KALIKA B is No Ordinary Dancehall Artiste

Stacy Baldeen also known as Kalika B, is a Singer/Songwriter/Actress born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. Kalika B developed a passion for writing while in high school. She states that writing has always been therapeutic for her. She later went to university where she studied the Arts and Visual Communications. Kalika B competed for the Uncovered TT Live Series 2018 and emerged as one of the Top Finalists. She currently works hand-in-hand with her Manager/Producer Patrick Friel, the CEO of Bligh Sound Productions in Toronto. Her versatility is limitless ranging from RnB, Hip Hop, Reggae, Soca, Dancehall to Bollywood styles.

Her latest single ‘Voodoo (Chatty Bwoi Dem)’ is not your typical Dancehall track. It was written and recorded in Toronto at Bligh Sound Productions which is where most of her work is done. While the melody may be fun and upbeat, there is a very strong message embedded in the track. In the song, Kalika B talks about some heavy issues like Mental/Domestic Abuse. She urges women to take themselves out of situations where their worth is not recognised or valued with the very first line of the tune as follows “Dash Whey Dem Waste Man Dem”. She lightened the tone of the message by incorporating some West Indian culture and humour by adding the element of Voodoo/Obeah/black magic and a fictional ‘Obeah Man’ in her music video. 

The singer states that most of her music has been inspired by real life events and she draws inspiration from almost any and everything around her. She says she will continue to be the artiste that talks about the truth and issues that are swept under the rug on the regular. Here is what Kalika B had to say in an interview with the WE Mag team. 

What was the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome as a dancehall artiste in the local music industry and how did you deal with it?

Being a female in a male-dominated industry is a challenge in itself. These men will eat you alive if you do not stand your ground. Lol. Dancehall itself, is a sexualized culture so there’s definitely pressure to look and dress a certain way. I always try my best to stay true to who I am as an individual and never lose focus of my goal.

Who are you inspired by? Tell us a bit about your creative process.

A lot of my inspiration comes from musical legends like Bob Marley, Beyoncé, Russ, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Jhene Aiko, Drake and The Weekend, just to name a few. There is absolutely no set format to my creative process. Sometimes I’d wake up at 3am with a melody or lyrics in my head and I’d jot them down. Sometimes I get ideas while driving alone in my car. Sometimes I sit in the studio and write on a beat. Sometimes we build a beat around the melody I come up with. Sometimes I just write about what’s happening around me and I build from that. It all depends on when the vibe hits

Tell us something about you that people may not know?

People often think that Kalika B and Stacy are the same person. They are certainly not. I am very different outside of the music. I am a loner, quite reserved and enjoy being low key. Privacy is a luxury. I am highly intuitive and big on energy so alone time is extremely important for me to recharge. 

What are you most grateful for?

I am grateful for my immediate family (even though they drive me up a wall sometimes, lol), and my three best friends who have been the only constant in my life for at least 20 years. They are the only ones I can trust and I would not change them for the world.

What is something you know for sure that you wish the rest of us knew?

I know that there’s much more to this world than just the physical and I wish more people were tuned in to that frequency.