Fans still in love with ‘sec­u­lar’ Sasha

The Star (Jamaica) - - ENTERTAINMENT THE WEEKEND STAR - STEPHANIE LYEW STAR Writer

At the height of her dance­hall mu­sic ca­reer, Sasha de­cided to an­swer God’s call­ing. The singer, known for the col­lab­o­ra­tions with Sean Paul and Tur­bu­lence on ‘I’m Still In Love With You’ and ‘We Got The Love’, re­spec­tively, de­cided to start Sis­ter Sasha Min­istries. And although it has been a decade since her con­ver­sa­tion, Sasha says fans still ex­pect her to per­form the dance­hall sin­gles that first in­tro­duced them to her.

How does she han­dle this? Well, Sista Sasha told THE WEEK­END STAR, “I just have to ex­press my­self and let them know I am on a dif­fer­ent mis­sion, some­thing that is more en­twined to the soul.”

She con­tin­ued: “Nine out of 10 times I find my­self hav­ing to do that, be­cause per­sons do not think any­thing is wrong with me per­form­ing sec­u­lar songs as a Chris­tian and gospel record­ing artiste.”

Sasha said that she trav­elled to Dubai last year to per­form gospel mu­sic and had to face the same ex­pec­ta­tions of mu­sic lovers there, with peo­ple shout­ing “we want to hear I’m Still In Love and Dat Sexy Body”. The gospel singer, who turns 44 on Novem­ber 25, is the sin­gle mother of three chil­dren who are mu­si­cally in­clined – but in­ter­ested more in tak­ing on the sec­u­lar scene.

“I would pre­fer them to do gospel, but hav­ing been ex­posed to reg­gae and dance­hall mu­sic, they are in in­clined to do­ing some of their own,” Sista Sasha said.

The gospel singer said she is con­sid­er­ing sam­pling or recre­at­ing some of her dance­hall tunes into gospel songs, but will be care­ful not to cre­ate any­thing too con­tro­ver­sial.

“I am ac­tu­ally try­ing to get artistes from the sec­u­lar world to help me with my next project,” said Sasha, who recorded Real Talk with Chuck Fenda two years ago.

“A lot of Ja­maica’s en­ter­tain­ers grow up in the church, and there are a lot of them that I think want to do good,” she added.

She has en­joyed suc­cess from her song Je­sus A Di Don, fea­tured on her de­but al­bum, Break Free, and is cur­rently work­ing to re­lease an­other by next year. Last month, she re­leased a sin­gle that has a bit of a dance­hall flavour called Mighty, along with the mu­sic video which, she said, is also do­ing well on dig­i­tal plat­forms.

It has been an up-and-down jour­ney but she said, “Pa­tience is def­i­nitely a virtue and I’m def­i­nitely see­ing a great turnaround.”

Sasha

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