Vocalist Nadine Sutherland is as yet radiating, having gladly ventured over the phase of The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona grounds with a graduate degree in social concentrates last Friday.
At the point when the Jamaica Observer made up for lost time with her yesterday, she said since word got out that she had finished the postgraduate program, the support has been overpowering.
“I have for the longest time been itching to backtrack to class. I spent my 20s out and about as an artiste and was dependably to some degree desirous of my companions who could discuss their school days. Amid the 1990s, I was in London recording and I connected and was acknowledged to study law, however then came the hit tune Action and, as it’s been said, the rest is history. In any case, the journey for college level instruction never left me,” she said.
In 2012, Sutherland was no longer part of the board for the ability indicate Digicel Rising Stars and the craving for tertiary-level training rose once more. She knew about the ace’s in social studies program and gave it a shot.
“Since I didn’t have a first degree (she holds a certificate in business organization from Excelsior Community College) I needed to do some college classes, and being conceded into the ace’s program was dependent upon how well I did at this course of study. For me, disappointment was impossible,” she said. “I was eager to at long last be at UWI, yet scared in the meantime. Be that as it may, I understood I had my background and would utilize this further bolstering my good fortune.”
The examination paper was the most troublesome of her courses. She settled on: ‘Vocal Styles In Jamaica: A Study of Hegemonic Disillusion Displayed In Pop Music Culture And The Role Society Played In Informing Them.’
“Indeed, even my chief was somewhat puzzled when I thought of this subject. Be that as it may, it is virgin region; nobody has taken a gander at the base of our vocal styles in Jamaica. I needed to research ranges, for example, political history, ethno-musicology, social speculations, Jamaican history and in addition listen to a considerable measure of music — from mento to dancehall — which I altogether appreciated.”
Her ‘moment of realization’ came when she found the connection between Jamaican music and American Rhythm and Blues (R&B).
“There is a chronicled direction which interfaces our sound to that of R&B artistes. We as a whole know how much a staple R&B was and still is to us as Jamaicans. We have truly experienced childhood with it. It was viewed as being modern, yet considerably more piercing is the way that we could see ourselves in a number of these artistes who were of African-American drop, so that permitted us to identify with it much more. In this I discovered why I sing the way I do,” she clarified. “When you analyze the work of The Wailers, those early melodies Like I’m Still Waiting, and Gypsy Woman by The Impressions, the similitudes are uncanny.”
Presently in her late 40s, Sutherland is a previous youngster star. She won the Tastee Talent Competition and had a series of hits, including:
Starvation On The Land, Action, Anything For You, Until, Please Me, Pair of Wings, and Babyface.
Source: Jamaica Observer