By Yemisi Suleiman
Nigerian female musical artistes are definitely making their mark in the entertainment industry alongside their male counterpart; with the likes of Maheeda, whose music is not just a breath of fresh air, but very inspiring and in a class of its own. With her singles currently enjoying massive air play nationwide on top Radio and TV stations, Sam Caroline aka Maheeda who discovered she is talented in music at the age of six, while professionally she entered into the music scene six years ago.
So far, she has worked with great producers like Sossick, Kas, kuk Beat and ID-Capasa among others. And She has 3 videos to her credit titled “Dutty wine, Cant wait, My music” and got nominated for the NMVA 2010 in 2 categories Best Raggie Dance Hall and Best directing
Esther Onyegbula, Maheeda reveals her personality, challenges as a music person, style and dress sense.
How would you describe your kind of music?
My kind of music is R&B Hip Hop and a bit of Reggae music.
What inspires the lyrics and lines of your music?
Life in general, things I see around me, relationships, societal norms and expectations.
How many musical videos do you have at the moment?
I have three videos now, titled “Dutty wine, Cant wait, my music” and I got nominated for the NMVA 2010 in 2 categories of best Raggie Dance Hall and Best directing.
You are signed under which music record label?
I met with SOSSICK award winning producer and CEO of Classic Tunez last year and he signed me as his first major artiste to propel his record label.
When should we be expecting your album?
By the grace of God, I am planning to drop my album mid this year with a surprise package for my fans and music lovers.
When you said you have street education, what did you implied by that?
What I implied by street education is that I know it feels to be a housemaid basically, because I have been there before, I know what it feels like to be a bar attendant, because I have been there before and so I can relate to young persons who are going through such life experiences. And also I can relate to any class of person, the high and mighty in the society because right now I am ok, I am fine and I am doing well.
If you wanted to inspire someone with the story of where you are coming from and where you are now, what would you say?
It is a grace to grace story, yesterday I was nobody but today I am somebody, better said, being an orphan that has nobody basically but now is somebody, a lot of people can relate to that. I always encourage people that they can achieve whatsoever they set their mind to do irrespective of your present condition; and turn a bad situation into a good one. I just hope they can see me as a role model.
You have written a total of forty songs since you started a career in music professionally how would you describe these songs?
I mix them, it is a blend of different music, I have love songs, I have inspirational songs, I have songs like Onyeka Owuelu kind of music, it is really talking about my life what has happened to me, giving praise to God, there is also the dirty part of it which is titled dotty wine, I also have a song on Nigeria for my country, it is a little way of contributing to my country.
As a young person trying to break into the music scene what would you say is the greatest challenge you have faced?
Being a female in a male dominated field, professionalism is difficult, sometimes when discussing business with opposite sex, I feel like covering up my face basically because instead of looking at my face and thinking business and what they can do to your career, they are looking at my boobs and thinking about what they can do to my body. So professionalism was one of the big problems I faced.
What are you bring to the table to enable you compete favourable with your music contemporaries?
My message, my charisma, my passion and drive for music.
How would you describe your fashion sense?
I love looking different, I love doing my own thing, trying different things, like now I am just jazzing up my out fit with this scarf on my neck, and it looks good.
What is your style?
My style is chic and classy.
Are you a bag, shoe or clothe person?
I am definitely a shoe person, shoes are my favourite.
Are you a designer freak or a mix and match person?
I wear anything that fits, whether it a designer or not; once it fits me I go for it.