Inspired by Nigerian chef Hilda Baci, who recently broke the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking marathon, Ghanaian singer Efya has set her sights on creating the world’s longest song.
Hilda cooked for 100 hours non-stop, beating the previous record held by Indian chef Lata Tondon in 2019. Her achievement has generated global attention and debate, especially among Nigerians and Ghanaians.
Efya thinks she can also make Ghana proud by producing the longest recorded song. She said it does not mean she has to sing for hours on end without a break.
She said she could draw from Ghana’s tradition of dirges, which are long songs of mourning, and sing for several days or hold a note for a long time.
“I could do the longest song recorded. I don’t have to be on my feet singing continuously. I could sing for a couple of days; I could hold a note for long. These dirges we have in Ghana are an example, we have 15 minutes of such songs. I could sing for 30 hours if I want to break the record. Hilda recorded 100 hours because she was cooking,” she told Abeiku Santana.
The neo-soul singer said the only problem is that she might not be able to involve other singers in her project.
“The problem is that you might have to be the only one to sing. Maybe we might not be allowed to tag other people in it because it will seem easy and another country can beat us easily over it,” she said.
However, Efya is not discouraged by this challenge and hopes to achieve her record-breaking goal through her musical talent.