Shea Shea – Passionate about Calypso
Written by Fire Online on 23rd July 2016
From the very day that she emerged into the world on January 22, 1991, Shereena Richardson showed all the signs of a daring, undaunted, high-spirited being.
And throughout the course of her 25 years she has matched and even surpassed this projection. Lurking beneath her sheer quietness is one teeming with great talent, yet overflowing with compassion. She is fun to be around and is always at the ready to take on a good challenge.
Shereena is a multi-talented individual. She loves the stage!
“Being on stage is like second nature to me and of all the talents that I possess, singing – especially calypso – is undoubtedly my passion – my heartbeat!”
And one can understand just why. She began singing calypso at the tender age of twelve in 2003. However, it was not until 2007 that she won her first National Junior Calypso Monarch crown, which she retained in 2008.
She went on to capture two National Female Calypso Monarch titles in 2011 and 2012. In 2012, she also won the island’s Senior Calypso Monarch title – a feat she considers to be one of her greatest accomplishments. In that same year, she represented her country in the Leeward Islands’ Calypso Competition, held in Anguilla; and the Caribbean Female Calypso Competition in Montserrat and placed 2nd runner up in both shows.
Shereena is the female vocalist for one of the leading soca bands in Anguilla, Pantha Vibes International. She shares her band’s success in capturing three carnival Road March titles. Since joining the band in 2009, she has also helped to secure three Band Clash titles.
With a strong desire to see calypso live on, she began hosting a calypso training camp for Junior Calypsonians in 2012. She also uses this as a mechanism to inspire young Calypsonians to always strive for greatness on the stage and life in general. She feels that calypso helps youngsters to become confident individuals and gives them a sense of purpose at a very young age.
Shereena latest work is the soca song “Born This Way” which she plans to use to compete in this year’s Soca Monarch Competition.