Friday, December 15, 2017

Seeking to be a double threat

Reigning joint Schools Soca Monarch, Sasha-Ann Moses is focussed on building a career in both the calypso and soca arenas.


WINNER: Sasha-Ann Moses performs at the finals of the 2014 National Schools Soca Monarch in which she placed first tying with Jeromy Rodriguez. —Photo: Stephen Doobay

Mark Fraser

Sometimes the things we least expect are what becomes our greatest aspirations in life. One person who can agree to this is 18-year-old calypsonian/soca artiste, Sasha-Ann Moses. 

This young and upcoming artiste is the joint reigning National Junior Soca Monarch (Secondary Schools category) sharing the title with Jeromy Rodriguez with whom she tied in the finals during the Carnival season. Moses, who has participated in a number of junior and senior calypso competitions, winning several throughout the years, is confident that her future holds bigger, better and more fulfilling opportunities within the arenas. 

Growing up in Mt Lambert, Moses lived a relatively ordinary life where she attended the Mount Lambert RC Primary school then San Juan Secondary School. It was only at age 11, however, that she began her calypso career and things changed. Moses admits that performing calypso and soca was not always something at the top of her to-do list, but rather it came as a mild suggestion. “My teachers recommended it,” she said. “So I tried it and I’ve liked it ever since.” 

“Gangsta Motto”, Moses recalls, was the name of the first song she ever performed which was composed by Phillip Murray better known as extempo calypsonian Black Sage. 

This year, she took second place at the National Junior Calypso Monarch competition with her heartwarming song “A Mother’s Love”. She also won the 2012 First Citizens Emancipation Calypso Monarch competition with the song, “No Division”. Larry Harewood composes for her these days.

Moses who has also previously won the St Joseph and Manzanilla Calypso Monarch competitions performs wherever she is invited and has appeared at several major events including the recent Best Village Food and Folk Fair and the City of Port of Spain 100th Year Anniversary celebrations. 

She is currently a pupil at The University of the West Indies Open Campus Sixth Form school and says she has a great interest in pursuing a career in law. The laid back teen enjoys participating in sports and dance as well as dedicating time towards volunteering for charitable projects whenever she can. 

Moses explains that she is considering entering the Schools Soca Monarch Competition one last time come 2015. She also speaks of intentions to step out of her comfort zone and enter the National Calypso Monarch and Interational Soca Monarch competitions as well as experimenting with her writing skills by composing her own songs. 

Moses’ heart is set on having a career as both a soca and calypso artiste. She looks forward to the days when her voice can be heard across the Caribbean and eventually—the rest of world.