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Kiskadee is a female soloist songwriter, steel drum (pan) player and singer. She performs with various bands backing her or with backing tracks. Melodic, vibran
12 songs
It has been a year since I have been on soundclick, but being partially sighted, it is difficult to navigate. Anyway, to keep up to date visit www.kiskadee.net and also my new organisation Ethical Music. Listen at www.ethicalmusic.com
Band/artist history
The vocally strong singer/songwriter has just finished recording her debut album âœDonât Look Backâ쳌. Her Style of music combines her Trinidadian roots with a comtemporary new school RnB feel and has a social and spiritual comment. Three of the tracks were produced by the internationally acclaimed Los Angeles producer John Barnes and two tracks were produced by UK producer Andy Whitmore. During her recent visit to John Barnesâs Hollywood studios Kiskadee also collaborated with artists such as Chris Dixon (producer of Whitney Houstonâs first album), Del Atkins Craig Cooper, Andrea Carter, James Harrah and others. In July 2005, Kiskadee featured alongside Grammy winning producer KC Porter on a 6 country Caribbean tour. Together with a live band and a 65 piece choir, they travelled from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Trinidad, Jamaica and Miami. Born in England with little eyesight, Kiskadee, a British Trinidadian grew up in an area where she was part of only a tiny West Indian minority. At the age of two Kiskadee learned piano and started singing. By five, she was playing pan and singing in the family steelband, the Rainbow Steel Band. It was not unusual for Kiskadee herself to be featured in the local press even as a young child, grabbing headlines such as: âœYoung Singer Reveals Amazing Versatilityâ쳌 Kiskadeeâs father from Trinidad was a steel pan maker and her mother from Guyana was an accomplished violinist. After gaining a BA honours degree in French and English and then working for the BBC, Kiskadee entered the music arena full time as a singer, songwriter, pan player, producer and arranger. âœI really feel my West Indian roots,â쳌 says Kiskadee. âœCalypso, Reggae, Soca, Soul, R&B, I grew up with them all.â쳌 Kiskadee is currently unsigned and is seeking management, publishing and distribution. Kiskadeeâs songs have been played on numerous radio stations from BBC London to Choice FM.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
Yes! Most of my gigs are in the UK, but I just returned from an 8 concert 6 country tour of the Caribbeann performing with Grammy winning producer KC Porter and the Voices of Baha choir (65 people). The tour was a wonderful privledge and performing in Trinidad was especially great as I could use my Trini dialect. See www.kiskadee.net for some articles on the tour if you like.
Your musical influences
Calypso, Reggae, Soca, Soul, R&B... My father Michael Contant, a steel pan maker who taught me pan by the age of 5 My Mother, an acomplished classical violin and viola player who taught me piano at age 2. Whitney Houston Queen Mozart Lord Kitchener (calypsonian) Abba Edith Piaf Red Snapper Outlandish Chic
What equipment do you use?
The instruments I play are: steel drums (I have a collection of about 40!) Piano / keyboards Cakewalk Sonar 4 Producer
Anything else?
Did I mention that I am partially sighted? Which means that technically I am blind. I do have a little sight so I can see a general picture inclucing colors but no detail. It hasn't stopped me from anything really.
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