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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Ghanaian Singer Gyakie (Literally) Brings A Taste Of Home With Her Everywhere She Goes
In this episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, Ghanaian singer Gyakie reveals her favorite backstage treat and explains why she still gets emotional every time she goes on stage.
Afrobeats singer Gyakie has been steadily rising to fame ever since she debuted in 2019 — but the Ghana-born star admits she still has pinch-me moments every time she gets in front of her fans.
"My emotional state before I go on stage, every single time, no matter how much I'm used to seeing a lot of people on stage, I always feel like it is my first time," she says. "Sometimes I actually tend to cry. I can say, seven out of 10 times, whenever I'm about to go on stage, I get very teary. I start to cry, because every time I tell myself, 'I'm still doing this. I'm still in this game. People still love me.'"
Those emotional moments are only growing in number — with a rapidly growing collection of hit singles and awards show mentions, Gyakie is on her way up in the music business — and the singer says she centers herself by reaching for one of her favorite snacks. In the newest episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, Gyakie elaborates on the kinds of treats she most often likes to munch on before a show.
"So far as it's a crispy snack — you know, it keeps your mouth busy, you can hear the sounds in your ears," she explains with a laugh. "So I always like anything crispy."
But that's not all: She also makes sure her backstage area is well stocked with one particular condiment that reminds her of her home country. "I love hot sauce as well," she continues. "In Ghana, where, I can actually testify, we love hot sauce. About eight of 10 times, the food we have there, it always comes with hot sauce. So I'm used to it. That is all that we're about in Ghana."
Press play on the video above to watch as Gyakie shares more about her back-stage must-haves — and what she loves most about traveling the world to play for her fans — and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com for more episodes of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.
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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: 1da Banton Reveals His Secret Ingredients To Staying Happy While On Tour
Nigerian singer 1da Banton shares the two things he needs on every tour, and why his fans play a huge role in the joy he feels on the road.
It's common to feel a few nerves when you're standing on stage in front of thousands of people. That's why when Nigerian singer 1da Banton goes on tour, he stays grounded by bringing a close group of friends and family members for support.
"I always love to have my people around me. It's like a morale booster," Banton shares in this episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas. But friends aren't the only things keeping him motivated — he also emphasizes having his usual snack of choice, a sausage roll, backstage at all times.
Good friends and delicious snacks aside, Banton likes to give himself a pep talk before finally hitting the stage every night. "I [tell] myself: 'You got this. This is what you've been preparing for your entire life,'" Banton says.
Throughout his performances, he maintains his stamina from the fans' energy, which also happens to be his favorite part of being on tour. "I can feel the energy from the crowd," Banton explains. "Hearing them sing the songs gives me a lot of joy. My fans are family."
Press play on the video above to learn more about 1da Banton's tour life and passion for performing, and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com for more episodes of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.
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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Fortune Feimster's Tour Rider Includes This Southern Snack Staple
Comedian Fortune Feimster can't hit the road without red SOLO cups and a bag of ice, two items that remind her of her North Carolina roots.
Between her career as a stand-up comedian, actress, radio host, and podcaster, Fortune Feimster is always on the go. So when she puts together her tour rider, she makes sure to include items that will make every venue feel like her home away from home.
At the top of her list are water, a red SOLO cup, and ice. "I'm from North Carolina. I have to take it back to my roots," Feimster shares in this episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.
Without the influence of her partner, Feimster says she would include her favorite guilty pleasure snacks, Snickers and Doritos. "[My wife is] like, 'How about an apple, some almond butter, and cashews?'" Feimster laughs.
Feimster also likes to have an iced cortado, a coffee that's equal parts espresso and milk. Although it might not be feasible, she emphasizes that she would love to bring a portable café to every stop. "In Milwaukee, they have their own coffee shop backstage with a barista," she explains. "If I could get really fancy, I'd somehow have a coffee-barista situation with me."
Press play on the video to find out the complete story behind Fortune Feimster's appetizing tour rider, and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.
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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Yuju Reveals The Cozy Items That Keep Her Calm On Tour
K-pop star Yuju dishes on her favorite clothes, foods and scents that help her stay grounded while she's on the road.
Since starting her solo career in early 2022, South Korean singer Yuju has released her first mini-album, appeared on multiple soundtracks, and served as an MC on a Korean variety show. So when the multihyphenate adds a tour to her mixed bag, she prioritizes her comfort and relaxation.
In this episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, Yuju shares some of the essentials — from cozy pink slippers to gummy candies — that keep her grounded while she's on the road.
"When I take a rest, if I'm with this kind of soft light rather than a harsh light, I feel more relaxed," Yuju explains, showing off her mood lamp.
The former GFriend member also brings a rose-scented perfume, but she notes that she wasn't always a fan of the item in her childhood. "At some point, I fell in love with the rose scent," she shares. "I spray it on my bedding sometimes and use it often when I feel nervous, so it runs out quickly, and I have to buy a lot."
Despite the nerves she might feel while on tour, seeing her fans makes it worthwhile. "The best thing about performing live is that I can make eye contact with my fans," she says. "It's a good feeling of tension and excitement that I can only feel at that moment."
Press play on the video above to learn more about Yuju's life on tour, and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.
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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Denzel Curry Keeps It Simple On The Road With Toiletry Essentials And Healthy Snacks
Rapper Denzel Curry shares the list of items he needs to be his best self on stage — all of which can be found on the shelves of any corner pharmacy.
It doesn't take a whole lot for Denzel Curry to be happy when he's on tour. The rapper says his must-haves are all simple items that help him look his best and feel good, even after a night of going all out on stage.
In this episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, Curry says that toiletry items are at the top of the list when he considers what he needs on tour — and he also likes to find healthy ways to satisfy his sweet tooth, too.
"My current tour rider has deodorant, lotion, some snacks like fruit or dried mango," he lists. "First of all, I just like mango. But the reason why I like dried mango is 'cause it's sweeter. It kinda feels like candy, but it's not really candy."
Lotion is a key component of Curry's tour rider because it keeps his skin looking and feeling its best when he's on stage, he goes on to explain. "I don't wanna be ashy. You know what ashy is? It means that it looks like your elbows and your knees are just pretty much white or looking kinda dusty. I can't be looking all dusty like a mummy, you feel me?" he adds with a laugh.
A Denzel Curry show is an immersive experience, he says — so much so that he always walks off stage covered in sweat, and immediately needs to change into something dry. Along with delivering a high-energy show, Curry makes sure he gets up close and personal with his fans. The rapper remembers one particular recent show where he brought not one but two fans on stage to sing his song "RICKY" with him.
"I brought a fan on stage, he had a sign that said '[I wanna] sing 'RICKY' with you'... Then there was another fan that had the same sign, and I brought him on stage as well," Curry recalls. "He got to the stage a little bit late, we were literally on the last hook, and he ended up just killing it. I gave the mic to him... and he killed it."
Press play on the video above to learn more about how Curry's tour essentials help him create a live show that's an epic experience for all involved, and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com for more episodes of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.