interviewed reggae artiste "Nakeeba Amaniyea"

by DRW

Nakeeba Amaniyea - Early exposure to the music industry only intrigued and enhanced the musical artistry of this reggae queen.

We wanted to get known this Reggae Queen a little better..

These are some of the question we asked Nakeeba Amaniyea

1. Who or what influenced your career choice?

I've always been extremely interested in music. Growing up in a musically family and around so many famous musicians always made music come sort of second nature to me.

2. Did you get formal training?

I would call it partially formal. I have received vocal training and lessons on the piano and guitar, but the environment that I grew up in cultivated my musical sense above anything else.

3. Do you write your own music?

Yes, I write all my songs. I appreciate the artistry of writing and performing a song that I've composed. I'm also willing to write and compose for other artists as well.

4. If yes, where do you get your lyrical ideas to write?

My lyrical ideas are inspired by a variety of sources: personal experiences, social commentary, the experiences of my peers, historical reference, the music, instrumentals, etc.

5. Who is your mentor?

My mother, Sister Carol, serves as my primary mentor in multiple respects. She is my adviser, main critic, and tries her best to help steer me in the right direction.

6. Which of your songs do you love the most?

The song of mine I love the most is a song called "My Jamaica". The reason while I love this song so much is that creating it allowed me to voice some of the pain, hurt, tragedy, and redemption that I have experienced growing up. It also allowed me to successful merge all of the genres of music that I use in my songwriting into something really beautiful. It's gives me a triumphant feeling every time I hear it.

7. What is your worst experience since becoming an artist?

I think a few people not taking me or my artistry seriously has been the worst thing I've experience. Some times when you are affiliated with someone that is famous or who has paved a way for you, some people feel they have the right to discredit your works or efforts. I think it's really unfortunate for them because they miss out on some really powerful and uplifting music due to their own biases.

8. Your best experience?

My best experience, hands down, has been seeing people sing my songs while performing. It is kind of surreal because you know the origins of the song, but when you see someone else or a fan singing along with you it really validates your work.

9. What would you change about the industry today?

I would like to see the industry gate keepers embrace more diverse artists. Often times if you don't fit into their box they want to label you and your music as something else. Hopefully, this will continue to change with the rise of independence among artists.

10. What advice would you give to young upcoming artists?

I would advise upcoming artist to be true to themselves and their experiences when creating music. Don't just make the music you think people want to hear, but make the music you think people need to hear.

11. How would you describe your music to people?

I would describe my music as an ecletic blend between Reggae, Hip-Hop, R&B,and Soul. I do my best to honor my allegiance to my influences and to put my own flavor on the music I create.
There is definitely something that will appeal to everybody and they will get a great message as well.

12. What image does your music portray?

The imagery behind my music is very vivid and largely based on a cultural, urban experience. People will hear the passion I convey for my community and my concern with legacy building.

13. What are your career goals?

Musically, I desire to establish myself as a real force to be reckoned with in terms of creating life changing music, songwriting, producing, publishing, and artist development. My primary goal is to utilize all of my collective talents to educate youth and build lasting institutions for them to excel in.

14. How would you define the word success?

Success is achieving happiness with regards to family, career, and your own goals. True success is achieving this without having to compromise yourself, values, or integrity along the way.

15. How would you rate yourself on a scale of 1 -10, 10 being the highest?

I would give myself anywhere between a 7 and 8 because while I acknowledge that I've made tremendous strides as an artist, I know that I still have much more to accomplish and achieve.

16. How do you market yourself?

My team and I constantly brainstorm of ways to utilize the internet, social media and networking, different promotional strategies, performances, and cross marketing opportunities to effectively brand what Nakeeba Amaniyea brings to the table.

17. Do you have a manager?

Yes, I do - JP/Polo of URBNCrown Entertainment is my manager.

18. If no, who handles your business? N/A

19. Are you assigned to any specific label?

Yes, I am signed to Black Cinderella Productions.

20. Give five words that describe you, your style and personality.

Ambitious, Humorous, Sincere, Intelligent, and Roots!!


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May 30, 2012
new single
by: Anonymous

Hey Nakeeba,Love the new single "Roots Rasta" the tune is a master piece it drawn me in immediately with the first lyrical line. I must give credit;your are the first young female artist that difinately coming in a different direction musically. keep up the great work.I seen you perform in NYC at Sullivan Hall.can't wait to hear more and see more from you. blessed love.

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