Alicia Saldenha
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Alicia Saldenha

Osaka, Ōsaka, Japan | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Osaka, Ōsaka, Japan | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
Solo R&B Reggae

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"The challenge with a covers album is getting it right. A simple carbon copy or a pale imitation will make people wonder why the effort was made in the first place and the project will soon be forgotten. But if an artist can reinvent a track or clearly stamp their own mark on it, giving the song a new lease of life, then it can be a very rewarding experience.

From the first listening, it's quite clear that indigo jam unit and Alicia Saldenha have got it just right. The opening track is an absolutely massive version of Funkier Than A Mosquito's Tweeter that brings the Nina Simone classic right up to date. It's a track that is just perfect for indigo jam unit with it's throbbing bassline and heavy percussion and the performance here is simply jaw-dropping."

"From this powerful opening we then embark on a spiritual journey for an interpretation of Doug Carn's Power and Glory which sees keyboard player Yoshichika Tarue joining the action for the first time on the album with some luscious electric piano, which together with Saldenha's powerful delivery make this track stand out as one of the real high points on the album."

"The version of Vince Andrews The One Who Needs You quite possibly surpasses everything that has gone before it and has to rank as one of the tunes of the year so far. It's just perfect for Alicia's voice and has a really uplifting feel to it as well as being perfect for the jazz dancefloor."

"... one of those albums that is definitely 'all killer no filler'. - Tokyo Jazz Notes


"Accompanied by talented Trinidadian vocalist Alicia Saldenha, Indigo Jam Unit go the same route they did on re:common (an album of Common remixes), and choose to cover/re-imagine existing songs. Nina Simone's "Funkier Than A Mosquito's Tweeter" is probably the most recognizable cover of the six-track collection, but it was the surprise appearance of Alice Clarke's "Never Did I Stop Loving You" -- a little-known personal favorite -- which convinced me that I had to load this on the iPod immediately. All six songs are expertly crafted, and Alicia shows up and shows out especially on a cover of Vince Andrews' "The One Who Needs You." " - SoulBounce


"Accompanied by talented Trinidadian vocalist Alicia Saldenha, Indigo Jam Unit go the same route they did on re:common (an album of Common remixes), and choose to cover/re-imagine existing songs. Nina Simone's "Funkier Than A Mosquito's Tweeter" is probably the most recognizable cover of the six-track collection, but it was the surprise appearance of Alice Clarke's "Never Did I Stop Loving You" -- a little-known personal favorite -- which convinced me that I had to load this on the iPod immediately. All six songs are expertly crafted, and Alicia shows up and shows out especially on a cover of Vince Andrews' "The One Who Needs You." " - SoulBounce


Japanese lyrics aren’t exactly the first thing one associates with soul-minded reggae-pop, but on Alicia Saldenha’s single “Ooh Boy,” a combination of English and Japanese lyrics works enjoyably well for this Caribbean singer (who was born in Trinidad). “Ooh Boy” finds Saldenha fluctuating between English and Japanese lyrics during both the chorus and the verses, and that blend of a soul melody and Japanese lyrics is one of the things that makes “Ooh Boy” (which Saldenha wrote and co-produced) stand out.

Reggae, of course, owes a huge creative debt to American R&B, and “Ooh Boy” is no exception. If one removed the reggae beat from “Ooh Boy” and altered the arrangement a bit, this 2011 single would be straight-up R&B of the sweet soul variety. “Ooh Boy” has a sweetly romantic quality, and Saldenha favors a sweet vocal style that makes this type of song perfect for her. Sometimes, Saldenha’s vocals are a little too nasal, but when she doesn’t sound nasal, her vocals are quite appealing. One thing that Saldenha is good at is hitting the high notes, and when she does that, she can sound a bit like Deniece Williams (a well known R&B singer who was big in the late 1970s and 1980s and enjoyed some major hits back then).

Upon seeing the title “Ooh Boy,” people who know their 1970s R&B might wonder if perhaps this is a cover of Rose Royce’s 1977 hit. But Saldenha’s “Ooh Boy” is definitely a different song, not a cover. However, the two songs do have one thing in common: an unapologetically sentimental outlook, although Rose Royce’s “Ooh Boy” didn’t have any lyrics in Japanese.

According to Saldenha’s publicity bio, the Trinidad native has performed jazz in addition to reggae and soul, but there is no overt jazz influence on “Ooh Boy.” Rather, this tune is obviously aimed at R&B and reggae audiences, and there is no reason why it shouldn’t appeal to fans of both romantic soul-pop and romantic reggae-pop. Again, R&B has been influencing reggae for many years, and Saldenha’s song underscores the reggae/soul connection.

If this single is any indication, it will be interesting to see what Saldenha comes up with in the future. - Alex Henderson - ReviewYou.com


Japanese lyrics aren’t exactly the first thing one associates with soul-minded reggae-pop, but on Alicia Saldenha’s single “Ooh Boy,” a combination of English and Japanese lyrics works enjoyably well for this Caribbean singer (who was born in Trinidad). “Ooh Boy” finds Saldenha fluctuating between English and Japanese lyrics during both the chorus and the verses, and that blend of a soul melody and Japanese lyrics is one of the things that makes “Ooh Boy” (which Saldenha wrote and co-produced) stand out.

Reggae, of course, owes a huge creative debt to American R&B, and “Ooh Boy” is no exception. If one removed the reggae beat from “Ooh Boy” and altered the arrangement a bit, this 2011 single would be straight-up R&B of the sweet soul variety. “Ooh Boy” has a sweetly romantic quality, and Saldenha favors a sweet vocal style that makes this type of song perfect for her. Sometimes, Saldenha’s vocals are a little too nasal, but when she doesn’t sound nasal, her vocals are quite appealing. One thing that Saldenha is good at is hitting the high notes, and when she does that, she can sound a bit like Deniece Williams (a well known R&B singer who was big in the late 1970s and 1980s and enjoyed some major hits back then).

Upon seeing the title “Ooh Boy,” people who know their 1970s R&B might wonder if perhaps this is a cover of Rose Royce’s 1977 hit. But Saldenha’s “Ooh Boy” is definitely a different song, not a cover. However, the two songs do have one thing in common: an unapologetically sentimental outlook, although Rose Royce’s “Ooh Boy” didn’t have any lyrics in Japanese.

According to Saldenha’s publicity bio, the Trinidad native has performed jazz in addition to reggae and soul, but there is no overt jazz influence on “Ooh Boy.” Rather, this tune is obviously aimed at R&B and reggae audiences, and there is no reason why it shouldn’t appeal to fans of both romantic soul-pop and romantic reggae-pop. Again, R&B has been influencing reggae for many years, and Saldenha’s song underscores the reggae/soul connection.

If this single is any indication, it will be interesting to see what Saldenha comes up with in the future. - Alex Henderson - ReviewYou.com


Global Neffwork Japan: Trini Singer, Alicia Saldenha, Makes ‘Black Lives Matter’ with New Single!
BY NEFFWORKING ON NOVEMBER 23, 2015 MUSIC


@AliciaSaldenha is quickly becoming Osaka’s number one independent female soul vocalist.

“Can You See Me? (Hands in the Air),” the new single by Lady A aka Alicia Saldenha, is an indictment of the racism and police brutality in the United States of America and around the world.

The subtitle, “Hands in the Air,” references the online protest movement born after the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown, an 18 year-old African-American killed while unarmed and with his hands raised.

The song also introduces a new creative project by Trinidadian vocalist, composer, producer and activist, Alicia Saldenha. She is well-known as a jazz, soul and funk singer-songwriter in Japan, with two albums, “Rose” (with indigo jam unit) and “Dance with the Sun” (her solo album) under her belt.

“Can You See Me? (Hands in the Air)” launches the Lady A Project, which features Saldenha’s edgier side, original rap, Caribbean and electronic dance music which she calls TDM or Tropical Electronic Dance Music, and her work as an MC and producer.

The song is available at the singer’s website, LoveAlicia.com, on CD Baby, iTunes, SoundCloud, Facebook and other social media sites. - NEFFWORKING


Discography

Singles:

Ooh Boy - Alicia Saldenha
Ooh Boy (jenifa mayanja lovers remix) - Alicia Saldenha
Blue - DJ Hakuei & Alicia
Don't Make Me Love You - DJ Hakuei & Alicia
Colors (Japan Charity Project) - Mizuho Masuda

Albums:
Dance with the Sun (June 13, 2012)
Rose - indigo jam unit feat. Alicia Saldenha (Basis Records, Sept. 2nd, 2011)

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Alicia Saldenha's unique sound can be described as funky soul with a twist of island sugar cane. A national of the Caribbean Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, she resides in Japan where she is a rising star in the independent soul music scene. In an environment notoriously difficult for "foreign artists" unsigned to major labels, Saldenha (pronounced sal-day-nya) is breaking down barriers between races, cultures and languages and is performing with top Japanese and international artists.

In addition to being a vocalist and composer, Alicia Saldenha's resumé includes a long list of experiences - as actress, dancer, scholar and university lecturer. 

Alicia Saldenha released her debut solo album of her original songs, "Dance with the Sun," which she co-produced and which was recorded live in the studio in New York City, in June 2012. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Saldenha funded and released the album herself under her label, Jem Adar Music. It is produced by Andrew Felluss of Radian Records. The first single, "Ooh Boy," has been released online, along with a music video by feature-film director, Zak Baney.

Alicia Saldenha is also the featured vocalist on the indigo jam unit album, "Rose," released on September 2nd, 2011 by Basis Records. A successful CD release tour of Japan featured sold-out performances at Billboard Live Osaka. The album spent several weeks in the Billboard Japan Top 100 Chart for Independent Albums. Before this she also performed with the legendary Paul Jackson of Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters.

A humanitarian as well, Alicia Saldenha founded Freedom Fest Japan in 2013 in order to pay tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, freedom fighter and human rights activist. The festival comprised a string of events held in Kansai, from art exhibitions to live music concerts, all based on the themes of “Peace,” “Freedom” and “Social Justice.”

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