Yaa’Asantewaa Lewis, professionally known as Princess Menen was born in Brooklyn, New York, but her island flair comes from her Caribbean background. With her array of influences, her musical sound is a little different. She grew up listening to different types of music and learned to appreciate various genres including Reggae, Country, Hip Hop, R&B, Soca and Electronic Dance Music; because of this, you’re able to hear this unique, eccentric sound in her music and in her delivery.
Even though Princess Menen was always passionate about creating music, It wasn’t until she was literally pushed on stage back in 1998 where she allowed the crowd to determine her fate. “The response from the crowd influenced me”, she states. “I never looked at myself as a singer or performer, it was a hobby for me but this experience let me know that this was something that I should do. Their reaction was awesome.” That same year she met Lauryn Hill and also gained the opportunity to open a concert for Capleton. Since then she's performed at events such as Reggae Carifest, Reggae Splash, Irie Jamboree, New York-Miami Linkup and the most recent Groovin In The Park. Her performances carried her throughout the US, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa.
She worked with acclaimed producers such as Sidney Mills, Lustre Kings, Moby, Isaac Faith, Partillo Records and Reblah Star. Princess Menen has also been able to work inside the studios of today’s most celebrated artists including Bad Boy, Gargamel, and Toots Hibbert. Along with her list of accomplishments, you can find her on a soundtrack entitled, “Sweetest Sound” with Grammy nominated icon, Moby on the soundtrack of the Hollywood film, “Won’t Back Down”.
If you’ve ever had a chance to watch Princess Menen perform live you can see the way music runs through her body. Her charismatic personality is easily portrayed in her music and her exceptional talent has taken her far, but this is only the beginning. Her skills has allowed her to perform on stages along the likes of Beenie Man, Ninja Man, Queen Ifrica, Patti Labelle, Sizzla, Tanya Stephens, I Wayne, Barrington Levy and countless others in the musical regime.
Today, you can find Princess Menen working heavily in the studios perfecting her craft. With her summer release, TELL EVERYBODY, and her current mix tape entitled, “Mi Ready” a title that speaks for itself, Princess Menen is conquering the industry one day at a time, growing her fan base and lifting the minds of the youth with her eclectic lyrics, her energetic vibe and her charming disposition. You can check out some of her recent releases on iTunes, Amazon and Soundcloud.
Princess Menen is proving to be one of the most promising female artistes emerging from today’s music industry. She came into this business unexpectedly but intends to leave a tremendous mark by creating music that awakens you; the type of music that touches the hearts of mankind while demonstrating to humanity that love is the ultimate solution. Given all of her success up to this point, there is so much that lies ahead for this rising star.