Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Writer
Orisha Sound, a violinist and international pop artiste, was recently in Kingston, Jamaica for the filming of the first Jamaican-American reality series called Project O.
Project O is a reality TV series created by internationally acclaimed production group, Black and Yellow Entertainment, for DirecTV's Punch TV.
The show gives insight into various aspects of the Jamaican entertainment industry and includes video shoots, recording sessions, shows, travel and parties.
The singer and violinist captured footage for the show at several events in and around Kingston and St Andrew. Parts of the show will also be filmed in Los Angeles, Miami and Las Vegas.
HOOKED ON JAMAICAN CULTURE
According to Sound, who got hooked on Jamaican culture after her first visit in late 2012, choosing Jamaica as one of the platforms to film the reality show came from the island's great working environment for persons pursuing careers in the arts.
"I split my time between Los Angeles, Jamaica and Europe now. Most of my musical work is done here, my band is based out of Kingston, Jamaica and I love recording here. General feedback in Jamaica is amazing. Disc jockeys and street people have given me a name, Orisha Sound AKA Boss Lady. Canada is saying the same and I don't know where it came from, but I love it," she said.
Sound said Project O is built around her as an international artiste and basically documents her interaction with different cultures, in the process showing viewers her development process.
She also hinted that the second season of the show might be based solely in Jamaica.
"The network and creators are planning on bringing the second season here to the island because we are here most of the time now - rehearsing and recording our next album, a reggae/dancehall pop project, It's a good deal. We are bringing lots of money to the island - because most of the work is done here - studio/promotion/events. We also have a lot going on in the US. We just got a new office in the heart of Hollywood," she revealed.
The first season of Project O is complete, with the first episode airing in the United States on September 20. The Jamaican premiere is scheduled for Hype TV in mid-October.
Orisha Sound, is also promoting her new collaboration with dancehall artiste Beenie Man called World War Three. The song is also going to be featured in Project O.
Three versions of World War Three were recorded — the Kingston mix, US mix and the European remix. The original recording was done in Jamaica by Shel-K Recordz/Springwata Production.
"I love to do what I do. I play 16 instruments, sing, act and perform ... So it's a process more than a final destination. My full album is expected to be out in the beginning of 2014. The TV series will be out in October and festivals are planned to start this December already," she told Entertainment.
Orisha Sound also released a collaboration with reggae artiste Sizzla Kalonji called Embrace It.