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Reggae artiste Winston "I-sasha" Young,
this year decided to spread his wings, mov-
ing away a bit from the reggae/conscious,
and soaring straight into the soca arena
with his two mega Carnival hits Do It and
Last year, during the general elections, I-
sasha became very visible and built a huge
profile for himself with his campaign soca
Let s Do This for the People s National Move-
ment political election platform.
"That song built a huge profile that I
believe brought out all the young voters all
over. I still have elders coming up to me and
saying thanks. Let s Do This is still big and
is still being requested for me to sing it every-
where I perform," I-sasha said.
The Rastafarian (by religion) and father
of three---two girls and a boy---was selected
among the semi-finalists for the Soca
Monarch competition. He predicts that it
will be an "epic experience" for himself and
It is the second time that I-sasha stepped
out for the Carnival season. His first was in
2011 with Wining Symptoms. That same
year another reggae/conscious artiste,
Prophet Benjamin, came out with his debut
Carnival hit Throw Wine.
I-sasha, combining his melodic voice with
the tones and instruments of Carnival, main-
tains his positive and conscious message in
his hit Do It.
He calls for T&T to remain united and
enjoy the country together.
"This was after the general elections, the
entire social media was flooded with racist
comments and remarks, so producer/writer
Angelo Pantin, also known as Qban, and I
decided to attempt to restore unity among
the Trinbagonian people through this soca
hit," Isasha said.
"Our culture is Carnival because in Car-
nival everybody becomes one as they come
together to party and free up themselves, so
I saying: Do it, free up, wave and play," he
The other hit, Ms Carnival, was written
by I-sasha and one of his friends. It was
produced by Ahtik Studios in New York.
I-sasha is expected to fly out to New York
on January 16 where he will be performing
his two hits. He will then return to one of
the biggest stages in the T&T Carnival fetes,
Ladies Night Out.
"So far, for me, it has been real vibes as
I was warmly welcomed in the few bars along
Ariapita Avenue that I went to, to launch
my hits. Love is surely in the house," I-sasha
After the Carnival hype is over, I-sasha
will be preparing for the release of his album
in May and then for another mega interna-
tional concert, this time in Dallas.
"Well I am a Trini so as an artiste from
T&T, when I travel people always ask: how
come I don t do soca? So, to please my fans,
I did a few, accepting the challenge, and
most of my fans are pleased. As far as the
soca arena goes, my manager always pushes
me towards it, like to enter the Monarch,
but honestly I don t think I need to compete
in Soca Monarch because once I get in there
it s a sure win for me," I-sasha said with a
"I think from now on I will always make
a contribution to T&T Carnival," he added.
Not wanting to disclose what s up for him
locally, I-sasha would only laughingly say:
"I have some plans to do one in Trinidad
very soon. I have a few reggae collabs coming
"Internationally, I travel at least five times
a year, doing performances in New York,
Texas, Dallas and California. I was even
requested to perform in England after a per-
formance in Dallas. I was flown to Dallas to
England for one night and it was nice and
I was well received. It was real love from the
fans that I didn t know I had in England and
I felt proud to fly our T&T flag high," he
I-sasha has been honoured by the Eman-
cipation Support Committee and celebrated
for positive music at their 2015 Emancipation
Anyone willing to book I-sasha for gigs
can feel free to call 355-5060.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, January 16, 2016
I-sasha spreads his wings
Winston "I-sasha" Young.
"Well I am a Trini so as an artiste
from T&T, when I travel people
always ask: how come I don't do
soca? So, to please my fans, I did
a few, accepting the challenge,
and most of my fans are pleased.
As far as the soca arena goes, my
manager always pushes me
towards it, like to enter the
Monarch, but honestly I don't
think I need to compete in Soca
Monarch because once I get in
there it's a sure win for me."
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