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Violinist falls in love with Jamaica

Published:Tuesday | January 8, 2013 | 12:00 AM
An unconventional-looking violinist, Orisha Sound. - Contributed

Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Writer

International pop artiste/violinist Orisha Sound is in Jamaica. The artiste performed at the recently concluded National Organisation of Deported Migrants (NODM) upliftment concert in Trelawny and, according to the singer, she has spiritually connected with the island.

Orisha has performed in places such as Germany, Russia, Denmark, Finland, France, and the United Kingdom, as well as shared platforms with iconic musicians like Stevie Wonder. However, she disclosed that performing in Jamaica gives a sense of freedom.

"I did a great open-air show with a DJ in Trelawny at an event called 'Youth Man Nuh Buss Nuh Gun' on December 29, 2012, it was great. I also free-styled a little bit in Montego Bay and I performed with a live roots-reggae band ... we jammed for the whole day before the show, just enjoying each other's grooves. The crowd loved it, me singing and playing violin, lots of people can't even imagine violin in reggae, but it's a good mix. Next week, its all studio time in Kingston. Here, there are lots of room for improvising, and it gives that freedom to a good artiste. You can be playful and free and really feel the crowd," she said.

Orisha says Jamaica is her favourite country and pointed out that many international genres are heavily influenced by Jamaican music, she believes the world should give back to the country.

"Riddim hip hop, rap, dancehall, rock, drum 'n' bass - their roots go deep into Jamaican feel. Jamaica did so much for the world musically, culturally you know. I feel it's time now for the world to give it back to Jamaica. I'm in love with Jamaica and I'm addicted ... its spiritual and passionate. There is some deep deep connection going on but I don't know the real meaning behind it yet," she told The Gleaner.

The violinist recently started a charity initiative and is looking forward to hosting her first charity event in Hollywood next month. She is also plotting for a massive 2013.


This, after, Orisha has worked with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Anthony Hamilton, Timberland, Flo Rida, Jodeci, Devante, Bone Thugs 'n' Harmony, MC Lyte, and Shane Sparks.

With much to come in 2012, Orisha is grateful for the time she has spent in Jamaica.

"These two weeks in Jamaica added a lot to my vision. You know, my songs are like my little babies - they're going to be lots of Jamaican energy in the next few," she laughed.

Putting that energy into her work could come from a liaison with the Riddim Twins, Sly and Robbie.

"I will be in the studio by day and in the clubs by night. I'm meeting with Sly and Robbie they are a dream team and I'm ready for that kind of thing," said Orisha.

Orisha will return to Jamaica in March, 2013 to perform at another event as well as sort out collaborations.

She is also gearing up to take up her role as resident musician at the House of Blues on Sunset Avenue in Hollywood and will tour South Africa, Nigeria and Malawi this summer.

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