Orisha Sound’s First Dancehall Single ‘Embrace It’ Featuring Sizzla Kolanji

Working in Jamaica with Sizzla Kolanji gives me the freedom to express myself and take my music to higher heights” said Orisha Sound, International Pop artiste, Musician and Dancer in a February 13 publication of the Jamaica Gleaner  Orisha was first introduced to Jamaica’s music industry when she recorded a single entitle ‘Sunshine Lady‘ with local  artiste Wayne Daniels.  From the experience, Orisha commit to having locals recognize her singing, song-writing and multi-instrumentalist talents through  performance and appearances as well as create music with local artistes and producers. 

The U.S. based artiste of Slavic and Scandinavian ancestry, visited Jamaica December 2012 for a performance at the National Organisation of Deported Migrants (NODM), a charitable event that was held in the parish of Westmoreland. After her crowd pleasing performance, Orisha’s next stop was the infamous city of Kingston. There, she met and recorded her first Dancehall collaboration titled ‘Embrace it,‘ with one of the island’s most notable international Reggae artiste Sizzla Kolanji before she left.  Two weeks later, she returned to shoot a video for the song which had been put in rotation across several local radio stations. 

Within days, the video was released on all local Television/cable channels.  She was invited to perform with Wayne Daniels at the Constant Spring Golf Club. Wayne introduced her during his set and as they sang their soothing ‘Sunshine Lady’ reggae ballad together, the audience erupted in appreciation. Sunshine Lady,‘ was also getting multiple spins on radio and Orisha was kept busy doing radio and cable/tv interviews.

Since Orisha’s last visit to the island, rotation on both singles, ‘Embrace It’ and ‘Sunshine Lady’ have increased to six spins per day.  While daytime radio’s buzz get going, so has the Jamaican night life scene.  The songs can be heard in clubs and blaring through speakers at weekly reggae/dancehall events that many music celebrities, media, corporate and music industry representatives attend.   With multiple events coming up this summer, Orisha look forward to performing on Reggae Sumfest, the island’s most successful three (3) day festival.  Back home in Los Angeles, she is working toward the completion of a 15 track album slated for release June 30, on RBC Records label.  Two new videos for her remixed reggae version of singles, ‘Make Me Moan‘ and ‘Beautiful Sun‘ that have made the album is near completion and will be released in Jamaica. Both videos have been Directed by Vassel Casssius and Marvin William in Los Angeles, California.

By: Sophia McKay

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