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Gyan set to take the hiplife beat to Sunderland

Published on: 03 September 2010

Music lover and talented musician Asamoah Gyan can't wait to make a big noise on Wearside.

New Sunderland signing Asamoah Gyan boasts an interesting sideline - a burgeoning career in music.

The £13m signing has revealed he likes to spend his leisure time perfecting his singing voice and playing a wide range of instruments.

He's recently teamed up with Ghanaian hiplife artist Castro to release a song, titled African Girls, in his homeland.

Gyan is seen throughout the video for the song and also raps while performing the celebration dance he premiered while playing for Ghana in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Hiplife is a form of Ghanaian hip hop rooted in dancehall and reggae and performed in traditional Ghanaian languages.

As a keen proponent of Ghana's music scene, Gyan reveals he still likes to keep in touch with his roots and perform wherever possible.

"I have the talent," he explains. "In leisure time, I like to sing. On  my holidays, I like to sing.

"My friend Ghana is a professional musician in Ghana and is very famous there.

"We used to sing together and I have instruments at home. Music is my life, my hobby.

"Some guys like to go to the golf course or do whatever outside of football, I like to play music.

"Because of this Castro decided to feature me in one of his tracks."


As part of the Ghana squad which reached the last eight of the World Cup in South Africa, Gyan was an integral part of maintaining the Black Stars' famous team spirit.

He revealed the group of players did this through singing, which formed a major part of their preparations whether in the dressing room, the team hotel or even on the pitch.

Gyan explained: "Singing is very important to us. With Ghana I am the leader of the songs.

"When we are in training camp we try to psyche the players up by singing. They think I have a good voice to boost the confidence of the team.

"John Mensah can tell you more about that!

"Our mentality is very united. We like to sing all the time in camp.

"When we are there we forget about the game and don't put pressure on ourselves.

"We crack jokes and sing all the time - this is our way of psyching ourselves up."

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