Lila Ike making presence felt

By Sade Gardner
Observer writer

Friday, August 10, 2018

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THIS summer has been a busy one for singer, Lila Ike.

The Manchester native recently performed on the Uppsala Reggae Festival in Sweden and Reggae Geel Festival in Belgium. And she is counting her blessings.

“I feel very blessed and it's humbling me more and more,” she told the Jamaica Observer's weekly Splash. “Two or three years ago before I came to Kingston, I couldn't imagine this happening so quickly. Yeah, I can sing, and I'm expressing my truth but for this to happen especially on a major scale so quick.”

Lila Ike (given name Alecia Grey) made her debut last April with the single Biggest Fan. Since then she has released Gotti Gotti and her latest Second Chance. The latter has an accompanying video which is doing the rounds.

“It's easy to get caught up in the hype, and I don't want to. I try to be grounded and mi just a gwaan enjoy it. I know a lot of creative people right now where you hear dem and wonder why dem nuh deh a Hollywood. Some of dem don't even get to be on small shows much less major shows so it's really humbling,” she said.

Gotti Gotti weighs in on socio-economic conditions and the impact of greed in society. Second Chance stays true to her dub-flavoured signature and use of heavy basslines, but deals with intimate relationships. Lila Ike shared that she is no stranger to creating love songs.

“I find it hard to sit down and pen a song,” she shared. “When I heard the rhythm and the bassline I was naturally inspired and I didn't stop singing until Second Chance was done. I make a lot of love songs, those are the types of songs I grew up listening to the most.”

The track was produced by Safire Music and reggae revival forerunner Protoje's In.Digg.Nation Collective label, to which she is signed. The video, which showcases a more sultry side of the singer, was directed by Nickii Kane. Lila Ike hopes the production will strike a chord with dancehall lovers.

“I feel like it has the potential to be very impactful, especially in the dancehall. My dream is to have a song weh buss inna dancehall, mi want people hear it and dance and start buss blank. I'm hoping this song will be pretty impactful so mi can get some shows in Europe while I'm there too.”

She credits Protoje, whom she was introduced to two years ago, as an influence in her growth.

“Protoje has opened me up to a different side of the world on an international scale. Maybe I wouldn't kick-off so quickly without his assistance, I'm definitely grateful to him for that. Social media has helped too. I didn't just come on the scene two years ago, I've been creating and enjoying music, so it's the work that has been put in overtime that is paying off now.”

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