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EVEN AFTER THE interview was over and
Nisha Bissambhar (known as "Nisha B" in the
musical world) was prepping for her photo
shoot, we kept the conversation going. There
was a passion for everything she spoke about
--- from her life with her fiancé, to getting make-
up tips from MAC Cosmetics's Laurie Henry, to
riding high on the success of her latest musical
offerings for 2K14. We could have gone on for
much longer, had time permitted. I found
that, as enthusiastic as she was be-
fore, it was when she spoke
about her family and her
newest project --- her
clothing line ---
that her eyes lit
up the most.
Nisha B grew
up in Sangre
Grande, into a tal-
ented musical family that
included her father and uncle. It is no surprise
then that Nisha, one of four children (two boys
and two girls), became part of a band that in-
cludes two of her siblings, Ravi B and Anil.
A past student of Sangre Grande Hindu and
Lakshmi Girls' schools, this "Grande girl", holds
many titles: radio announcer, TV host, frontline
singer of Karma the Band and, most recently
clothing designer. It is possible that fans and
party revellers will be able to see Nisha's new
clothing line and collection, dubbed "Nisha B
Connection 2014 Stage Side", as early as her
next performance and her glamorous outfits
will soon be available for sale.
The classy, sexy, vintage-style line is designed
especially with artistes in mind, and this collec-
tion will include a combination of leather, lace
and pearls influenced by iconic actresses Mari-
lyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Nisha B, her-
self. Explaining that there is a need for exclusive
clothing for performers that would enhance
their stage presence, she says she aims to fulfil
that need with her collection.
"I am in love with reinvention and being differ-
ent, and the whole concept of style and fashion
is what I am all about and what I intend to do,"
says Nisha. She smiles as she reminisces about
the time when she used to wear her mother's
black and white polka dot shoes, which were
actually too big for her. The fashion instinct
runs so deeply in Nisha's blood that --- she says
with a laugh --- her ideal dream home would
have a shopping mall right in the centre of it.
Her passion for music runs deep, and this is
something that she got into at a very young
age. Even though she took part in school musi-
cal activities, her actual career musical materi-
alised in her uncle's band (D. Rampersad Indian
Art Orchestra), when she was in Form Four.
Growing up with a father, Jeewanlal Bissamb-
har, (now deceased), who was also a performer
in the band, lit a fire deep within her.
Now one of the main members of Karma and
the only female in the band, it's easy for Nisha
B to stand out and maintain her identity. In fact,
this has always been the case from an early
age. Even though she would get into every
game her brothers played, including raiding
mangoes from her grandfather's tree, Nisha,
was really a reserved child who, nevertheless,
loved to talk.
This personality combination is what amazes
most of her friends and the people around her,
as she takes on an entirely different persona on
stage. "I would not say I have an alter ego at all
on stage --- that is definitely not me --- but I do
get a different feeling. I am there for one thing
only, and it's to please my fans, and even though
it is a lot of work at times, I enjoy myself be-
cause I get to glam up, represent and party on
Being scared of spiders and cockroaches, Nisha
reveals that her biggest fear is seeing one or
the other while on stage. The thought of drop-
ping the mic, screaming and running off the
stage is something she would not want to re-
peat, as this was the case with a roach incident
a few years ago. Speaking of embarrassing mo-
ments, Nisha talked about an incident one Sat-
urday not too long ago at a shopping mall.
Someone approached her to take a picture. She
readily obliged and posed for the photo. Looking
at her all bewildered, the owner of the camera
said, "Ma'am, can you take the picture of my
son and me, please," Nisha shamefacedly ex-
From living in the "limelight", one of the biggest
lessons she has learnt, she says, is humility.
"Being here also has drawbacks since a miscon-
ception of me is that I am unapproachable."
However, it is not all bad for her since she was
able to meet one of her favourite artistes --- one
whom she wishes to have collaborations with
in the future. "I am the biggest fan of Fay-Ann
[Lyons-Alvarez]. She is a down-to-earth artiste
and person, but also a force to be reckoned
with. She can sing anything and her presence .
. .well, it's just that --- a presence. Whenever I
see her, I would blush," Nisha says.
Nisha Bissambhar --- Nisha B --- has released for
this year's Carnival two hits: "Sweet Hand",
which is on the Curry Que Riddim, written by
Dale Ryan and Patrice Millen and produced by
Millbeatz, and "Catch It" on the Flags Up Rid-
dim, written by Daly Ryan and produced by
Sheriff, out of the Black Eye Studio, and she's
to release a third song soon.
Fans can follow Nisha B on Facebook at Nisha
Bissambhar, Twitter via Nishab1 or download
the Ravi B app for music and more. Nisha B is
currently signed by Star Bookings and en-
dorsed by Digicel and Glam Virgin Hair.
By Akiela Hope Photography by Bertrand De Peaza
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