He’s no newcomer to the big stage.
Veekash Sahadeo has made it to the finals of the 2018 Chutney Soca Monarch.
He will battle nine others for the title.
Sahadeo, a songwriter, would perform his song “Obeah”.
He explained, “I like writing songs about topics people can relate to. It makes the song easy for them to like. This song, Obeah, was actually just a fun topic that came to my mind and I started to write about it.”
The song tells a story of a woman who uses sorcery to marry her daughter.
“This woman really want me to marry she daughter, so she gone and she start to wuk ah obeah,” he sings.
The song was well received by the audience at the Chutney Soca Monarch semi-finals at LIV Nightclub in San Fernando on Saturday night. He performed the song alongside Ravi Babooram.
Sahadeo who is also a radio announcer said the song was produced by Maha Production. It has become one of the most played chutney songs on local airwaves.
“The response is better than I expected. It is also featured on several radio stations top 10 countdown,” he said.
Sahadeo said he was looking forward to performing at the Chutney Soca Monarch finals on January 27. It would be his fifth chance at the prize.
“This year I feel very positive about my music. It has be doing very well and I expect that 2018 will be a great year for my music. I’ve already gotten calls from promoters abroad for bookings, so it’s a good sign,” he said.
Sahadeo said he was not intimidated by going head on with some of the biggest names in the chutney soca industry. “It just means I have to work extra hard when I go up against these more experienced artistes. I am always very excited,” he said.
The singer/songwriter has penned four chutney songs this year – Obeah, My Boss, Contract and Mr Rave. Contract and Mr Rave, he said, was performed by Sally Sagram.
Sahadeo said he has been having a bumper Carnival season performing at fetes across the country.
Sahadeo’s musical career began back in 2009 when he entered the SynergyTV Chutney Star competition.
“My first song was entitled “Hot like ah chulha” written by myself. After being a finalist in the competition it had no turning back for me in my musical journey, it was a huge stepping stone for me. The love and support I got gave me the encouragement to move forward in the industry, I continued to record music over the past years,” he said.