Interview

Gyakie, Ghana's Rising Star, Is Laying the Foundation for Her Legacy

Following the success of her Seed EP and a collaboration with Omah Lay, this daughter of a legend respects the past, lives in the present, and looks to the future.

20-year-old Jackie Acheampong, better known as Gyakie, was thrust into the limelight while completing her degree in International Business at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, where she grew up.

Since the release of her Seed EP and standout hit "Forever" in August 2020, Gyakie has become one of the leading young female voices in African music. Following that success, she's experienced exponential growth in her home country Ghana, and the neighbouring afrobeats capital of Nigeria — perching in the top five for numerous weeks in both countries.

Gyakie's music is a fine blend of contemporary sounds and classic highlife influences, by virtue of early exposure to its tenets by her father, the legendary highlife musician Nana Acheampong. The young Ghanaian artist dexterously fuses her artistic homages into a clear-cut sound befitting a new generation of listeners. She's joining young women such as Amaarae and Tems in taking African music, in her case 'Afro-fusion,' to the world stage.

We spoke to Gyakie about growing up in Ghana, the unprecedented success of "Forever," making the remix with Omah Lay, and what she has coming next.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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