Soca Spotlight: Nikita Browne
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.”