September 09, 2010
IKAYA GETS HER ISLAND GROOVE ON
Ikaya’s single Hard Way is about choices, which is actually an appropriate theme for the direction of the singjay’s career just now. Ikaya recently made the choice to temper her hardcore act with conscious, reality-laced lyrics and this decision has been paying off.
That choice resulted in her voicing singles such as Amber Alert, These Tears and her current fascination, Hard Way.
“Other singjays started out singing and then when they couldn’t get the break in the dancehall they went into hardcore deejaying, but my management team did it the other way around,” Ikaya explained. “I came into the business as a good-up good-up deejay talking up the things and once people stopped to listen, I hit them with the reality lyrics, as a singer and they are still listening,” she noted.
Considered among the best of the crop of new female artistes to emerge in recent times, Ikaya is steadily cementing her fan base across the island. She recently performed in Highgate, St Mary alongside Bugle and in Brown’s Town, St Ann, with Portmore Empire deejay, Popcorn, as part of her island trek while on the popular Digicel Road show.
On September 11, the series continues and Ikaya will be in Portmore entertaining fans, while on the 25th, the show moves to May Pen in Clarendon. The series closes on October 2 in Junction, St Elizabeth.
Ikaya is looking forward to the embrace from her out-of-town fans, because, as she said with a bright smile, “when country people love you, them love you bad”.