Rebellious Rasta Picknii

By Aaliyah Cunningham
Observer writer

Friday, May 24, 2019

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Davianah is set to release her debut EP Rasta Picknii in June. On it, she says she shares her personal story with listeners.

“I would describe it with the title, Rasta Piknii. This is the side of me that people are refusing to accept because I don't look or act like your favourite culture artiste,” Davianah said in an interview with Jamaica Observer's Splash.

The 24-year-old singer is no stranger to headlines or the music business. In January, she created waves by rebelling against her father, veteran reggae singjay Tony Rebel and stepmother, singjay Queen Ifrica.

This followed her performance on Rebel's Rebel Salute show in January. She appeared on stage clad in a nude-coloured pantyhose and mint-green wig that caused friction between them. Davianah took to Instagram to highlight what she called her father's hypocrisy.

Their relationship has not improved.

“He's telling people he won't be on shows if I am on it, him and Queen Ifrica. He also told all my siblings to pick a side between me and him. The two major shows I was suppose to be doing this summer have both been cancelled because both my father and Queen Ifrica has told the promoters that they either book them or me and if you had to pick between us, as talented as I am, who would you pick?” she asked.

Davianah (given name Davahu Barrett) was reluctant to reveal the shows.

Although things with her father are rocky, he contributed to the production of Rasta Picknii.

“The lead song is a song he wrote for me and I will always acknowledge him musically because he always helped me with my music. He gave me ideas, he helped express my ideas in a better way. He helped me to see where my weaknesses were in music and worked it,” she admitted.

Rasta Picknii, which features songs such as Break My Heart, Stir It Up and Move, has collaborations with other artistes and will be self-distributed.

“I distribute my songs myself. The US$250 or more that any distributing company would charge me, I pay that money to TuneCore and they put my songs on all major platforms. I've been working with a lot of great up-and-coming producers and the things we have created are just phenomenal,” Davianah said.


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