Introducing Alisha, contemporary fusion artist, releasing her debut EP March 2021. A heritage student of Hindustani Classical Vocal and a descendent of Rastas in the Carribean, Alisha’s music draws upon reggae and raga, as well as her experiences as a community engaged artist, farmer, bodyworker and educator. Alisha has performed at TD Vancouver International Jazz Fest, Vancouver Mural Fest, and on tour with Afro Van Connect.
When you hear Essence, the debut release from 22-year old Vancouver- based vocalist Alisha, you may not be sure whether to take off your shoes and dance, or close your eyes and sit entirely still. Essence, a collaboration with legendary Nelson-based producer Adham Shaikh, weaves a deeply meditative medicine into a sound that may be familiar to the DJ’s of London, Detroit, and elsewhere, who are bringing “world” music into the radio and digital mix space. With orchestral production, expansive lyrics, and gently driving drums, this EP sounds both ancient and of the here and right now. Opening track “Silence Shines” calls out — “we are what our ancestors could have been, we move with the guidance of our skin.” Shaikh’s twirling bassline bring’s Alisha’s mantras into a place of absolute bliss. The EP’s second track, “Vulnerability,” weaves R&B vocals with Hindustani tabla drums, shimmering accents, and a touching guitar melody by Buckman Coe. When Alisha sings, “Life is ceaselessly dancing between the yes and no… let yourself be seen,” it feels like right on time for uplifting words such as these to meet a wider audience. Essence is a stunning debut, and the essence of Alisha’s tenderly fierce and fiercely tender heart shines through.
What People are Saying
“sublime flow ”
“A very special voice and vibe. not to be missed”
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“Vibrant, soothing and upliftinge”
“On Par w Shaikhs other works! “
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