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Interview with Jamaican singer Makeida ‘Keida’ Beckford

Written by Denise Lee

This week we interview beautiful and artistic Jamaican singer Kedia. Born Makeida Beckford, she took the music industry by storm with her popular single, “Jamaican Boys”. The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing student graduate at the followed up that single with two other songs: Cyaan Get Enough and Hot it Up. She is a very expressive artist and a trendsetter in her own right. Keida was one of the first female surfers in Jamaica. She is one to watch in 2011.

Tell us about your background in singing and how did you get started?
A: I was introduced to do music as a career by Craig “Leftside” Parks

Tell how about your song my Jamaican boy?
A: well it was my first recording. Did you write the song? Leftside and I wrote the song. What was your inspiration to write the song? The concept belonged to Leftside.

Who were the kids in the video for my Jamaicans boy?
I don’t know them personally they were hired by the producer.

What is the best compliment you have gotten about the “Jamaican Boy” song?
Well I’ve received many great complements about the song, but none that I can quote now.

You have a few singles out there. When can we expect your album to be released?
Well I’ve decided to do a mixed tape before my album so that’s what I’m working on now.

How would you describe your sound?
Eclectic.

Can you tell us a few of the songs by Jamaican artists that you have penned?

I’ve never written for other artists.

You were one of Jamaica’s first female surfers. How did you get started surfing?
I grew up in a community where many of the kids surfed.

Do you still surf?
No actually, its unfortunate but surfing takes a lot of dedication and so does music. I still do. It once in a while when I have the time.

Have you being doing anything else in the visual and entertainment arts field?
What projects are you working on right now?

If you were stuck on a desert island and given the choice of 2 albums to put on your ipod which artist would it be?
Bob Marley and Pink.

My favorite guilty pleasure is…
Coffee Ice cream from Devon House or Red Velvet cake from Pastry Passions.

Growing up my hero was…
My Mum.

A movie I never get tired of watching is…
Juno.

Thanks for your time. Do you any closing thoughts
Your welcome, the pleasure was mine. Please follow me at http://www.twitter.com/keidamusic or visit my other sites
http://www.facebook.com/keidamusic
http://www.myspace.com/keidamusic
http://www.youtube.com/keidamusic

Thanks again. 

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Denise Lee