“Kro kro no” hit maker, Francesca Duncan Williams known in showbiz circles as Sista Afia has revealed that her mother, when growing up wanted her to be a gospel musician but chose her own path.
According to her, she grew up in a home where both parents sang and played instruments at church so they expected her to also do same.
“I come from a music family, my mother and my father are both instrumentalists and musicians, my mom realized that I had a good voice but I needed training so she took me to a music school to develop my talent”
“Growing up, every mother wanted their ward to be gospel musicians and it was the same with my family, they wanted me to be a gospel musician but she didn’t force it on me”
During an interview with Nana Osei-Kesse (Mr. Bonez) the jeje singer further revealed that she chose to do Afropop and Afrobeat because it was trending.
“I develop love for Afropop and Afrobeat 10 years ago because that was the trend, and when something is trending you have to follow it, and it has been like that ever since and my mother has kept my back all through.” she said.
According to the Ghanaian-born British based high life, hip life, Afropop and Afrobeat artiste, she faced many challenges coming up as a female artiste but that never stopped her from pursuing her dreams.
“it was challenging coming up, because a lot of people said I couldn’t make it into music therefore I should stop and focus on my nursing career but it never stopped me from pushing”
She further revealed that one of her greatest challenge was her stage name, ‘Sista Afia’, because the industry had already gotten someone with the same name who was well known.
“I remember my greatest challenge was my name, Sista Afia, because already there was someone called Efya in the industry so people were not giving me the attention due me because they kept telling me I was just trying to imitate the Efya in the industry, but people didn’t understand that I am a Friday born so Afia has always been my name.”
Sista Afia is promoting her 15 tracks maiden album “Queen Solomon” which features Kofi Kinaata, Flow Kingstone and others.
By: kessbenfm.com/Derrick Ofori