Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Writer
International pop artiste/violinist Orisha Sound has followed through on her promise to record singles with Jamaican artistes.
The violinist, who sports an unconventional fashion style for a violinist, recently wrapped up collaborations with reggae artiste Sizzla Kalonji and up-and-coming reggae act Wayne Daniels.
According to Orisha Sound, she has a lot of respect for reggae music and she wants to dabble in the genre some more. The song, featuring Sizzla, is called Embrace It, and sees both artistes professing their love for each other as Sizzla recites the lines:
My love you gotta embrace it, girl you cannot escape it, girl let me love you and give you loving care, come and let me take you places.
Orisha Sound replies:
Every man wants a piece of my body, you alone ride it like a Daccordi, from Eurpoe to LA to Kingston, Jamaica, your are the real man dats why mi deh ya.
According to Orisha Sound, who has been learning Patois, the collaboration with Sizzla marks the first time that she has done work with a reggae act.
"I feel so excited and enthused. I have never done collaborations with a reggae artiste before and to have done it with Sizzla, it feels like I'm taking on a new exploration, especially with the support that I have received from the Judgement Yard camp. He's really great working with," she said.
Sizzla and Orisha Sound have also filmed a music video for Embrace It. The video was shot in several beautiful locations in the island and was directed by Terminal 4 Media.
Publicist for Orisha Sound, Noel Mack, told The Gleaner that promotions for the song and video will be aggressive.
"Orisha Sound is an international artiste and so a lot of first-class work is being put into this project. We intend to push the song internationally because we want nothing less than success for both the single and the video. We are going to be in the streets of Kingston spreading the music, as well as on international tours. So we are definitely looking to put in some serious marketing, because we believe in the project," Mack said.
Orisha Sound is gearing up to release a 15-track album in June. The album was produced by platinum-selling, billboard-chart-topping producer Sheldon Williams.
Williams has worked with international acts like Toni Braxton, Miley Sirus and Backstreet Boys among others.
Like Orisha Sound, Sizzla also has other projects coming on stream, having completed The Messiah, his 70th reggae album.
The album is self-produced, however, it also features work from reggae producer Bread Back. Sizzla is gearing up for shows in the Caribbean in coming weeks.
"Orisha Sound is not done with Jamaica just yet. She has two reggae songs to release and one features reggae artiste Wayne Daniels, so I believe Jamaica has Jamaicanised yet another foreigner," Mack laughed.
Orisha Sound is currently signed to international record label Universal Records.