Bermudian hip hop artist Mona Li$a has released a video to her latest single ‘Island Not the Same,’ which she was inspired to write after her cousin and good friend Jahmiko Leshore was murdered last year.
On March 1st, 2011, 26-year-old Mr Leshore was leaving a residence in the Boundary Crescent area of Devonshire when he was shot multiple times, sustaining mortal wounds. His girlfriend was pregnant at the time, and gave birth to their son a few days after Mr Leshore’s murder.
Mona Li$a, aka Simona Eversley, was born in Bermuda and moved to Bellwood, Illinois in 1998. She said her musical journey began as poetry, expressing her inner feelings about subjects such as her non-existant father, struggles with finding herself, and her cultural change from Bermuda to America.
She has combined both cultures, elements, and life experiences to create her own one of a kind style. Her musical influences range from Tupac, Akon, Beanie Sigel, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Luciano, Sizzla, and Bermuda’s own Collie Buddz.