This weekend our spotlight falls on one of the brightest Soca starlets, Kisha Joseph. Even before giving us the “D’Vibe” there seemed to be something very “Low Key” about the artiste formerly known as Sweet Kay. She started her musical journey at her Alma Mata, Corinth Secondary School, where she got her first taste of competition after taking part in her school’s calypso competition. She placed second that year and then went on to participate and win the Mathematics Soca competition in 2014.
“The riddim I sang on was sent to me by Soca icon Fay Ann Lyons from Trinidad and Tobago. That same year I took second place in my school’s groovy and power Soca competitions,” a still gleaming Kisha told us.
In 2015 she received her big break, performing as a guest artiste at the Groovy and Power Soca monarch competitions but up until this year, she was hardly a household name. Let’s find out a little bit more about the lady who has made it ok to “dance” with T.P.M.
When did you first realise that this is your calling and how did you break into the industry?
-From a tender age I’ve always been into music so it’s been in me naturally, but into 2014 I decided to record my first power Soca track “Fire waist” which was produced by Scottish
Tell us about the struggles you faced as a new artiste and what has changed this year.
– The struggles I’ve encountered are criticisms, which is expected, and not enough air play of some of my songs. This year I’ve branched out to a different genre of music and I realised that persons have an appreciation for controversial songs.
How did the collaboration with you and Mata happen for T.P.M?
-Well I always wanted to work with Mata because the two of us have a good musical relationship and he is also part of the Dennery segment, so the idea came to mind that I should try a Kuduro because I believe that I have the potential to sing different genres of songs. The rest is history. Mata came to my house and we worked on the song in one day. The concept for TPM: I had it in mind from since last year.
You have been receiving a lot of criticisms on social media for the song, how do you deal with detractors and stay focussed on your goal?
-People never like the truth especially when it refers to them because this is something that’s been happening in our everyday lives. Many persons have embraced the song while there are others who have criticized it. From the time I entered the industry I had already prepared myself for the critics because I know that would come, but i do not let it break me down cause at the end of the day it is just music and I am not one that could be broken down so easily.
At Soca Switch you did a freestyle that really surprised and excited the crowd is that a new part of Kisha we can expect to see more of?
– Lol“well you can expect a lot from me in the future, but I will keep it quiet for now and save the surprises for later. I am growing in the industry I’m no longer the little girl who started. I am a big girl now.
Your second song with Red Boys birthed your first major title, did you anticipate that from Vaval Vibes and will we hear more from you and the Red Boys?
– Certainly. Vaval Vibes is a very good song, I’ve been getting alot of compliments about it. The song speaks for itself. It’s all about Lucian carnival. I would like to encourage the deejays to push the song as I believe it is a wonderful theme song for our carnival and it can also market our tourism industry.
What is the ultimate goal for you as an artiste?
– I will continue to push my music and hope one day that my music will take me in the right direction that I want it to go, which is outside the boarders, because in order to make it you need the right set of people in your corner. I hope that my dream can become a reality so that I can represent St Lucia to the fullest.
Who is your idol and inspiration in the industry?
-My idol is Destra. She has always been my inspiration. I’ve always pictured myself on a stage doing what she does and I am pleased to say that the two of us maintain a close friendship and we’ve been in touch with each other.