Friday, January 19, 2018

Nisha B turns on the heat


Mark Fraser

Nisha B is on fire for 2014.

The sister of 2010 Chutney Monarch Ravi B and the lone female frontline singer of the family band Karma, Nisha has put out “Sweethand”, her first release for the season. It rides the Curry Que Riddim.

The song, written by Dale Ryan and Patrice Millien of Millbeatz Entertainment, is a peppery double entendre chutney soca with a catchy chorus .

“I loved the marriage of the Indian beats with the soca,” Nisha said.

“My initial thought was this is going to be a song I will enjoy performing — which I believe is very important to an artiste.”

The Curry Que Riddim was the concept of Ryan, Millien and David Millien, she said.

On the track, listeners will notice that Nisha doesn’t sound quite herself — some might even say she sounds younger.

The artiste is quite aware of this and admits that her voice tends to have different sounds on different tracks.

“Singing is almost like acting. My vocals (change) to suit the type of song I sing.”

Singing a double entendre song is nothing new for the talented singer. Some years ago she sang “Bison”, which today has surpassed one million hits on You Tube.

“I am definitely not shy,” she said. I like a commanding song. On stage I think a lot of artistes go through a transformative persona. It’s like acting.

“On stage you are allowed to act out what you sing; it’s really quite exciting.”

Nisha added that when she is performing “Sweethand” live and she gets to the chorus “turn and flip it” there would be a lot going on onstage.

“I am mostly interested in seeing the crowd’s reaction and of course their follow-up to our dance because Trini women could wine.”

Nisha B’s career began in earnest after she completed secondary school — even though she grew up with music around her.

Nisha performed in local competitions like Mastana Bahar and the Children of Mastana — which she believes paved the way for her life in the entertainment business.

Nisha’s first hit was “Scorpion” in 1999. She then joined with her brothers Anil and Ravi and Karma was born.

She lists among the highlights of her career a duet with former prime minister Basdeo Panday at a private function, having a “heart to heart” talk with bollywood playback singer Alka Yagnik, meeting late Bollywood actor Rajesh Khanna and actress Zeenat Aman and singers Sonu Nigam, Kumar Sanu and Anup Jalouta.

Her dream is to meet 84-year-old Lata Mangeshkar one of Indian’s cherished and legendary singers and sometimes composer.

Nisha prides herself in being the first chutney artiste to record with Jamaican dancehall artiste Beenie Man for what is termed a dancehall chutney.

She later teamed up with Busy Signal for the song “Lying Man”.

So far the Carnival season is looking busy for both Nisha and Karma.

“I have had amazing and positive feedback with “Sweethand”. I am starting live performances this week with the song.

Earlier this week Nisha also released “Catch It” on the Flags Up Riddim.

Asked if this might be the year we finally see Nisha B in a Carnival competition, the singer said she always gets asked that question; but this won’t be the year.

“I will be there, supporting,” she said.

“Karma’s Carnival season is really pumping. We already into the Carnival with some big fetes.”