Catch an exclusive interview with Kenyan reggae artist HABIDA on the ALL AXE-S radio show this week. Hosted by Heike Demster, ALL AXE-S is a dancehall reggae show on BigUpRadio.com featuring special guests and all of the latest dancehall singles and riddims. Find out all you need to know about the the upcoming reggae artist known as HABIDA. Tune in this Wednesday, October 17th! Showtimes: 3am, 9am, 3pm & 9pm EST.
Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Habida has taken the road less traveled to this point in her budding career. In her hometown, Habida was involved in a small community-acting troupe for a number of years, which further advanced her love for creativity and acting. She also found time to model for the internationally renowned African agency, Kiko Romeo. Thoughts of pursuing her dramatic studies grew, so much so, that in 1998 she made the choice to leave the comforts of her home and study drama abroad, in London, at Lewisham College. Habida’s love for three decades of soul (60-80s) tugged at her spirit. Soon, she found herself trading much needed sleep for extra time writing poetry (which later became the seeds to her self written songs) and taking her singing talent to another level. As one could surmise, she decided to dedicate her time to the written word as well as song compositions, recording a 6-song demo in the spring of 2003. Not one to be complacent, she searched for a way to couple and excel in her two loves, theatre and music.
Now Habida is working on her album, which is due to be released before the end of 2012 that includes collaborations with several African artists, such as Nameless, Hussein Machozi, Nonini, Chidi Benz, and Canibal. Habida is also keen on diversifying her art which is also why she has and hopes to continue working with producers from different genres, an example of this is her collaboration with the US techno producer currently residing in Germany in 2011, Dan Curtin on several releases, some already released and others in the pipeline; Silvastone from the UK where she has recorded and released in June 2012 a hit track which has already topped the Kenyan charts called “Girls Night Out”. Efforts are also underway to work several renowned producers in the UK, Nigeria and South Africa, which will spear head her career into a world-class artist.
About HEIKE DEMSTER:
Heike Demster was born near Munich Germany where she attended primary as well as high school. Heike continued her education with a degree from business school, a college degree obtained in London, UK and a BA in Caribbean Studies and English from London metropolitan University and University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica. Heike currently resides in Kingston, Jamaica.
March 2009 marked the birth of yet another axe-s media chapter — All axe-s. All axe-s is a radio show introducing the latest and best in reggae and dancehall music and with a feature artiste of the week and an in depth interview plus reggae news it gives the listeners a different access to the music. All axe-s started on more 94 fm in Nassau, Bahamas and has emerged as a premier reggae programme. Artistes featured on all axe-s so far were for example Serani, Queen Ifrica, Beenie Man, Charly Black, Busy Signal, Tarrus Riley and Chino.
In January 2010 Heike relocated back to Kingston, Jamaica to be once again in the center of the reggae world and the music industry of Jamaica. She continues to work with various artistes as a publicist arranging international media features, press releases, air play and video play working with thousands of local and international journalists, djs and media houses and herself being featured regularly on TV, the newspapers, websites, magazines and music videos promoting axe-s media as a brand.
In February 2010 all axe-s started to also run on RTC 107 fm, the Turks & Caicos version of the radio show, hosted by Heike.
Keeping busy as an industry insider, journalist, radio personality, tv host Heike plans all axe-s tv to be launched in 2010 as well as some other ideas in the pipeline to be brought to life. Heike is definitely always on the go promoting dancehall and reggae to the world.
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