Becca
Becca performing at the Meet Ghana hub in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Becca performing at the Meet Ghana hub in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Background information
Birth nameRebecca Akosua Acheampomaa Acheampong
Born (1984-08-15) 15 August 1984 (age 36)
Kumasi, Ghana
OriginAccra, Ghana
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2007—present
LabelsZylofon Media[1]
Associated acts

Rebecca Akosua Acheampomaa Acheampong (born 15 August 1984),[2][3] known mononymously as Becca, is a Ghanaian singer, songwriter and actress. She first gained recognition as a contestant on the second season of TV3's annual singing competition Mentor.[4] Her debut studio album Sugar was released in 2007; it earned her five nominations at the 2008 Ghana Music Awards.[5] The album's lead single "You Lied to Me" won Record of the Year at the aforementioned awards show.[6] Becca released her second studio album Time 4 Me on 16 May 2013. It features guest appearances from 2face Idibia, MI, King Ayisoba, Trigmatic, Jay Storm and Akwaboah. The album was certified 2x platinum in Ghana. Becca's accolades include one Kora Award, one National Youth Achievers Award, four Ghana Music Awards, and three 4Syte TV Music Video Awards.[4] In 2013, she headlined the annual Girl Talk concert, which started in 2011.[7] Becca was ranked 94 on E.tv Ghana's 2013 list of the 100 most influential people in Ghana.[8]

Life and music career

Rebecca Acheampong was born in Kumasi, Ghana. She is the first girl and fifth born of nine children.[9] Becca was quite active in church and school activities during her childhood. She attended Morning Star and Wesley Girls' High School. She took an interest in showcasing her vocal dexterity at talent shows held at the latter school. She graduated from Croydon College and became a child care and education worker.[2] Becca relocated to Ghana and signed with Kiki Banson's EKB Records.[2] She studied at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.[10]

2007:Sugar

Becca started working on her debut studio album Sugar in 2007. The album comprises 12 songs and was recorded in English and Twi. It was preceded by the lead single "You Lied to Me". The song was released in 2007 and features vocals from Kwabena Kwabena. The music video for the song was shot and directed in Ghana. On 13 November 2007, Becca launched the album in Ghana. She featured Hugh Masekela on the song "I Love You".[2] Sugar was launched in South Africa alongside Hugh Masekela's album Live at the Market Theatre.[3]

2011–2013:Time 4 Me

Becca's second studio album Time 4 Me was released on 16 May 2013.[11] Becca describes the album as a musical journey inspired by her thoughts, emotions and beliefs.[12] The album comprises 20 songs and features guest appearances from 2face Idibia, MI, King Ayisoba, Trigmatic, Jay Storm and Akwaboah. The album produced the singles "Forever", "Push", "Bad Man Bad Girl", "No Away" and "Follow the Leader". Ten thousand copies of the album were given to fans who bought the Thursday edition of Graphic Showbiz newspaper.[13] Time 4 Me was certified 2x platinum in Ghana.[14] Becca went on a nationwide campus tour to promote the album.[15] Becca's 2011 single "Africa Woman" appeared as a bonus on the album; the song is a melodic ode to the strength and character of African women. The music video for "African Woman" was shot and directed in Ghana by Samad Davis; it starts with a quote and transitions into landscape scenes of Becca.[16][17]

In 2011, Becca released "Forever" and "Push" as the album's lead and second singles. "Push" features guest vocals by King Ayisoba and Trigmatic. The music video for "Push" was uploaded to YouTube on 17 May 2011 and features cameo appearances from John Dumelo, Yvonne Okoro and Yvonne Nelson.[18] The album's third single "Bad Man Bad Girl" was released in February 2012; it features vocals by 2face Idibia and was recorded in the summer of 2011. The music video for "Bad Man Bad Girl" was shot in Accra and other parts of Ghana.[19]

The MI-assisted track "No Away" was released on 22 June 2012, as the album's fourth single.[20] It was recorded in Ghana and Nigeria and mixed in South Africa. The music video for "No Away" was shot in South Africa and uploaded to YouTube on 12 August 2012, at a total length of 4 minutes and 11 seconds.[21] Liquor brand Kasapreko Company Limited and EKB Records spent $50,000 on the video shoot. The production cost for the video made it one of the most expensive videos released by a Ghanaian artist at that time.[22] The video was unveiled during a ceremony at the XL Club in Accra.[23]

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On 17 June 2013, Becca released the album's fifth single "Follow the Leader".[24] On 25 June 2013, EKB Records released the music video for her song "Time 4 Me", which was shot in Yokohama and Tokyo.[25]

2014:"Move" single featuring Uhuru

Becca performing at the Ovation Red Carol charity ball in December 2013

On 12 April 2014, Becca released her single "Move". It features vocals by South African group Uhuru and debuted on Bola Ray's Drive Time show on Joy FM. It was produced by Kaywa and written by Becca and Kiki Banson.[26] The music video for "Move" was uploaded to YouTube on 1 May 2014; it features cameo appearances from Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Hugh Masekela.[27] Kwame Dadzie of Flex Ghana reviewed the song and concluded its rhythm is a replica of "Khona".[28]

Artistry, humanitarian work and endorsements

Becca's upbringing and surroundings influenced her musical and fashion style. She has established a rescue organization which raises funds to help children affected by HIV/AIDS in Ghana.[2] In 2014, she became a Goodwill ambassador for UNAIDS.[29] On 1 September 2009, GLO Mobile Ghana unveiled Becca as one of its brand ambassadors.[30] Moreover, the Ministry of Youth and Sports unveiled her as one of Ghana's official ambassadors for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[31]

Notable performances

Becca performed at the Accra International Conference Centre for MTN's Heroes of Change television series finale.[32] On 26 July 2013, she performed with recording engineer Kwame Yeboah (and his Ohia beye Ya band) to launch her second studio album in Accra.[12] On 20 December 2013, she headlined the third edition of the Girl Talk concert, which occurred at the National Theatre of Ghana.[7] On 24 March 2014, Allsports Ghana reported that Becca would perform before the kickoff of Ghana Premier League matches to promote the league.[33]

Gender discrimination

Becca was scheduled to sing Ghana's national anthem at the Baba Yara Stadium during the country's World Cup qualifier match against Zambia in September 2013. Unfortunately for her, she did not perform due to a directive by authorities in charge of the match. Becca expressed her dissatisfaction at the incident while speaking at the UN Cultural Night, which took place at the Alliance Française in Accra. A spokesperson for the Ghana Football Association told Graphic Showbiz they didn't know arrangements had been made for Becca to sing.[29]

Personal life

Becca is married to Nigerian entrepreneur and artist manager Oluwatobi Sanni Daniel; the couple's wedding was held on 18 August 2018 in Accra.[34] She has one child; a baby girl.[35]

Relationship controversy

Becca was at the center of her former manager (Kiki Banson)'s controversial divorce from his wife. Banson allegedly divorced his wife to marry Becca.[36][37] The story went haywire after Becca's father reportedly disowned his daughter over her intentions to marry her manager.[38][39]

Discography

Studio albums

  • Sugar (2007)
  • Time 4 Me (2013)
  • Unveiling (2017)

Awards and nominations

Year Event Prize Recipient Result Ref
2017 2017 Ghana Music Awards UK Highlife Artiste of the Year Herself Nominated [40]
2014 City People Entertainment Awards Musician of the Year (Female) Nominated [41]
2013 4Syte TV Music Video Awards Best Female Video "Time for Me" Nominated [42]
City People Entertainment Awards Musician of the Year (Female) Herself Nominated [43]
2012 4Syte TV Music Video Awards Best Female Video "No Away"
(featuring MI)
Won [44]
Best Photography Video Nominated [45]
Best Collaboration Video Nominated
Overall Best Video Nominated
Ghana Music Awards Artiste of the Year Herself Nominated [46]
Afro-Pop Song of the Year "African Woman" Nominated
Best Music Video of The Year Won [47]
Best Female Vocal Artiste Herself Nominated [46]
National Youth Achievers Awards Music Won [48]
2011 4Syte TV Music Video Awards Best Photography Video "African Woman" Nominated [49]
Best Directed Video Nominated
Best Storyline Video Nominated
Overall Best Video Won [50]
Best Collaboration Video "Push"
(featuring King Ayisoba & Trigmatic)
Nominated [49]
Best Female Video Won [50]
City People Entertainment Awards Ghana Female Musician of the Year Herself Nominated [51]
2010 4Syte TV Music Video Awards Best Hi-Life Video "Daa Ke Daa" Nominated [52]
Best Storyline Video Nominated
Best Female Video Nominated
Best African Act Video Nominated
Ghana Music Awards Highlife Song of the Year "Daa Ke Daa" Nominated [53]
Record of the Year Won [54]
Best Female Vocal Performance Herself Won
Artist of the Year Nominated [53]
Kora Awards Best African Prospect Award Won [51]
2008 Ghana Music Awards Artiste of the Year Nominated [55]
Discovery of the Year Nominated
Best Female Vocal Performance Nominated
Pop Song of the Year "You Lied to Me"
(featuring Kwabena Kwabena)
Nominated
Best Collaboration of the Year Nominated
Record of the Year Sugar Won [56]
Kora Awards [A] Best Artist or Group Hope Herself Nominated [58]
Best Artist or Group of West Africa
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Notes

  1. ^ The 2008 Kora Awards took place on 11 April 2009. It was postponed to improve its delivery.[57]

See also

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