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Following Ed Sheeran’s huge night at the 2016 Grammy awards that included taking home Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance both for “Thinking Out Loud,” the British singer disappeared for a while. The singer took some much needed time off to travel the world with his girlfriend Cherie, famously ditching his phone and unplugging, opening himself up to experience new cultures and draw inspiration from every corner of the world. One place that had a lasting impact on Sheeran was the country of Ghana.
Sheeran loved his time in the West African country so much that he wrote the song inspired by his time there. “Bidia Be Ye Ye” was one of the travel inspired songs to appear on Sheeran’s 2017 album Divide, including “Galway Girl” for Ireland and “Barcelona” for, you guessed it, Spain.
In a new video uploaded today, Sheeran takes viewers on a tour through Ghana, handing over singing duties to locals. Sheeran only pops up in a few blink and you’ll miss him moments, with only the back of the singer visible in two shots.
The new video does not mean that “Bibia Be Ye Ye” will be a single, but as Sheeran writes on his Instagram page, since it’s summer and he loves Ghana, why not drop a video?
Since it’s summer I wanted to put out a video for Bibia Be Ye Ye that was made by a fantastic director called @GyoGyimah and all filmed in Ghana. I visited Ghana last year to make music with @fuseodg and @killbeatzgh, and whilst there was exposed to such wonderful culture, food, music and scenery. Me and Fuse wanted to showcase all of these things in a music video to show off the beauty of it. This isn’t a single, but it’s the summer, and why not have a summer song come out with a feel good video for people to enjoy. It’s on YouTube now, just search Ed Sheeran – Bibia Be Ye Ye. And make sure you visit Ghana, it’s incredible. Enjoy the video !x
Sheeran’s new video was shot by Ghana director Gyo Gyimah, who Sheeran has previously praised on social media for his work. Gyimah directed the video for Fuse ODG’s “Window Seat,” a song produced by Jnr. Blender and Canadian Duo Banx and Ranx. Sheeran promoted the video and single on Twitter, with the song tied to Fuse ODG’s campaign to build a school in Ghana.
Ed Sheeran is currently on The Divide Tour in the US, having just wrapped up nine dates in Canada.
— GYO (@GYOGYIMAH) August 3, 2017