Nailah Blackman has been stamping her name on the soca scene here at home, and pretty soon, she’ll stamping it in major U.S. markets.
The ‘Badishh’ songstress is set to take the main stage at SXSW on March 17, performing on “Sounds From Africa & The Caribbean” stage.
If that wasn’t enough of a big deal, Blackman is the only Caribbean artiste, performing alongside some of the biggest AfroBeats artistes and DJs. Hosted by Eddie Kadi, she’ll be joined by Patoranking, Kojo Funds, AKA, Adekunle Gold, Not3S, Lax, The Compozers, Shaker.
If that weren’t enough, she has been selected as one of NPR’s Austin 100, the organisation’s playlist, selected from thousands of bands playing at this year’s festival, which runs from March 9 – 18. According to NPR, “these 100 songs highlight the best SXSW 2018 has to offer — songs from around the world, across a broad spectrum of genres, sounds, and styles.”
Nailah’s SXSW appearance has been sponsored by the folks at Soca on The Seas, something that its CEO, Juliana Fermin, is more than happy to do.
Stating that Soca on the Seas is a brand that continues to grow and provide opportunities for Caribbean artistes, Juliana said,
“Her inclusion on this platform is big news since South by Southwest has been in existence since 1987 and has showcased annually, numerous talented artistes in various categories of music, interactive media and film and of course, there’s always someone in the big leagues, looking on.”
Blackman’s hits include, “O Lawd Oye”, “Sokah”, “Baila Mami”, “Badishh” featuring Shenseea, and “Dame Lorraine.”
We’re thrilled for Nailah, and can’t wait to see her on the international stage!