American singer and actress Ashanti recently hosted a New Years Eve party at Fiction nightclub in Kingston Jamaica.
The beauty queen, whose real name is Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas, partied among top Jamaican stars including Shaggy and Sean Paul.
Apparently the R&B diva had a great time on the island and is expected to be back in Jamaica soon.
“I absolutely love Jamaica, I love Jamaican culture I love reggae music, I always say I don’t know what happened to me I was supposed to be born Jamaican and it got messed up, my situation didn’t planned out that way,” she said.
“It’s funny because when people ask me what type of music do you listen to to put you in a good mood when things aren’t going your way, reggae music, so it feels really awesome being hear and celebrating going into the new year,” Ashanti added.
Ashanti opened up about her profession and learning from some very mistakes and blunders that she made during her career.
“I am finding out so much about myself you know so many things have happened in my career where I was able to kind of able to take control and learn from a lot of mistakes that were made, I made some very expensive mistakes. So I think the most important thing is learning and for me to put out my first album on a major record label and then from there owning my own record label 12 years later is an amazing accomplishment especially as a young black female in music as you know the industry is really corrupt its really crazy right now,” said Ashanti.
The singer says now she is more focused on longevity rather than being hot for the moment.
“I think for now when I look at things its more about staying power and longevity. It’s really hard to walk away from something that maybe hot for the minute and you may have a number one record and then nobody will ever hear from you again, I think its really important to focus on putting out quality music,” she added.
Ashanti also opened up about collaborating with Jamaican artist Beenie Man titled ” on her latest album Brave Heart.
“I did a collaboration I did a record with Beenie Man. Its on my album Brave Heart Its called First Real Love,” she said and giggled.
Watch the full interview with Ashanti talking Reggae music, Jamaican Pattie, cultural slang, Buju Banton, Capleton, Super Cat and her future plans including getting her own place in Jamaica.
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