Dancehall Soul is the newest sub-genre budding out of Jamaica. A merge of authentic Dancehall and R&B, its crossover appeal has inspired many young artists to pen beautiful melodies over bass-driven, uptempo beats; from it has emerged a cult following and some impressive undiscovered talent. Neeqah is a pioneer in this new-age genre who passionately champions her sound, transcending the soundscape of conventional Dancehall music.
Neeqah is the daughter of famous Jamaican Comedian, “My father was a famous comedian in Jamaica who could sing very well. He could sing in various voices, almost identical to every well known Dancehall and Reggae artiste on the island, he inspired my love for music”, she enthuses. Music was a staple part of home life and so naturally her love for music grew as she did.
In 2015 Neeqah’s career in music officially began. She recorded her first single, ‘Mr Lowkey’ at Quantanium Records in Spanish Town. The song soon gathered local traction and to date independently has grossed over 110k plays. The following year she recorded, ‘Good Friend’, which hit the island’s radar and became a local anthem; ensuring her popularity across the Caribbean and throughout pockets of the greater Jamaican diaspora. In 2018 she released her debut eight track album, ‘Aura’, a compilation of works which penetrated the popular cultural trends of societal issues within Jamaica, focused mainly around intimacy. Her aim was to make every song relatable regardless of shock value or raw commentary, “Music has the capacity to feed the soul by setting the mood depending on the feeling or emotions a particular song emanate, and for this reason I cannot help but to make music,” a universal body of work, produced by Quantanium Records. “Bad Habits” the title track has amassed over 150k views.
The fall of 2018, saw Neeqah open-up for Tanya Stephens at the “all-female lineup” show, ‘Dovey Magnum and Friends’ in Kingston, Jamaica. This monumental break in her career garnered interest from media pundits across the island and set the pace for her latest release, Ms. Melanin. The remix for this empowering black, female anthem dropped in 2019 and featured chart-topping Dancehall artiste Charly Black. The video has since created international appeal, with the song premiered on Ras Kwame’s ‘The Reggae Recipe’ show on Capital Xtra in the UK, Winford Williams’ Onstage TV on CVM in Jamaica and reviews from some of the more formidable online music analysts in the world of Dancehall.
Independently owning her niche and steadily carving a fruitful career, Neeqah is fully focused on building her craft, “My journey is not smooth sailing but I still give thanks for the experience and knowledge I have gained over the past few years as an artiste. I have preserved despite shortcomings because of the love of the people around me and those who genuinely support and motivate me periodically”. It is this insightfulness that continues to spur on this incredible artiste, determined to achieve beyond mediocrity, the epitome of a true success story; an island girl realising her dream and manifesting it into international recognition.