Dhat Gyal Has Always Been Destined for Greatness

Writing, blogging, and most activities I’m involved with require solitude. As Travis “Yoh” Philips rightly states, “Solitude is to writers what sunshine is to flowers.” When I want to clear out my mind, and freshen it up, I hang out with other creatives at the iconic BKC Studios in Bantama.

It was a usual Saturday, encountering a new face at the studio. Immediately, my friends played me a mashup of Ebony’s songs by an unknown singer. Astounded by the singer’s talent, I asked who the artiste was. Jerry, who still manages her points to this newcomer, saying that girl. With the assumption of that being a joke, I further asked of her stage name. He replied again, that girl. At this point, I was torn between the reply being a tease or joke. Only for another guy to explain to me that her stage name is actually Dhat Gyal.

I left the studio before they finished shooting her first video, with my head filled with uncertainty, less optimism and room for more improvement. To my surprise, they dropped the video, and she did huge numbers, like Adele dropping a teaser to another number-titled album. The comments got goosebumps all over me. To prove it wasn’t a one-hit wonder, the second and third videos were metrically successful than the first.

Jerry had finally found his feet in the showbiz industry, and would go for the topmost crown. They went on to writing her own singles, and making moves within pop media outlets. From radio interviews, to playing shows, even if it’s as small as a pub gig, Dhat Gyal cemented her name on the Ghanaian music front.

She raised the flag of success high when she got nominated for Vodafone Ghana Music Awards ’18 Unsung category. Although she didn’t win, she has not stopped dropping bangers. Recently, I was having a convo with my sister, and she brought up Dhat Gyal. You should’ve seen the surprise on my face. Yes, I knew Dhat Gyal was popular, but I didn’t know my sister would’ve heard about her. My sister is the type who never pays attention to a musician till he/she has good songs on radio rotation.

Dhat Gyal made me believe that when grace and favour finds you, there’s nothing as impossible. If I was to predict her future in the music industry, I would’ve gotten it wrong. With little to no budget, Dhat Gyal has become one of Ghana’s few beloved female artistes.

Dhat Gyal – Die For You (Prod. by Skillis Beatz)

The 2018 VGMA Unsung Category nominee, Dhat Gyal comes here with a new banger for her fans. On a groovy beat produced by Skilis beatz, Dhat Gyal sings beautifully about how she prefers her love. “Die For You” is a song which sees the young lady bear it all out.

Dhat Gyal Grabs Nomination for the Unsung Category at VGMA 2018

The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) 2018 nominations were unveiled on Saturday, 3rd March, 2018. One category that people have paid attention to in recent times is the Unsung category. This is because artistes who get win in this category tend to blow up within that year. Quick examples are MzVee and Kuami Eugene.

Dhat Gyal is a humble, hardworking and talented singer who commenced her music career in 2017 by doing mashups of songs. Due to her dexterity displayed, she broke the internet, gaining tens of thousand instant views on Facebook alone with a lot of positive remarks, when the post wasn’t even sponsored. She followed up with her own written single “Mayweather” which was premiered on GH One TV. Since then she has been interviewed on various radio and television stations across different regions in Ghana. Her sophomore single, “Any Man” continues to make waves.

When Big Shaq hit the internet with his official video for “Man’s Not Hot”, Dhat Gyal was right there at number 2 on the Top Trending Videos on YouTube. There’re two things with becoming a mainstream artiste. Some are forced down our throats, others genuinely build their fan base, and expand their territory. Dhat Gyal is a type of the latter. Video by video, song by song, she gains new fans. With various criticisms being thrown at her, she keeps winning.

The Unsung category was created to introduce nominees and the winner to a larger audience. Nominees get to perform at the Nominees Jam which will be held at Cape Coast. The winner shall also perform at the VGMA main event night.

Stay glued for how to vote for Dhat Gyal to win in this category.

Video: Dhat Gyal Pays Tribute to Ebony

If you know Ebony or listen to her every well you’ll realize Ebony was one of her idols. She actually broke into the music scene with a cover of “Sponsor.” Just as her death came as a shock to all of us, Dhat Gyal didn’t take it lightly. In view of that she hit the studio to record this emotional and heartfelt tribute to the lost queen.

Dhat Gyal – Any Man (Prod. by JerryBeatz Classic)

Popularly known as The Mashup Queen, Dhat Gyal after her first official single “Mayweather”, Dhat Gyal releases another banger she calls “Any Man.”

Amidst debunking rumours that she’s been signed to a foreign label, Dhat Gyal hits the studio one more time to record a very innocent yet groovy record. On “Any Man” she marvelously sings to her mama that she’s not choosy with his choice of man, and because she’s realized that appearances deceives, as well as not all that glitters is gold, she’s ready to accept any man that comes her way, whether bread baker or bank manager. She affirms this even though her mother prefers specifically wealthy men.

She artistically weaves her singing prowess on the mid-tempo Afrobeats instrumental produced by Jerry Beats Classic.

 

VGMA 2018: Reasons Why Dhat Gyal Should Win Unsung Artist Category

For the past few months, there has been a new revolution in Ghanaian Afrobeat/Hiplife and Dancehall as well. And I wouldn’t say that this young female artiste invented “MashUp” sessions, but I can boldly say that, Dhat Gyal brought life into MashUp in Ghana. Ever since she showed up with her first mashup in the latter part of 2017, Dhat Gyal has stayed relevant and consistent till date. Below are reasons why Dhat Gyal should be nominated and win the unsung category in this year’s edition of Vodafone Ghana Music Awards:

Dhat Gyal is the first female artiste whose mashup has never been sponsored on Facebook and YouTube, but gets over ten thousand views in a day. With less than 48hrs of anticipation on her mashup, Dhat Gyal commands a lot of views. This shows how people appreciates her talent and signifies the number of people who stays waiting on the mashups.

Dhat Gyal is, so far, the youngest Afro pop / dancehall artiste in Ghana with most likes on her Facebook page and I repeat, no sponsored posts, but gets thousands of new followers anytime she makes a post.

Dhat Gyal is the only youngest Ghanaian artist whose first official single was randomly taken by Opera Entertainment news and was the most liked post.

Dhat Gyal is the first artiste to trend on YouTube as number 2 with Big Shaq’s “Man’s Not Hot” at number one. It has become a promotional tactic that, artistes do not release songs when there is a bigger meat on the plate. On the day that Big Shaq released his most awaited video for his hit song, the management of Dhat Gyal took the risk and dropped her mashup, just to test the waters and lo and behold, Dhat Gyal did not only surprise us with her unimagined Facebook views, but this time, came number 2 to an international artiste on YouTube.

 

You can follow her on the various social media platforms to verify to the above and testify that, Ernestina Afari; Dhat Gyal, as you may know her, deserves to be nominated for this years edition of Unsung in Vodafone Ghana Music Awards and we promise you victory. Let’s start the hashtag #DhatGyalVGMAsUnsung.

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Twitter – @DhatGyalMusic (www.twitter.com/dhatgyalmusic)

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Dhat Gyal – My Own Sponsor (Prod. by Trino)

This 17-year old singer goes by the name of Afare Ernestina better known as Dhat Girl. Currently managed by Holiday Africa, she demonstrates her singing prowess with this mashup of Samini’s My Own and Ebony’s Sponsor which she calls “My Own Sponsor.” The sensational piece was laced together by Trino. Her future looks really bright with such talent and creativity.