Shakaya are out with the music video to their new single ‘We Ain’t Goin’ Down’. The song is the second release from the Australian duo’s sophomore album ‘Are You Ready’, released on Columbia Records. Watch it at YouTube.
Brett Thomas of The Sun-Herald spoke with Shakaya’s Naomi Wenitong who says she and bandmate Simone Stacey would like to take the Australian group’s music to the overseas market. “Definitely, we want to go international,” she said. “We want to be able to write, produce and perform music at an international level. We want to start in Australia and build it up here first but we’d love to go overseas and represent Australian music it’s definitely one of our big aims.” To further their goal, they’ve trained in Orlando, Florida. “It’s a place called Transcontinental Studios, which is owned by a guy called Lou Pearlman, and people like Britney, the Backstreet Boys, R. Kelly, and Pink have all worked there,” Wenitong said. “It’s a whole lot of rehearsal studios and recording studios and you can record, work on your vocals, or train in how to deal with the media.” Read more.
The Courier Mail spoke with the girls of Shakaya after their big three-album publishing deal with Sony Australia was signed. The singing pair consisting of Naomi Wenitong, 19, and Simone Stacey, 24, will be opening for Destiny’s Child on their tour of Australia. Simone says the pair would rather not get labeled in a particular genre: “We’re trying not to label ourselves with a musical style but to get a different flavor out there that’s just ours.”
Paul Stewart of the Herald Sun spoke with Naomi Wentigong and Simone Stacey of Shakaya following their trip to America where where the two visited a ‘Pop Star Boot Camp’. Naomi explained, “We imagined it was going to be like one of those American movies where there is this tough sergeant major who yells at you all the time. The camp was in Orlando and we were there for five weeks of intense workshops.” She added, “It was great working with people such as Lou Pearlman, who taught the Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync how to dance.”