Twenty-eight-year-old Shaketa Clarke, more commonly known as Lady Essence, is a full-time Bashment Soca artiste. Her 2017 song Fluffy Gal Anthem received 26,250 views since it was released on June 8, 2017. Bajan Vibes spoke with Lady Essence about her 2018 release Ruff Ryda.
Q: Who is Lady Essence?
A: Lady Essence loves the hype and is not a shy person. She also calls a spade a spade, regardless of what people think.
Q: If you had to describe yourself in three words what would they be?
A: I would say that I am bubbly, confident and very humble.
Q: What is one thing the public would not know about Lady Essence?
A: One thing they may not know is that I have a fear of centipedes . . . just to call that word gives me chills.
Q: How did you become involved in music?
A: I became interested in music when I was going to Springer Memorial School. It was around sports time when the friendly rivalries against other schools were going on for the Interschool Championships. Springer was always the school targeted because all we did was win every year. So I guess the other schools were fed up and would sing chants at us. So we would write some chants to sing about the other schools, but it was clean fun. I was recognized one day at school in full assembly when my schoolmate Oliva Carter and I took the stage and did the collection of chants we had. Talk about forward! Teachers cheered us on that morning and we had the hall rocking! It was an experience that I would never forget. But music started for me from secondary school days.
Q: Looking back, how was Crop Over 2017 for you?
A: Crop Over means a lot to me as it boosts the tourism industry and it is a season [where] once you have a hit song or a catchy enough song, you can get some gigs and gigs equals money. I also love how people live with each other around that time; it is a lot of love towards people you don’t even know. Persons just dance and sing with strangers and most of the time people are so happy. I love the music and the soca parties also.
Crop Over 2017 was good for me as [my] song Fluffy Gal Anthem was well received and I did what I wanted to do, which was to make some of the insecure “fluffies” aware to love themselves and always walk with confidence because they are all beautifully made.
Q: Are you excited for Crop Over 2018?
A: Yes, I am very excited for Crop Over 2018. My new soca release Ruff Ryda is a Bashment Soca which was produced by Set of Pelican City Records. The song basically is [saying] if you are going to ride a bike, horse or whatever, just ruff ride and dun. Mek the thing look good man, do not be a lazy rider. I also have another release Give Dem It produced by Uprising Studios by Steppa.
Q: Will you be entering any Soca competitions this year?
A: Yes, I am looking forward to the Bashment Soca competition.