- Words Notion Staff
As she continues to rise alongside the next-gen of African artists, Mellissa talks Rihanna stanning, finding catharsis through music and more.
Mellissa’s music has always sounded expensive. This may seem an overly simplistic denotation but her lavish melodies and luxurious vocals shine bright like a diamond chandelier. On ‘Me & U’, the Ghanaian artist’s latest single, it’s a flamenco guitar and sugary Afrobeats rhythm that reek of such riches. Hoping to empower people to find their most confident selves, the track fuses a range of sounds that make up her self-coined ‘afro-sexy’ vibe – spearheaded by the singer-songwriter’s angelic voice.
Growing up, Mellissa was always surrounded by music. The sounds of her mother’s restaurant next door would pulsate through the walls, and eventually, she found underground Ghanaian gems and mainstream R&B cuts to indulge in. After completing a film degree, the Wizkid-approved artist longed to test her creativity across different mediums, eventually taking the plunge into a career as a popstar.
‘Me & U’ is a track for the good and the bad girls; it’s for anyone looking to reclaim their sexiness as a feeling rather than a physical attribute. Produced by Mont Jake, who’s worked closely with Greentea Peng, the single places Mellissa as the main character, pursuing a love interest secretly. Sensual visuals courtesy of TSE Studios and TUNDECUTS only illuminate this feeling further.
As she continues to rise alongside the next-gen of African artists, here, Mellissa talks Rihanna stanning, making music cathartically and more.