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Melanie Fiona: “I am so proud of my heritage”

We’re just loving this interview that Guyanese songbird Melanie Fiona did with Barbados’ Nation newspaper this week!

The Ay-yo singer spoke to the paper ahead of her scheduled performance today at the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari and disclosed that she is always happy to perform at shows in the region because it brings her closer to home.

Photo credit: Melaniefiona.com

“All of my family emigrated from Guyana to Canada, but I was born in Toronto. My culture is alive and well in my life in my heart. It has really been the foundation for how I separated myself from the rest when I first started doing music because I wasn’t the black American girl when I came into the US music scene.

“When you listen to my albums or come to my shows you will always hear an element of reggae or calypso or something because I am so proud of my heritage . . . the food,  the culture,  the music,” she said. “I love my identity and it’s a big part of my music.”

Who’s looking forward to her performance this afternoon? We are!

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