Diva One: Dancehall Queen of the North

Dancehall musician, Diva One, born Suraiya Tiyumba Muazu is a young, talented and energetic artiste based in Tamale. She has been in the industry for close to five years and her confidence and hard work is outstanding. The afropop musician believes she is the sole female dancehall artist in Tamale probably because her style is incomparable.

When asked about why she picked the name Diva One she said, that far from the meaning people give to it making it sound devilish she associates the name with uniqueness, beauty and fierceness. She believes that the name embodies her artistic personality since she has fought to thrive as a relevant artiste in a male-dominated industry.

The “Pressure” hitmaker who has recently added “Blow Dance” to her repertoire of songs says she has worked with several artistes in the industry. She has collaborated with the likes of the Fancy Gadam and Maccasio. And has dreams of working with dancehall king Shatta Wale and artistes like Tiffany, MzVee and Ebony.

Discussing her challenges as an artiste, the singer complained of lack of funds for production. She also expressed worry about the phenomenon where producers, managers and even DJs make advances towards her in exchange for recording her songs, publicizing them and giving her airplay. She urged female artistes to resist these untoward advances made by industry players in exchange for promotion by devising strategies to help promote their art.

Diva One bemoaned that many artistes do not create the platform to nurture young female talents in the industry. She called on artistes to create spaces for young female artistes to grow by inviting them to perform at their shows and collaborating with them artistically.

In the near future, the dancehall queen hopes to further her education beyond the senior high school level. She also promises to thrill her fans to spectacular shows this year.


About the Writer

Lebene Amanda Coffie is a 2017 graduate of Holy Child School. She has dreams of becoming a medical doctor. Her interests are tourism and reading novels.


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