated on June 5, 2023 by Roborts
Efya real/full name is Jane Awindor , she was born on the 10th of April 1987. She is a Ghana-born female singer/songwriter who was crowned best female vocalist in the Ghana Music Award two years in a row, without an album out, and nominated for Afrimma Award 2016 Best Female West Africa winner.
Early Life and Background
Efya began her singing career like most do, in the
church choir, but prior to this, Efya had designs on an entirely
different future, filmmaking. Wanting to follow in her mother’s
footsteps, Nana Hemaa Adjoa Awindor, 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. Her
emergence on the music scene wasn’t until 2008, when she randomly
auditioned & gained national recognition, as a runner-up in
Charterhouse’s Stars of The Future talent hunt. Landing her and the
winner Irene Logan, a three-year recording deal, with the event company
as a duet (Irene & Jane). The group was well-received, but they
ended up recording only one album: Unveiled, which was only released in
South Africa. After their contract concluded, Efya, who had until then
been performing under the moniker “Miss Jane” decided it was time to
reinvent herself & go solo.
Having made her entrance onto the music
scene through Charterhouse, Efya was able to secure a slot on all of the
media giant’s concerts & events. However, once her contract with
Charterhouse concluded, she found herself a free agent once more. She
began to juggle playing shows, and recording songs, while reading
Theatre Arts Directing & Music at the University of Ghana, Legon.
During this period Efya, almost singlehandedly, was able to amass a
small following until she signed with One Nation Entertainment in 2011,
which took her efforts to new heights.
Efya has played countless gigs
averaging 2 or 3 appearances a week. Performing with artists from all
over and opening up for major acts such as Chris Brown… She also has
collaborations with various artists from all over West Africa, which has
gained her an impressive and vast following, both locally and
internationally. Her songs have gained her awards such as, Song of the
year (Ghana Music awards 2013).
Efya, is presently putting the finishing touches on her highly
anticipated debut studio album, slated for a first-quarter release in
2013. A lifetime in the making, the album, titled, Love Genesis: is a
cleverly crafted body of work with breathtaking diversity, which simply
delves into love in a way never before heard. The album’s sound spans a
myriad of melodies, from emotionally taut power ballads, to laid-back
odes to heartbreak., every single song on her debut has potential to be a
favorite. Her love for music can be felt through the energy, and
passion she exhibits in her songs. With an all-star cast of
collaborations and production from the likes of… legendary,
multiplatinum producer, John Bido, the sky is the limit.