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Published:Tuesday | June 2, 2015 | 6:00 AMCurtis Campbell
JC Lodge
Aisha Davis
Shabba Ranks performs at Best of the Best 2015 in Miami, United States, late last month.

Singer Aisha Davis has been recruited by deejay Shabba Ranks to be his co-performer. Davis, who spoke with The Gleaner at Best of The Best in Miami, United States, two weekends ago, said the connection with Jamaica's first Grammy-winning deejay was unexpected.

"I will be doing the lead for the songs he did with Krystal (Twice My Age) and JC Lodge (Telephone Love). They called me to ask if I was available, and I agreed. A few years ago, I was in Europe, and he was in Europe, and he needed somebody to come and sing those songs, I was recommended and I went and did it. A few years later, he asked me to come and help out again, and I said it was no problem," she said.

Another popular Shabba Ranks duet is Mr Loverman/Champion Lover with the late Deborahe Glasgow.

not intimidated

Davis says she is not intimidated working with a legend, while giving Shabba Ranks credit for his personality.

"He is very human. I find him real and down to earth. We get along very well ... . It's not like, 'Yow! I am Shabba and you are this'. I am still doing my solo career as well, but whenever I can, I am always ready to give my support," she said.

Although Davis has covered a lot of ground in the studio and on stage, she has yet to hit the mark in a big way. She admits that it can be frustrating, however, she believes it takes time to build a solid brand. In her case, it has been more than 10 years.

"I am working on my album. I have several singles out, which I don't believe are getting enough love in Jamaica. They are getting played in Europe, Africa, and those places, but, you know, it's music and we don't have to focus on one area. I think when they feel the love for the music they will come on board. I am not in it for the quick buss. Music is who I am and not what I do. I am still on my journey," she said.

Davis not only impressed patrons at Best of The Best with her soothing vocals, but also wooed male patrons with her sexually suggestive dance moves and flexibility, often proving too hot to handle for the self-proclaimed 'Bedroom Bully' Shabba Ranks.

Cherine Anderson did the honours of providing the female lead vocals when Shabba Ranks performed at Reggae Sumfest 2012 in Montego Bay, St James.