Yasha Hanoomansingh will make you fall in love with her voice, charm, personality and all of her talent
When we first stumbled across a Instagram Story of Yasha performing at Kaiso Blues Cafe, we couldn’t ask who she was fast enough. If you’ve been lucky enough to see one of her performances, you’ll understand why we immediately reached out to the young singer.
It’s rare to find such unbelievable, raw talent – and Yasha fully embraces it. Sit back and enjoy our interview, because you won’t be forgetting the name Yasha Hanoomansingh, or her little green ukulele, any time soon.
XX: WHO IS YASHA HANOOMANSINGH? GIVE US THE RUNDOWN!
YASHA HANOOMANSINGH: I’m recently 21 years old, and am currently in my second year of pursuing my degree in Communication Studies and Film at UWI, St. Augustine. I love the beach, playing video games, watching anime and sometimes, I write a little fiction in my spare time.
I grew up in Cunupia with two great parents and I have a little sister, Zysha, who’s three years younger than I am. I also have a lot of pet dogs, but that’s a different story altogether. I promise I love them all equally.
XX: YOU’RE LEAVING OUT THE FACT THAT YOU’RE A SINGER! WHEN DID YOU START SINGING?
YH: I always knew that I loved music. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to pursue it.
I’d say I sang for a crowd for the first time at a talent show in primary school – there was no ukulele back then, just me.
XX: AND NOW THERE’S A UKULELE. YOU’RE KNOWN AS THE GIRL WITH THE GREEN UKULELE, WHEN DID THAT COME INTO THE PICTURE?
YH: I learned to play the ukulele almost 3 years ago, when I was just coming out of Unit 1 CAPE Exams.
It’s actually funny, because I never meant for it to get to this point; I wanted to get better at guitar, but was having trouble forming chords, so I decided to start out with something that seemed simpler, which happened to be the ukulele. It was just smaller and seemed less complicated, you know?
But then, my desire to play guitar kind of fell behind after spending some time with my little green uke, and the rest is history.
I didn’t choose the ukulele life – the ukulele life chose me!
XX: DO YOU PLAY ANY OTHER INSTRUMENTS?
YH: I didn’t give up on guitar completely, although I still am a complete amateur. So there’s that.I did piano for a while too, but that was years ago and I’ve been really out of practice.
At some point, though, I do want to learn to play as many instruments as I can. That’s a little goal that I’ve set for myself in the (hopefully) not-so-distant future.
XX: BESIDES YOU AND YOUR UKE, YOU’RE A VOICE ACTOR ON TRINIME. HOW DO YOU THINK THAT’S HELPED YOUR SINGING, AND VICE VERSA?
YH: Voice acting for Trinime is such a fun experience! Kris & Akshay, the main guys, are super talented and funny.
I think voice acting has helped me to gain more control over my voice – partly in terms of my vocal range but moreso conveying emotion without the ability to supplement using facial expressions or any visual cues, really.
The ultimate goal is to have someone close their eyes and listen to my music, and still feel something, despite not being able to see me. Having to play different characters help me work on that.
In general, I’ve always been interested in all forms of art, so even aside from the benefits to my voice, it’s really fun for me to work with Trinime.
XX: YOU STARRED IN DIGICEL RISING STARS IN 2016, TELL US ABOUT THAT EXPERIENCE!
YH: Being on Rising Stars was definitely an unforgettable and irreplaceable experience.
It was the first time I performed on live TV, and having the judges like me and want me back for so long really meant a lot to me.
I also made some great friends when I did the show and learnt so much from incredibly talented professionals, including the legendary Joey Ng Wai. What a guy!
XX: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL STYLE?
YH: Honestly, it’s really hard for me to pinpoint one style to describe my music. I take inspiration from a lot of different genres and artists, and I think it’s reflected in my work.
I do always try to put my own spin on covers though – to me, some songs have to be adjusted for ukulele. Sometimes, they end up sounding like a completely different song but I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing.
XX: DO YOU JUST SING COVERS, OR DO YOU WRITE AND PERFORM ORIGINAL SONGS AS WELL?
YH: I have my own stuff! I like writing my own songs but it’s not like I can decide when I want to write – I’ve tried. Doesn’t work. Ever.
But the songs that I’ve managed to put together are all ones that are really personal to me and I’m really proud of them all.
XX: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PART ABOUT BEING A PERFORMER?
YH: My favourite part about being a performer is being able to make people happy while doing something that I love. That feeling of the whole room singing with you, and vibing with you, it’s just wonderful.
The fact that people actually enjoy listening to me sing and watching me play my little tiny uke is something that I will probably never get over.
XX: WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO BE A SINGER?
YH: To anyone who wants to become a singer, I say go for it. What have you got to lose?
If you really want it, put your best effort into accomplishing it. Practice whenever you can, perform wherever you get the chance, just take action! If it’s really not for you, you’ll figure that out eventually.
Until then, put your best foot forward and sing until your lungs give out.
XX: WHAT’S YOUR END GOAL? WHAT ARE YOUR LIFE PLANS?
YH: Life is unpredictable and I try not to rely too heavily on a plan so as to avoid disappointment (as much as I can, anyway).
For now, I want to finish university and definitely keep chasing after this crazy life that I’ve somehow ended up living.
My end goal is to grow as an artist, and as a person, and to surround myself with people who will support and help that growth. Through my music, I want to help at least one person in the way that the music of others has helped me.
XX: WHERE CAN WE SEE YOU PERFORM?
YH: I am all over the place! I don’t really have one consistent venue or show right now, but I try my best to keep my socials updated whenever I have a gig so that people can know when and where they can come see me.
XX: HOW CAN WE FOLLOW AND SUPPORT YOU?
YH: YouTube is where I’m posting covers these days; if you search ‘yasha’ & ‘ukulele’ you should be able to find me!
Otherwise, I post little clips and photos of my performances on Instagram (@yasha.mp3) and behind the scenes/extra content on my Facebook page, ‘Yasha H’, which is also where a little fanbase for my boyfriend, Amos, has developed, since he helps me with all my music stuff and is often on/behind the camera making mischief.
You can decide which of us you like better. I’ll understand if it’s him.
XX: WHAT’S NEXT FOR YASHA?
YH: Well, one thing is for sure, and that’s the fact that I won’t ever give up on music. It’s what I’m passionate about and I’ll continue to pursue it until I physically can’t.
I’m going to keep working hard and try to prepare for whatever life throws at me next. I hope you’ll be along for the ride!