Paapa Versa, the multi-talented Ghanaian singer-songwriter uses the power of music to make a difference
Music, a medium that has long been used for self-expression, continues to play an important role in the lives of countless people with their fair share of hardships. For some it is seen as just background noise for ordinary moments and the soundtrack for the most memorable moments, but for Paapa Versa music has been his saving grace, the one that allowed him to convey his feelings. when words weren’t enough. Today, the multifaceted singer-songwriter harnesses the power of music to make a difference and inspire other artists on the same journey to the forefront of an industry known for its fierce nature and saturated.
Known for their distinctive discography, Paapa Versa have gained a foothold on the music scene over the years, thanks not only to their eclectic sound and authentic approach to the craft, but also to their history. Born with a terrible stutter, the rapper, producer and podcaster struggled to relay his thoughts and get his message across. In addition to his experience as an actor in theatrical productions and all his efforts to improve his fluidity, it was music that allowed him to overcome such obstacles.
“Growing up with a stutter, I thought I didn’t have enough words,” recalls Paapa Versa. “I found refuge in music at the age of four and have lived there ever since. My stutter never went away, and neither did the music. Now, a little older, I’ve realized that words – alone – don’t suit me, so I devote myself to songs. This deep passion, which began to germinate at an early age, would become the driving force behind the Ghanaian singer-songwriter’s desire to dip his toes into the music industry. Years later, he has become a force to be reckoned with, credited with inspiring many of Ghana’s young contemporary and alternative artists.
The up-and-coming talent, whose genre of music is best described as alternative, has a knack for writing introspective, clean and smart lyrics and marrying snippets of traditional African rhythms and contemporary instrumentation with hints of Afropop. His distinctive character shines through in his self-produced debut album, Solar. Released in 2012, right after he graduated from high school, Solar was a ten-track project under the Skillions Records label that introduced Paapa Versa to listeners around the world.
Currently, the artist is enjoying the fruits of a successful 2021. With multiple nominations under his belt, he’s set to cement his position on the music scene this year by expanding his discography and broadening his reach. His third album, Versa Villa, is set to hit streaming platforms soon and is expected to propel Paapa Versa into the limelight. Plus, his podcast, “A Sound Conversation,” is sure to showcase another side of this multi-talented star.
In the years to come, Paapa Versa hopes to tour the world and meet the fans who listen to his music. Apart from securing a coveted place at the top of the industry, he also aims to coach other independent music artists in Africa and capitalize on his platform to bring about positive change.
Learn more about Paapa Versa by visiting his website.