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Lila Ike and Sevana hit US east coast with Protoje

Published:Tuesday | July 2, 2019 | 12:21 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter
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Lila Ike and Sevana, the two women in Protoje’s In.Digg.Nation label, are on a trip with their fearless leader, taking on the US east coast. It is the first time for Sevana in the Big Apple, and for Lila, she is in promotion mode following the recent release of her latest single, Where I’m Coming From.

In addition to hitting a number of stages with the label boss and special guest accompanying artiste Jesse Royal, the two singers are making the rounds, rubbing shoulders with major international players like streaming giants Tidal and Pandora.

Currently in New York, the ladies wrapped up scintillating performances in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park for BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, one of New York City’s longest-running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals, and Everyday People, an event and cultural platform that appears in New York City, California, and Toronto, Canada.

“Coming to New York for the first time is really surreal. I’m familiar with it just because of films, and New York is well represented in movies. It was surreal, but it also felt familiar – and I feel like I belong. I feel like I fit in here. It’s always good to come to a place and feel like you have a space there. It is like a dream come true because the energy is so in line with how I am,” Sevana told The Gleaner.

Based on these recent performances, Sevana is pleased with the reception they have been getting.

“It’s pretty good. And then also the statistics that I saw when I went to Pandora – it seems like people are listening to my music all over the US. I think there is a fanbase. It’s just now to activate those people who I have already reached and get them to work for me. That’s the next step,” she said.

In light of her latest single, Lila is this week’s face of Tidal’s Dancehall Rising playlist. She also has another track that was released at the same time as Where I’m Coming From, with Tarrus ‘Singy Singy’ Riley. The track, called Dangerous Waters, features on Riley’s latest album, B.L.E.M. (Blending Life’s Experiences Musically).

“Things are popping man, and you soon get new music,” Lila told The Gleaner.

Right behind her label-mate, the siren has promised new music to tide her fans over during the summer. “ Nobody Man is coming out on July 19. In the video, I’m deejaying, I’m dancing – basically, using all my gifts to support my purpose and my dreams. I’m really excited about that. So let’s see how the people dem respond to it,” Sevana said.

As for Lila, there have been rumours that the raspy-tone songstress will hit the Reggae Sumfest stage later this month.

“The rumours might or might not be true. Let’s just wait and see wah gwaan, nuuh?” she said coyly. What she could reveal is that there is more music in the pipeline. “I definitely have some new things coming. There’s a project I’m on – a riddim that Protoje is putting out with all females that’s coming soon.”

kimberley.small@gleanerjm.com