Friday | October 11, 2013
Kelissa driven by cultural experiences
Driven by life and her learning experiences, up-and-coming reggae artiste Kelissa is steadfast on her musical journey and is graceful in so doing for the long haul, as far as her chords will take her.
Though her background is from a family rooted in music with both parents and sibling being budding musicians, Kelissa says understanding different cultural experiences play a part in the core of her art form, reggae and dancehall music.
Having lived in Tanzania, East Africa, for quite some time, the opportunity has allowed her to be introduced to different forms of music.
She told THE WEEKEND STAR: "I was also introduced to another form of music, African music. It was not something that was far away, but it was also something that I had never experienced, even hearing modern day African music and how similar it sounds to dancehall for instance. So my music is really rooted in reggae music and dancehall and Jamaican culture, but it has also taken on the characteristic of being around different people of different nationalities."
No stranger to the stage, Kelissa has made the most of travelling to different territories to showcase her music whether by self or a member of a tour party.
She embarked on her first tour last year dubbed '50 days in Africa', where she performed in countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Ethiopia.
Kelissa told THE WEEKEND STAR that she appreciates being around fellow musicians who are on the same mission.
She said: "On my return to Jamaica, I continued my journey where I shared stage with Jessia Royal, Dre Island, Chronixx, Empress Sativa, Protoje, Kabaka Pyramid and others to be able to come back and regroup with these people who are on a mission, because it's a mission for all of us, is not a money-making thing.
The main intention is driving first behind the movement which is just positivity, unity, and love showing how we come together to do music even though we are all on our own individual path".
Kelissa recently returned to the island after a successful East Coast tour with Chronixx and she says the feedback has been overwhelming.
The soulful singer told THE WEEKEND STAR that as the opening act for each show on the tour, she and the ZincFence Redemption band delivered astounding performances for the eager audiences.
Grown accustomed to busy schedules, Kelissa is slated to perform alongside Chronixx and the band this week throughout next week for three shows in the UK.
Kelissa says she is humbled by the rotation currently being given to two of her tracks, Afrika, produced by Anbessa Productions/ZincFence Records and Gideon, featuring her brother Keznamdi, produced by ZincFence Records.
Her new releases include Selassie I Way on the Selassie I Way rhtyhm, produced by Israel Records and Natural, on In Transit rhythm, produced by Notice Productions.
Kelissa is also urging fans to come see her in performance at 'Kelissa Live' on November 1 at Levels. She expressed: "Give thanks and praise for the people listening and liking my music, not just of mine but the youths, Jah said a child shall lead the way".