Sasanya expects big things from career
Dancehall artiste Sasanya announced her arrival on the dancehall scene with a successful soirÈe last week to mark her birthday.
Held at the Seastar Inn in Negril, Westmoreland, the event drew more than 100 patrons, who partied up a storm until the wee hours of the morning.
The birthday girl performed several songs for her screaming fans, including Zum Zum that was released by independent record label, Cottage 9 Records.
"I loved the enthusiastic response from the crowd. I had my dancers up there, and the people were feeling my performance. A lot of people sang my songs, especially Zum Zum, word for word, so I want to big up all the disc jocks for their continued support," she said.
In the meantime, Zum Zum, which was released on iTunes In July, has been getting a favourable response on local radio stations. The song also features up-and-coming artiste South Black. The project has been boosted by the release of a energetic music video across a number of online platforms. The video jumped to number 16 on the FIWI Choice top ten charts last week, and is in rotation on HYPE and RE TV.
"Right now, I can't walk in peace in my hometown area. Everybody is seeing the video or hearing my song, and I am expecting big things if I keep pushing," she said.
Other singles to look out for include Girlie Girlie and I Like It featuring Fambo. Both singles are released on the Cottage9 Records imprint.
"There are more coming; different, different topics," said the artiste, whose real name is Sasanya Dawson.
A few years ago, Sasanya got involved in cabaret shows in the tourist industry before getting married and migrating to Paris, France. She tried her luck on a reality show in Paris, but after surviving a few rounds, she eventually failed to progress because of language barriers.
"I am not afraid to take on big challenges and doing well, despite the odds," she said.
Sasanya returned to Jamaica in 2010 where she worked at several hotels as a cabaret singer, and even entered Digicel Rising Stars, making it to the top 10.