Soca Spot­light: Nikita Browne

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Te­quila, Carry Fes­ti­val and Go­ing The Dis­tance are but a hand­ful of the hits which Bar­ba­dos’ ‘Or­ange-haired Song­bird’, Nikita, now has in her rapidly grow­ing reper­toire. Though she has been singing all her life, it was only four years ago that she made her pres­ence felt in the lo­cal soca arena.

In that short time, the pop­u­lar ra­dio per­son­al­ity has cre­ated sev­eral last­ing mo­ments. “There are so many mem­o­rable mo­ments this fes­ti­val could bring. Def­i­nitely, plac­ing sec­ond last year at Soca Royale was amaz­ing val­i­da­tion and re­spect that as en­ter­tain­ers we look for through com­pe­ti­tion, and it has def­i­nitely made me more con­fi­dent in that area,” she said.

Nikita has also formed a great work­ing re­la­tion­ship with soca su­per­star Machel Mon­tano, and has shared the stage with the Trinida­dian pow­er­house a few times.

But what is the key to Nikita’s en­er­getic per­for­mances and sig­na­ture vo­cals? First, Nikita shared that strate­gic plan­ning is im­por­tant, some­times even a year in ad­vance. “Some­times you pick up dif­fer­ent vibes and con­cepts from

in par­ties and dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ences that you can take for­ward into the next sea­son.”

Next, plenty of rest and re­hearsals are Nikita’s se­cret weapons. “Get as much rest as pos­si­ble, stay hy­drated, not too much talk­ing,” she re­vealed. “I usu­ally do my own re­hearsals at home. Ev­ery­thing be­comes a mic – it could be a re­mote or hair­brush.”

For Nikita, her time spent on stage is eu­phoric. “There are ab­so­lutely no words to truly de­scribe the gen­uine emo­tion I feel on stage per­form­ing… I love when I see peo­ple in the crowd just hands in the air, grab­bing their chest and singing from the soul,” she shared. “When I know I made a gen­uine con­nec­tion with the crowd, even if it is just one per­son, at least I know they felt ev­ery­thing I was giv­ing in the per­for­mance.”

Af­ter wow­ing crowds with her elec­tri­fy­ing per­for­mances, Nikita shared that she is just like the rest of us – she just wants to party. “Def­i­nitely af­ter I per­form, guar­an­teed, I am in the crowd par­ty­ing with ev­ery­body else.”

As Nikita’s fame and pop­u­lar­ity con­tinue to climb lo­cally and re­gion­ally, she noted that this comes with its share of chal­lenges. “My big­gest chal­lenge dur­ing Crop Over is pleas­ing ev­ery­body! It is some­thing that can never be ac­com­plished but still sought af­ter. But, I find that stay­ing true to my­self… and just be­ing me, has been the big­gest tri­umph this sea­son.”

Un­doubt­edly, Nikita’s soca star­dom is grow­ing and de­vel­op­ing. Re­flect­ing on her mu­si­cal jour­ney thus far, the singer noted, “I think I can trust my­self more, trust my brand. Peo­ple be­lieve in it more and they un­der­stand who Nikita is as a per­son and as an artiste.”

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