How Y’akoto bagged a collaboration with ‘Donda’ producer Nabeyin


On April 26, Ghanaian singer Y’akoto released her sultry new single ‘Secret’, heralding a new dawn for her musical guise.

The single, her first project of the year, featured Ghanaian Drill/Afro-Beat star Jay Bahd (Asakaa Boys). 

 The stunning new cut was recorded as part of a host of very productive recording sessions in Los Angeles with Grammy-nominated producer Nabeyin, who has previously worked with Kanye West, Drake, Nas, and Miguel among others.

Secret’ was also mixed and mastered by multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated engineer IRKO, whose credits include Kanye West, Jay Z, The Weeknd, Sia, and Jennifer Lopez.

Y’akoto and producer Nabeyin share an extraordinary story of musical destiny. Narrating how she crossed paths with the producer, she explained he first heard her sound on an Apple Music playlist highlighting Ghanaian female artists. Impressed with what he heard, he reached out on Instagram, to which she responded.

“We had a similar vibe. We were both into music, and I remember him telling me, I don’t care how many followers any artist has; as long as they’re talented, I want to work with them.” She spoke about the producer. Y’akoto further revealed the producer’s intention to work with more Ghanaian artists, as he is of Ghanaian heritage. 

Expounding further into her recording in LA, the “Secret” singer explained Nabeyin had plans to link up with her once he arrived in Ghana. However, she wanted to be able to spend more time working with the producers and flew to Los Angeles instead.

“I wanted full studio time because I like to get locked in with a certain producer and I like to work from morning to evening. I don’t like when my sessions are interrupted,” she said. Hence, she made the sacrifice and recorded a plethora of songs with the producer, which was equally mixed and mastered in LA.

Listen to “Secret” on your preferred streaming platform.

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