With eight years of rocking the airwaves in Belize, entertainment veteran Linda Blease aka Miss Blease, took Woodford Café by storm last Thursday. This radio disc jockey and media personality showed her juggling skills alongside some of Trinidad’s hottest female deejays at the event A Woman’s Touch. The concept of the event put on by First Lady Entertainment, a female group from South Trinidad, was to feature females in entertainment. Although Miss Blease played at Unplugged Tuesdays a few days prior, last Thursday’s event was her first time alongside only female deejays and she was thrilled to be a part of it. “I always wanted to come to Trinidad and the opportunity came for me to play at Woodford Café and I couldn’t say no. I wanted to see your culture and I also wanted to party with you. And I’ve never been to an event before with only female deejays. I’m happy that you all have female deejays that are tough.” Back in Belize, Miss Blease is one of just three female deejays on the island and a powerful Belizean media influence as well. Just 25-years-old, she now hosts two popular radio shows and produces her own television show called Spotlight MVS. Her career started eight years ago. Her talent sprung from her love of music. “I liked it enough to put in effort and learn how to get it right,” she said. In fact, she’s been playing music since the age of seven, and was part of a band that played all genres from dancehall to soca.
Apart from being established in Belize or as she puts it, “playing all over Belize”, Miss Blease has played in Miami, New York and Los Angeles, as well as all over Central America and the Caribbean. Before her stop in Trinidad, this turntable specialist rocked the greatest reggae show on earth, as the only Queen among five of the reggae industry’s top deejays. This opportunity to play at Reggae SumFest 2012’s Beach Party was one of her biggest experiences as an entertainer, rating it both nerve wrecking and amazing. Petite as she looks, Miss Blease can juggle any genre from hip-hop to r&b, dancehall and soca with a twist of Belize’s local music – the punta. Similar to soca, punta ranges in tempo from slow to fast, which Miss Blease mixes with our soca. “We have a song called Sit Down and Bounce, that mixes clean with songs like Palance,” she said, “only difference being we have more drumming.” After showing her skills at the turntable and delivering music in about 17 events in Jamaica, plus her headliner at Woodford Café last week, Miss Blease stopped off in the island of reggae to mash up another event and then moved on to ‘gwan bad’ and rule other clubs, parties and events back in her homeland. En route she is also in the process of writing a proposal to start a summer school in Belize. She hopes to be able to offer courses in basic film and deejaying to those interested in entertainment in her homeland, so they can have a foundation to build on. She shoots off to the United States soon to do a feature in New York, and will then go on tour with an established artiste whose identity she did not reveal. With the latter still in the works though, Miss Blease could give no hint as to who that artiste is. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see what this hot deejay in heels will bring to the turntables next. We can look forward to seeing more of Miss Blease again, as she expressed her desire to experience our Carnival. “I love the culture, I love the country, hell yes I want to see Carnival.” You can follow Miss Blease on twitter.com/missblease and facebook.com/lindablease. Or check www.lindablease.com