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Alicia Saldenha

Alicia Saldenha, born in the Caribbean Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, has been taking Japan by storm with her unique brand of funky soul island sugar. Her unique style defies attempts to define and categorize her. One would have to imagine the vocal sweetness of Roberta Flack, Minnie Riperton and Linda Lewis, mixed with the raw funk and stage energy of Chaka Khan and Rufas.

Resident in Japan, an environment notoriously difficult for "foreign artists" unsigned to major labels, Saldenha has been breaking down barriers between races, cultures and languages and is performing with top Japanese and international artists. Leading her own band, she performs her original music throughout Japan. The shows are dynamic and full of energy, often featuring visiting international artists.

Her debut solo album, Dance with the Sun, showcases her talent as a vocalist and composer, as well as her determination. Without the resources of a record company or sponsor, with only a shoestring budget cobbled together from her savings, Saldenha ventured alone to New York City to record her album with some of the finest musicians and highly respected producer, Andrew Felluss of Radian Records. Grammy Award nominated pianist and composer, Barney McAll (of Groove Collective, Fred Wesley and the JB's), noted drummer, Mark Kelley (bassist for Meshell Ndegeocello) and Kaleta, percussionist for Fela Kuti, are among the stellar musicians on the album.

Alicia Saldenha is also the featured vocalist on the indigo jam unit album, Rose, released on September 2, 2011. A successful release tour included solo-out performances at Billboard Live Osaka and JZ Brat, Tokyo. Before this she also performed with the legendary Paul Jackson of Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters.

Saldenha's resumé includes a long list of experiences - as actress, dancer, scholar and university lecturer. Many creative plans are in the works, including a world tour, so stay tuned…

In 2016 Saldenha launched the Lady A Project, which sees her spreading her wings as a producer as well.

Her unique approach to writing and producing these tracks, drawing on the Caribbean palette of Trinidadian soca and Jamaican dancehall, the light traces of ambient soundscapes, the swag and fire of hip hop, coupled with her powerful and beautiful vocals make her one of a kind and “the one to watch” on the independent music scene.