Ghana? Not the first destination most would choose for their vacation destination but the beautiful African country became the inspirational muse for singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran and his latest album, Divide. Ed was looking for new influences and sounds and the exotic location lived up to his expectations. His song “Bibia Be Ye Ye” was written in the Ghana dialect, Twi, and translates to “All Will Be Well” in English. The feel-good song wasn’t intended to be released as a single but the fans have made it an album highlight and Sheeran shot a video in Ghana to capture the spirit of the Ghanaian people, their culture, the picturesque scenery, and the delicious food they love. Ed only makes a brief cameo in the clip as the video showcases local residents lip-syncing to the song.
“BIBIA BE YE YE”
Ghana isn’t the only country that Ed Sheeran fell in love with for his latest album. The third single, Galway Girl, which features a collaboration with an Irish folk band, Beoga. The song debuted on St. Patrick’s Day and quickly became a #1 hit in Ireland and a Top 10 hit worldwide. His label wasn’t crazy about adding a folk song to his pop album but the cheeky charm of the lyrics and the traditional Irish sound was a great counterpoint to Sheeran’s typical style. The music video starred Saoirce Ronan, an Irish actress, and received a little infamous irony when Ed gets a misspelled tattoo reading “Galway Grill”.
“You know, she played the fiddle in an Irish band,
But she fell in love with an English man
Kissed her on the neck and then I took her by the hand
Said, “baby, I just want to dance”
“GALWAY GIRL” ED SHEERAN