Alicia Saldenha

Alicia Saldenha

 Osaka, Ōsaka, JPN
SoloR&BReggae

Alicia Saldenha, from Trinidad & Tobago, is carving her own niche in Japan with a unique voice and original songs. Her sound is exciting and new - soul-funk with a hint of jazz and a reggae twist. Her voice is distinct - soulful, sensuous and sweet all at the same time.

Biography

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.”

Lyrics

Trust in Me

Written By: Alicia Saldenha

Trust in me
I promise I will never let you down
Trust in me
Even when the road seems hard
Trust in me
I will clear a path and be your guard
Trust in me
And I am always gonna be around

Take my hand
I will lead you to another world
Take my hand
I'll help you make your dreams come true
Take my hand
I don't want to go on without you
Take my hand
And I am always gonna be around

Like angels and heaven
Some don't believe they’re true
But no one can show you
Only your faith can do

Trust in me
I will be like Atlas still and strong
Trust in me
I will give the world to you
Trust in me
Even quakes and storms won't shake me loose
Trust in me
And I am always gonna be around

Trust in me
And I am always gonna be around
Trust in me
And I am always gonna be around
Trust in me
And I am always gonna be around

Freedom

Written By: Alicia Saldenha

(Verse 1)
Want to go to the big city
Where everyone is free
And the streets are paved with gold
But paranoia’s all around
Especially if your skin is brown
Cause the people have been told

(Chorus 1)
Don’t relax
No, no
You’ve got to lock
That door
And get a gun
To protect your freedom
Cause you’re fee
You know
Because we told you so
But get a gun
To protect your freedom

(Verse 2)
Living in the big city
With wealth and technology
The envy of the world
But your leaders make you afraid
Of retribution for the crimes they make
And to maintain their control

(Chorus 2)

(Bridge)
Do to others before they do to you
Even though they have no means or intent to
Invade your people’s privacy
Rob their rights in the name of security

(Verse 3)
Living in the big city
Under lock and key
Your castle a prison
The same guns that keep others out
Also turn on you without a doubt
Now who’s the lucky one

(Chorus 3)

Ooh Boy

Written By: Alicia Saldenha

Ooh Boy
Music & Lyrics by Alicia Saldenha (October 2007)

(Verse 1)
Itsumo anata wa watashi no koto wo
daiji ni shite iru **
Oh boy, I love you so
You make me happy
I think about you everyday
Nan demo tanon de***
Baby Boy, it’s okay

(Chorus)
Ooh boy, aishite iru boy****
Ooh boy, aishite iru boy
Ooh boy, aishite iru boy
Ooh boy, aishite iru boy

(Verse 2)
Tai you no hi ame no hi douchi mo
Anata wa watashi no soba ni iru yo++
You make me happy
Such a sweet melody
Watashi no kokoro wo ageru+++
Take it please.

(Chorus)

(Bridge)
You make me happy
I want to stay with you
I want to make you smile
Forever

******

Translation for Japanese Lyrics

**
You always make me feel important

***
Ask anything of me

****
I love you

++
Sunshine or rain
You are always by my side

+++
I give you my heart

Love Cast A Spell on Me

Written By: Alicia Saldenha


Verse 1

Love messes with your eyesight
Lovers just cannot see
Love makes every wrong seem so right
Love, love, love cast a spell on me

Verse 2

I thought you were the moon and stars
I was in ecstasy
I took a frog for a shinning knight
Love, love, love cast a spell on me

Verse 3

Love shoots you with a burning flame
Love makes you feel no shame
Love stole my reason, yes, love’s to blame
I said love, love, love, cast a spell on me
Cast a spell on me
Cast a spell on me

Doctor

Written By: Alicia Saldenha

(Verse 1)
Can’t feel my heart
I think it might be broken
Can’t feel my soul
I think it might be frozen

(Bridge 1)
Doctor can you help me figure out
Why I’m filled with all this doubt
I can’t even trust myself
Will this nightmare ever end

(Chorus)
Help me to love again
(Refrain) Help me to love again
Help me to love again
(Refrain) Help me to love again

(Verse 2)
Can’t find my way
I think it might be barricaded
Can’t find my peace of mind
I think it might be agitated

(Bridge 2)
Doctor can you help me understand
How I could trust such a wicked man
Now I don’t know where to turn
Don’t want to watch my bridges burn

(Chorus)

(Bridge 3)
Cause I remember summer days
When my true love was here
Dancing in the evening breeze
With his kisses in my hair
(Bridge 3 Repeat)

(Bridge 1)
(Bridge 2)
(Chorus)

Can You See Me? (Hands in the Air) - by Lady A aka Alicia Saldenha

Written By: Alicia Saldenha

Can you see me standing here
Standing here with my hands in the air
Don't shoot
I'm standing here with my hands in the air
And my life in your hands

Can you see me standing here
Standing here with my hands in the air
Don't shoot
I'm standing here with my hands in the air
And my life in your hands

Can you see me?
Can you see me?
Hey!
Can you see me?

Hands in the air
But not from fear and
Not surrender no my dear

Can you see the strength in me
Can you see the strength in we
These are fists of solidarity
As we March for our humanity
For our humanity
For our humanity

Men in blue
Men in white too
Hunting down my people in a cycle so cruel
The more things change the more it's just the same
NYPD
KKK
Tell me how you're not the same

Yes my people come together
Every race every creed
With our hands in the air in solidarity
Come on

Yes my people come together
Every race every creed
With our hands in the air
That's strength indeed
Come on

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)