by: michael eli dokosi/blakkpepper.com/ghana
‘African Choo’ singer Bishop Gyatabuom Gyata real name Albert Asare Bediako Banahene has disclosed that he relocated from his Obuasi base to Accra to elevate his music brand and stake a claim in the music industry.
The radio presenter who until a few months ago was a noted voice on O FM in Obuasi told blakkpepper.com that it was time for Ghana to sample his offerings as he was a marketable artiste who could hoist the flag of Ghana higher than most when he has access to resources.
His new track ‘African Choo’ details the various meals available in the country with a call on citizens not to disregard the (akple and okra soup, plantain/yam with stew, koko & kose, waakye, fufu & bush meat soup, beans with ripe plantain, kenkey & fried fish) and the many others which abound in the country while urging folks to safe guard their health by patronizing Ghanaian meals.
For the uninitiated Gyata Buom has other offering in ‘Akwasi Attah’, ‘Zaminama’ ft. Sky Face, ‘Obroni Pete’, ‘Twa Wu Nansi’ ft. Flowking Stone, ‘Tete Agro’ and yet to be released piece ‘Kpetekple’.
So who is this chap?
According to the artiste, he chose Gyata (lion) for a name because of the fierceness of the beast and the Bishop because as a young man growing in the concert house of his grandfather, there was once a musician who performed and due to the bald head of the artiste and given that he had no hair growing siblings and parents begun calling him Bishop Okele after the performance.
“While a youth I decided to drop the Okele but retained the Bishop and then added the Gyata but folks just added the Buom (den) to it and it all stuck” the ebony brethren posited.
According to Gyata, he must have picked his love for music from his dad who played in the YPG band of the Presby church in the Eastern region. Interestingly enough the leader of the Buom Nation recounted opposition to his ambitions of becoming a musician from his parents as they asserted that for a brilliant chap doing music was not economically viable but the couple based in Akyem Kusi have since had a rethink and offered their blessing so the music venture can thrive.
Regarding his educational background, Gyata submitted: “I started my kindergarten and class one studies at Kusi Presby School before moving to Swedru International School (SWIS) and then Swedru High School for my secondary education but lack of funds meant I could not pursue university education.”
Realizing that he needed to earn a keep, Gyata did pupil teaching for a while before getting engaged as a marketing executive distributing Unilever products at Akyem Oda.
Meanwhile while the desire to do music was burning another craving of the young chap was to be a radio presenter especially when failings of certain practitioners reinforced his believe that he could be a noted radio man.
“I luckily heard an announcement over the radio about Joe Enuson’s Radioscope school in Accra. I got myself enrolled and gained valuable tuition from lecturers including Adakabre Frimpong Manso, Abeiku Santana and Daddy Bosco” the dread lock man submitted.
As fate would have it, Gyata’s first stint at radio proper at Hitz FM had its challenges so after 3 months moved on. It would be in 2011 that things truly took off for Mr. Banahene when after getting several invites to perform at Kantinka radio’s events as a musician gathered courage and informed then manager about his desire to work with the station as an on air personnel.
Exhibiting his gifts as event host for the station and remarkably at ease hosting either the Mid-morning, Lunch, Friday Entertainment Night or Sunday after church shows; it was little wonder that the Agona Swedru folks held him in high regard but after 4 years the Gyata train moved on.
“I had a surprise call from Abeiku Santana about his desire for me to join Obuasi based O FM, a station he is managing partner of. I can say the O FM era was eye opening given that at Kantinka FM, the station’s reach was less than 1 kilowatt per radius while O FM was shooting 5 kilowatts per radius. The reach was massive enabling me to make inroads in the Ashanti region thanks to the Bosoe Entertainment Show, Sunday Omo Tuo Special, Mid-morning Show and Sika Futro Drive Time Show I hosted at various times in addition to my MC work.”
After 2 years at O FM however Bishop Gyata Buom Gyata is Accra based explaining “I want to start afresh in Accra and advance my music career chiefly.”
For one who has been in music sphere since 2003 churning hit tunes on some occasions, limited funds has crippled his advancement.
“I struggle to push my songs despite the very good materials I offer just because I don’t have the funds and since I am not signed onto a record label support comes from nowhere to undertake promo work. I am ready to be signed onto a progressive label for us to make money together because I have the goods. Interested folks can reach me on 0249965043” the determined music act proclaimed.
Gyata is putting in work so his debut album ‘African Twene’ (African Drum) can hopefully be released before 2016 expires. He mentioned Flowking Stone, Atimbila, Wiyaala, Sherifa Gunu and Shatta Wale as notables he hopes to feature on the album.
Although he’s worked with a few producers, Gyata whose music is largely in the Afro-pop/ Afro-beat vein mentions Sky Face of Sky Beatz as one he feels most comfortable working with because of the great telepathy which exist adding Sky doubles as an indigenous drummer who could play the ‘Kete’ and ‘Fontomfrom’ drum as well.
Regarding faith, Gyata offered that he believes in God and worships with the Presbyterian Church but loves to communicate with the Supreme Divine on his own as he is not too keen on religion.
A bachelor without children, Gyata hopes to marry and start populating once his financial fortunes improve but it has to be to a lady who honours God and appreciates his musical gifts.
Bishop Gyata Buom Gyata expressed gratitude to Sammy Flex, Dr Cann, Nana Romeo and DJ Premier for showing him love in his musical journey while mentioning Joe Enuson, Daddy Bosco, Abeiku Santana, Bola Ray and Jimmy Quist as folks who did good by him in his radio quest.
Enjoy ‘Africa Choo’ by Bishop Gyatabuom Gyata: