GHANAIAN SINGER, Wiyaala has launched a new annual music festival in the remote town of Wa, Ghana to take place just before Christmas.

Known as the Djimba World Music Festival, Wiyaala has said she launched the festival to "shine a light on the music and art that exists in this part of Africa."

"The north has a wealth of talent which is just not getting seen or heard" she said. "The festival is one of a number of steps I’m taking to encourage our musicians to showcase their talent to the world and to attract visitors to come and experience our unique way of life”

The eclectic singer, who will release her second album next year, added that she was inspired to start the festival after performing at festivals in Europe including the world famous WOMAD Arts festival. “Glastonbury started with an audience of just 1500 people and I don’t see why we can’t manage at least that number and grow in years to come”.

This year, Wiyaala will headline the festival along with the Djimba World Band. Other acts include, musician Stevo Atimbre, reggae artist Jah Bone, local rap acts Samson B, Ghally and more.

The Djimba World Music Festival will take place on December 23 at the Community Centre, Wa, in the Upper West Region of Ghana.