Having been in the music business for nearly 30 years, Nyanda is aware of its topsy-turvy nature.
Experience has taught her to spot a hit song, which she believes requires certain ingredients.
“I would say an undeniable melody line, an infectious riddim with a unique phrase. A phrase that pays is a great place to start,” she said. She thinks she has another hit with All Fruits Ripe, a song with Ghanaian star Stonebwoy. All Fruits Ripe, which was released in late 2021, is driven by Afrobeats, the frenetic sound out of West Africa that is the rage in contemporary music.
Nyanda, who lives in South Florida, has been a fan of that genre since her days with Brick & Lace, the duo that included her sister Nailah. After she wrote All Fruits Ripe, she reached out to Stonebwoy who agreed to the collaboration.
“I’ve been a fan of his music for a minute. And he has great respect for our culture. I knew he would complement the song so I slid into his DMs and made my move. The rest is history,” she said.
Stonebwoy has recorded songs with several Jamaican artistes including Sean Paul and Tarrus Riley. He is considered the leading Afropop/reggae act in West Africa.
Brick & Lace had a handful of hit songs in Africa including Bad to di Bone, Cry on Me and Love is Wicked. They decided to pursue solo careers at the end of an African tour in 2013.