Ghanaian Set To Sing 3,200 Songs In 117 Hours
…Hopes To Break Guinness Book of Records
By Gifty Arthur
Afua Asantewaa O. Aduonum will be attempting to sing for at least 117 or more hours to break the current World Record Holder, Sunil Waghmare, an Indian national, who sang for 105 hours in 2012.
The four-day competition, nicknamed, “longest singing marathon,” will start from December 24, all the way to December 27, 2023.
Asantewaa is not allowed to repeat any of the songs, until after four hours, while each of the songs is expected to last not more or less than two minutes.
These songs are supposed to be strictly Ghanaian.
She is however free to select the songs from categories such as gospel, highlife, hiplife, afrobeat, Azonto and many other genres. The goal is to promote Ghanaian songs and project the country to the world.
After applying to contest, a response from the Guinness World Records team reads in part, “We are pleased to inform you that your application has been accepted under the following title ‘Longest singing marathon’.”
Now the news has got many on social media thrilled and almost every Ghanaian is talking about the impending contest on the internet.
They have begun sending congratulatory messages to Asantewaa and urging her to go for the win. Musician Charles Nii Armah Mensah, popularly known as Shatta Wale, has thrown his weight behind the lady, Asantewaa.
The ‘Taking over’ hit maker posted “I wish I will be there to support this lady …You can do it!!! Let’s goooo I don’t know you from anywhere but I want to support and boost your confidence and also let you know you are winning hands down Cheers #GOGHANA.
A family doctor, Patrick Fynn, and his team are promising to provide support to the singer. He informed Asantewaa, “My medical team is on standby for your break-time resuscitations and monitoring. You must win this!” Others are also asking to know where the singing will take place so they storm the venue to cheer to victory.
In a short video clip posted on her Facebook page, the bubbly young lady revealed she was a bit skeptical when she first applied for the contest. She asked Ghanaians to add her to their Christmas calendar and also remember her in their prayers.
“Guinness World Record Breaking Attempt. When I applied, I was kind of a bit skeptical but finally it’s here and planning and plotting already underway. Your Christmas season is going to be exciting because I am ready for the task and challenge. Please if you say a prayer, say one for Afua Asantewaa.
“The current record holder for the longest singathon is 105 hours and I intend to do 117 if possible 120 hours. Yes, I just gave you a gist. So we are doing a singathon very soon the hashtag will be out, official communication will be out. And hey it’s this December so add me to your Christmas calendar because I am definitely going to make Ghana proud. This is for Ghana. And the singathon it’s strictly Ghanaian songs. I told them that I am doing this to project Ghanaian music and nothing else,” she said to announce the contest.
In her latest video, Asantewaa sought to give more information, saying “A little education about singathon. So, it is basically a singing marathon and what I am aiming at is the Guinness World Record attempt for the longest singing marathon by an individual. I am attempting the record by an individual for the longest singing marathon. And I am doing this for 117 hours or more hours because the current record holder did 105 hours in 2012. Yes!”
“So, this attempt is strictly for Ghanaian songs, we are promoting Ghanaian songs from gospel, hilife, hiplife name it. And we are doing it in this December. So, for those who don’t understand this, it is simply a singing marathon and each song must not exceed two minutes and you cannot repeat a song until the fourth hour,” she added.