Orisha Sound’s debut album predicted to break barriers

February 11, 2019
Orisha Pelzer of Orisha Sound displays her violin skills at Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records recently.
Orisha Pelzer of Orisha Sound displays her violin skills at Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records recently.

Orisha Sound performs songs from their new album, Fire and Ice, during the offical launch last Thursday at Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records.
Orisha Sound performs songs from their new album, Fire and Ice, during the offical launch last Thursday at Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records.
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Anticipation was high at Orisha Sound's album launch held at Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records in Kingston last Thursday night. The Russian-Jamaican duo spent one month in total recording 12 tracks for their debut album,Fire N Ice, and singer Orisha Pelzer saw the occasion as the ultimate audition.

"It was like a big, big try-out because this was the first presentation of the album, until now it was a lot of cooking in the studio and recording and mixing and now it's out there for the people," Pelzer toldThe STAR.

An American singer and musician of Russian and Brazilian descent, Pelzer, paired with St Thomas singer, Sheldon 'Shel-K' Williams, in 2017, and they have been performing in Europe and other continents since. Their album,Fire N Ice, was produced by Californian musician Timothy Bloom, a two-time Grammy winner for Chris Brown'sFame and Ne-Yo'sBecause of You albums. He was also present at the launch and said the album has the potential to earn a Grammy award.

"Throughout the recording process that's what we say: 'On our way to the Grammys'. I think manifestation is a very powerful thing; if you will it, it will come," Bloom said. "I think it's going to do great. This is their first record and it's always that first record that breaks barriers and boundaries."

no expectations

Williams, on the contrary, said the group has no expectations for the project.

"We're just loving what we're doing and we're putting the energy into it. We don't have any expectation for a Grammy, we just gonna let the music do its work," he said.

Among the tracklist are the lead singleOne Way Trip, a tropical dance number; dancehall-lacedWine Suh; pop-flavouredBullets Dancing in the Dark and its one-drop reggae title track.

The group noted the importance of creating music that caters to a diverse audience.

"Everywhere we go, we get different audiences; the little kids come and dance and we get older people who come and try to do the dances and we'll laugh and have fun," said Pelzer. "It's all about togetherness, fun, joy and the international quality of reggae music because I think reggae music has something magical that no other music has."

Williams chimed in.

"What I love too is there are Jamaican musicians like Donovan 'Benji' Belnavis from Ruff Kutt playing on it. So the Jamaican sound is there fused with other genres for all kinds of people," he said.

Orisha Sound will continue their promotional blitz in Jamaica until February 20, after which they will take their show to Russa.

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