Jane Awindor (born April 10, 1987), better known by her stage name Efya, is a Ghanaian singer, songwriter, and actress from Kumasi. She is the daughter of Nana Adwoa Awindor, a filmmaker and celebrity host of the late television show Greetings From Abroad. Efya got her first exposure to fame when she participated in the maiden edition of the Stars of the Future talent show. She won the Best Female Vocal Performance category at the Ghana Music Awards in four succession, beginning in 2011. Moreover, she was applauded for her performance at the 2013 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.
Jane Fara Fauzzier Afia Boafowaa Yahaya Awindor
|Birth name||Jane Awindor|
|Also known as||Miss Jane|
|Born||10 April 1987|
Her debut mixtape T.I.N.T. was released on November 11, 2013. It consists of songs that were released between 2011 and 2013. The mixtape was supported by two singles: "Getaway" and "Best In Me". She released her long-awaited debut studio album Janesis on 22 April 2016. It was previously scheduled for release at different times between 2013 and 2015. On 11 January 2014, Efya released "Forgetting Me" as the album's lead single. On 8 May 2016, she was announced as one of the newly signed acts to Wizkid's Starboy Entertainment. The announcement came following Wizkid's performance at the Ghana Music Awards.
Life and music careerEdit
Efya was born in Kumasi, Ghana. She has two brothers and a sister. Efya obtained her secondary education from Yaa Asantewaa Secondary School. She relocated to Accra when her mother enrolled at the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) film school. Efya received voice trainings from some of her family members at a very young age. She graduated with a degree in theatre and music from the University of Ghana. In 2008, she gained national acceptance throughout Ghana by becoming the first runner up in Charterhouse’s Stars of The Future television show. She lost to Irene Logan, but secured herself a three-year recording deal. The recording deal enabled her and Irene to do a collaborative album titled Unveiled, which was released in South Africa. Following the conclusion of her recording deal with Charterhouse, Efya continued to record songs and perform at local gigs. She changed her stage name from Miss Jane to Efya prior to going solo. In an interview posted on the Modern Ghana website, Efya said, "When I decided to go solo, it made sense at the time to reinvent myself in every way, I wanted a name that was African and unique but at the same time relevant to me in some way. My manager, Jimmi, helped me come up with the name Efya". In 2011, she signed a recording deal with One Nation Entertainment.
T.I.N.T, an acronym for This Is Not The Album, was released on November 12, 2013. The mixtape comprises 13 tracks and was released as a precursor to Janesis. It was also released for free digital download and was supported by two singles: "Getaway" and "Best In Me". On November 10, 2011, Efya released the mixtape's lead single "Getaway". The music video for the song was shot and directed in and around Accra by Sony Addo. On 14 February 2012, Efya released the mixtape's second single "Best In Me". Directed by OJ of Big OJ Films, the music video for the song was uploaded onto YouTube on September 2013. The mixtape is composed of songs that were released between 2011 and 2013. It features a guest appearance from Black Magic. In the aforementioned interview with ARISE, Efya said love is the overall theme of the mixtape. She also said the mixtape is about the good, the bad, the ugly, the heartbreak, the pains, as well as the highs and lows of life. On 14 February 2013, Efya released "Body" as a cover of Chris Brown's single "Don't Judge Me".
2013–2017:Janesis and other releasesEdit
Efya released her debut studio album Janesis on 22 April 2016. It was initially slated for release in the third quarter of 2013. However, the release timeframe was postponed. On 11 January 2014, Efya released the album's lead single "Forgetting Me". The song was met with great reception. A writer for Modern Ghana said, "Forgetting Me is a powerful ballad that tells the story of love and heartbreak. The ascending singer-songwriter delivers every note with precision and passion and the song marks the culmination of personal and professional growth for Efya as she continues to demonstrate her musical aptitude." In an interview with Alexis Stephens of MTV Iggy in 2013, Efya said the album will contain numerous love songs. She also said the album will explore the topics of hate and pain, two universal themes associated with love. Moreover, Efya stated that the album draws from her personal experiences.
On July 16, 2014, Efya released "One of Your Own" as the album's second single. The song features vocals from Bisa Kdei. Efya initially wanted to release "Gingam Too Much" as the second single but after discussions with her team, she decided to postpone the release of the aforesaid single.
On December 26, 2014, One Nation Entertainment eventually released the Kaywa-produced "Gingam Too Much" as the album's third single. The music video for "Forgetting Me" was directed by Prince Dovlo of Seven Streets Entertainment. On 23 December 2016, Nigerian musician Wizkid released a solo single "Daddy Yo", with unaccredited vocals from Efya. However, Efya does make an appearance in the music video. On June 10, 2017, Efya released the reggae-infused "Until the Dawn". It was produced by British-born Nigerian record producer and recording artist Maleek Berry.
Artistry and musical influencesEdit
In an interview with Danai Mavunga of ARISE magazine, Efya described her sound as Afro soul with a hint of pop. She said her sound fluctuates depending on how she feels and who she's working with. In another interview posted on Modern Ghana's website, Efya cited Kojo Antwi, Aretha Franklin and The Temptations as her key musical influences. Moreover, she stated that she was into old school jazz and highlife growing up.
Efya is an official ambassador for the Awal Children Of The Future Foundation (ACOTF), a non-profit organization aimed at helping victims of physical and emotional trauma, particularly orphans and street kids. The foundation was founded by Posigee, a Tema-based record producer famous for tracks such as "Sister", "Injection" and "Issues". The foundation consists of eight musical ambassadors, including Sarkodie, Ruff n Smooth and Yaw Siki. The foundation released its theme song "This is Who I Am" in 2012; it was written by Chase and produced by Posigee. The song is available for purchase on several digital platforms, including iTunes and Amazon. All of the proceeds from the digital sale of the song goes to the ACOTF Foundation.
On 9 April 2011, Efya performed at the 2011 MTN Ghana Music Awards, which occurred at the Dome in Accra. In October 2012, she performed at the Radio and Television Personality Awards, alongside Kojo Antwi, Asem, Ruff & Smooth, D3, No Tribe and Stonebwoy. In April 2013, Efya performed at the Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi, Kenya; the event was organized by Capital 98.4 FM and sponsored by Tusker Brewery.
Efya performed at Richie Mensah's "This is Love Concert" held on February 14, 2013, at the African Regent Hotel in Accra. She performed her single "Your Body", which was released on the same day. She also performed the remix of her "Best in Me" song with Richie Mensah.
On 5 March 2013, Efya performed alongside Samini, D-Black, Sherifa Gunu and R2Bees at the Hope City Launch Celebration Concert, headlined by American recording artist Chris Brown. On 22 September 2013, she graced the stage at the post-African Day Parade concert held at the Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. On Saturday, 9 November 2013, Efya performed alongside P-Square, M.I, Wande Coal, Burna Boy, Edem, Kwabena Kwabena, Asem and Paapa Yankson at the Glo "Slide N Bounce" concert series, which kicked off in Kumasi. On 20 December 2013, Efya performed at the 2013 edition of the annual Girl Talk concert, held at the National Theatre in Accra and headlined by Becca.
- Single and Married (2012)
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2016||Nigerian Entertainment Awards||African Female Artist of the Year (Non Nigerian)||Herself||Won|||
|Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television & Arts||Best International Female African Act||Herself||Nominated|||
|Glitz Style Awards 2016||Most Stylish Music Artiste Of The Year||Herself||Won|||
|2016||African Muzik Magazine Awards||Best Female West Africa||Herself||Won|||
|2014||African Muzik Magazine Awards||Best Female West Africa||Herself||Nominated|||
|City People Entertainment Awards||Musician of the Year (Female)||Won|||
|MTV Africa Music Awards 2014||Best Female||Nominated|||
|Ghana Music Awards||Best Female Vocal Performance||"Life"||Won|||
|World Music Awards||World's Best Female Artist||Herself||Nominated|||
|World's Best Live Act||Nominated|
|World's Best Entertainer Of The Year||Nominated|
|World's Best Song||"Best in Me"||Nominated|
|World's Best Video||Nominated|
|2013||4Syte TV Music Video Awards||Best Female Video||"Getaway"||Won|||
|Best Photography Video of the Year||Nominated|||
|Best Storyline Video of the Year||"I'm In Love With Your Girlfriend"
(Jayso featuring Efya and Sarkodie)
|Best Collaboration Video||Nominated|||
|City People Entertainment Awards||Musician of the Year (Female)||Herself||Nominated|||
|Ghana Music Awards||Best Female Vocal Performance||Won|||
|Afro Pop Song of the Year||"Best in Me"||Nominated|||
|Record Of The Year||Won|||
|2012||Ghana Music Awards||Artiste of the Year||Herself||Nominated|||
|Best Collaboration of the Year||"I'm In Love With You"
(Sarkodie featuring Efya)
|Hip hop Song Of The Year||Nominated|
|Best Female Vocal Artiste||Won|||
|Record of the Year||Nominated|||
(Yaa Pono featuring Efya)
|2011||4Syte TV Music Video Awards||Best Female Video||"Sexy Sassy Wahala"||Nominated|||
|Ghana Music Awards||Best Female Vocal Performance||"Little Things"||Won|||
|Record of the Year||Nominated|||
|Songwriter(s) of the Year (with Asem)||Herself||Nominated|
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