The sounds of Della Hayes brings peace to the human soul, anytime her music is played. Her characteristic voice stands out and is truly one of the best singer in the world today.
Nothing happens overnight and it has been a struggle for her to be where she is today and has been doing this for 36 years now. She has sung with Sumsum Band, Zongo Band, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation Band and has success working with Jewel Ackah, Amandzeba, Paulina Oduro, Ebow Taylor and Ernest Hommy in the recording lab and on the stage.The year, 2009 saw the first release of Della Hayes & The Women of Colour Band album at Alliance Francaise, a dream come true for her.
The date for a completely new CD is still yet to be announced because they add songs every month.
Della Hayes & The Women of Colour Band is made up of Lead vocalist Della, drummers Sarah, Sach and Wendy, percussionist Feehe, bassist Judith, guitarist Abena and keyboardist Sita.
To all the new fans of Della Hayes & The Women of Colour Band they are also introducing a new genre called ‘hippidippip’. It’s a fusion of afrobeat and Ghanaian hi-life, interspersed with meaningless sounds, sounding like non existing words, mixed with other vocal sounds and common sounds used to make music. It sounds weird but Della and her gang knows how to make it sound pleasing to the ears of music lovers
The 8-piece band is the first all-female band in Ghana. Founded in 2009, they have rapidly been grabbing attention and turning heads by performing at major night clubs in Accra like Jazz Club +233 (former Base Line Jazz Club), Citizen Kofi, Alisa Hotel Jazz Club and Smollensky’s roof top lub, Goethe Institute, the British Council, the World Bank, Alliance Francaise and many others to name.
Della says their mission is to lead by example and honour Ghanaian culture and women in the arts.
Della said we mix traditional Ghanaian instruments with the ordinary western ones, making music a mixture of cultures. We show that one should not copy other cultures, and should accept oneself as one is, without trying to be more African than an African.
Della’s band members come from all over. Some are students, cooks, hairdressers, traders and labourers. “We want to stimulate other women to take initiatives”, she added.
The Della Hayes & The Women of Colour Band story will continue and I will be the one to tell you one day.
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