Female Caribbean artistes with extraordinary talent can be as hard as finding hidden gems, however we pride ourselves on finding these special taste makers. Our newest gem is Ari Lopez from Orange Hill records; Cuban born and Jamaican bred. She’s one to watch this year, as the young starlet has been working hard to become a household name in the music industry.
We caught up with the rising star after her first major performance at this year’s Rebel Salute festival. Where she gave an electrifying performance alongside top producer and recording singer- The Wizard, and upcoming artiste Timmy James. They performed a fusion of EDM, hip hop and pop, infused with the soul and feel of Jamaica. Prior to her performance at Rebel Salute, she released her first EP earlier in 2015 called She Believed. After recently listening to the EP, Far From and Baby Luv are two songs that top the list.
Her vocal sound is reminiscent of the American singer Tinashe. The whole vibe of the EP flowed at a nice pace and we love her cleverness in naming the EP (as seen in the way the cover highlights particular letters). Indie stations in Canada, the UK and the U.S. have been playing one of her more popular songs from the EP, titled She is. This is the song that has major potential to crossover into the mainstream market(s).
Ari Lopez considers her music to be a fusion, a blend, because she’s a Cuban/Jamaican and this has exposed her to many different genres of music. Lopez confesses it’s hard for her to stick to one genre, but she definitely believes the roots of her sound are pop, hip-hop, and R&B; fused with a Caribbean twist. This description perfectly describes the sound of her latest EP. Her personal style is described as “tomboy chic,” as she sticks to mostly athletic attire when heading to the studio and running about town. However, on stage she transforms to become the sexy girl, and is never afraid get dolled up. Seems like she has a little Sasha Fierce in her!
Check out Lopez’s single She Is and let us know what you think:
Photos by Wade Rhoden photography.