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Gyakie talks about backlash she faced after ‘Forever’ remix tweet

Ghanaian artist, Gyakie is speaking about the backlash she faced following her tweet in response to unfavourable comments after the release of ‘Forever’ remix.

The release of the song featuring Omah Lay was met with disapproval from certain quarters. “It’s not for everyone. Those who connect to it are the ones I made this for,” tweeted the 3Music Emerging Woman of the Year winner.

The tweet led to blistering condemnation.

“So apparently as I was talking about the fact that the song that I make is for people that connect with me… But I think some people read different meanings into which, you know – this life that we’re in, everybody has opinions,” explains Gyakie in a yet-to-air interview with Cuppy on Africa Now Radio on Apple Music.

“Probably somebody also read a tweet in a certain tone. And so some people understood it differently. Others also understood it from my perspective. But at the end of the day, I sent an apology to anybody that felt bad about the tweet. It was all love and so everything has died down.”

Read and listen to snippets of the interview below.

Gyakie on why Omah Lay was on the “Forever” Remix

“Omah Lay is a very, very talented guy when it comes to melodies, lyrics, the way he flows on the beat. My manager and I felt Omah Lay was going to be the best fit. And guess what? We sent Omah Lay the song, he recorded his verse. Apparently, he actually put a fun fact on Twitter that he actually had the verse written down even before I sent him the song. And so he was there ready to see if we’re going to cover and then get the verse. And so when we sent him the song, he recorded his part, in about two hours he sent it back to us. So when I came to Nigeria, we met up with his team. So we shot a video for the remix, which is also coming very soon. Super, super, super video.”

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Gyakie on Twitter backlash

Cuppy: “I have to say as someone that understands you and appreciates and respects your artistry, you took on Twitter to explain yourself and I think people misunderstood your tweet. What did you really mean?”

Gyakie: “So apparently as I was talking about the fact that the song that I make is for people that connect with me… But I think some people read different meanings into which, you know – this life that we’re in, everybody has opinions. Probably somebody also read a tweet in a certain tone. And so some people understood it differently. Others also understood it from my perspective. But at the end of the day, I sent an apology to anybody that felt bad about the tweet. It was all love and so everything has died down.”

Cuppy: “Everyone will be all right. You know what? Next time, Gyakie, sing it, maybe that will make them know the tone.”

Gyakie: “I would sing that because I have to sing it so they’ll know that I’m not here to fight with you people.”

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Gyakie on recent and potential collaborations with Ghanaian artists

“I would love to work with almost all of them, but I’ve been in the studio with Stonebwoy. Yeah. I have a song too with Efya. In the beginning, those are the people that I really wanted to work with and then, God being so good, it actually happened. Yeah. But aside that, Sarkodie, Samimi, I love to work with Paeda, R2Bees.”

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Listen to the full episode this Sunday, March 28th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow 

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