Ghana’s newest sensational female artist, Benakay is out with her new single titled “Cooli Down”. In an exclusive interview on GhBase Entertainment, Benakay opened up about her career and personal life.
Real name Sarah Abena Karle Darko started singing from an early stage where she started recording about 7 years ago. Benakay however went into music professionally 2 years ago.
“About two years ago, I decided to fully pursue this talent that God has given me. A number of things inspired me to come out professionally. from people revealing what they have seen in me, to being inspired by other talented singers like Adele, Becca, Yemi Alade, Efya among others.
When asked about the genre of music she does and why she does it, Benakay explained saying; “My current single is Afro pop/ High life but I can waltz through any genre, that’s my gift and my album will illustrate that. I’ve even got some lovers rock and tunes for beyond these shores, so my music isn’t limited to a genre.”
Benakay further on mentioned that “Cooli Down” is her first single and she was inspired by renowned music writer and artist Akwaboah jnr.
“My music is centred on love, life in general and my world as such hence the reason I draw inspiration from Akwaboah jnr. Also “Cooli Down” was written by him as well.”
Benakay revealed that she is currently not signed under any record label but independently recording under her own label known as BNK.
“As an upcoming female singer I’m inspired by many top Artists. People usually make comparisons between me and Becca, Efya among others. They may be at the top but I have enough prowess and talent to emulate or even overthrow them…hahahah”. Benakay bemoaned.
Speaking on her greatest challenge as an upcoming female artist, Benakay revealed that, she doesn’t get the necessary support she needs and there is a lot of stigmatization against female artist.
“I have to keep reminding people I’m selling songs and not my body unlike most female aspiring singers. Aside singing, I’m into Hospitality and also a customer service trainer.”
The name Benakay comprises of Bena from Abena and Kay from Karle which is her middle name. Benakay has performed on lots of platforms including the recent Salah carnival. She is a regular performer at “Chez Afrique” and “Home from Home” also in East Legon. She has also done a few shows at Nafti, Radford University amongst others.
When asked about how strong her fan base is, the beautiful songstress mentioned that her fan base is gathering at a fast pace.
“My fan base is gradually increasing mostly via social media. My videos have been watched by over 20k fans and their comments are so positive and encouraging I love them back and aim to thrill them through my music and performances.
In the next three years God willing, I wish to see myself as a renowned musician and first female artist to have nurtured other aspiring female musicians. It’s the focal point of my career.
As a young female artist, I will advise young people to follow their dream whole heartedly, pray rather than lose your dignity just to get up there, Stay true to your real talent and you will make it!
In her final statement, Benakay stated; I’m at my happiest when I sing, to hold a Mic whilst watching faces glow or glee with joy is mesmerising!
Watch Video Of “Cooli Down” below;