Nes­beth Fea­tured in Bill­board Mag­a­zine

The Star (St. Lucia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

In the words of the great Chi­nese politi­cian and philoso­pher Con­fu­cius, “The will to win, the de­sire to suc­ceed, the urge to reach your full po­ten­tial . . . these are the keys that will un­lock the door to per­sonal ex­cel­lence,” and that is the type of think­ing that has kept Reg­gae fire­brand Nes­beth push­ing for­ward de­spite his re­cent per­ils.

In the wake of the un­timely pass­ing of his beloved wife, the en­ter­tainer con­tin­ues to ex­hibit re­silience in the face of ad­ver­sity. Though many would ex­pect him to take a hia­tus he in­stead uses the sit­u­a­tion as fuel to at­tain even greater ex­ploits.

His his­tor­i­cal per­for­mance a few weeks ago at the newly sworn-in Ja­maican Prime Min­is­ter An­drew Hol­ness’ in­au­gu­ra­tion cou­pled with the ag­gres­sive cam­paign now sur­round­ing his ca­reer has caught the at­ten­tion of the in­ter­na­tional press land­ing the ‘My Dream’ singer in the an­nals of the cov­eted Bill­board Mag­a­zine.

In a piece writ­ten by Pa­tri­cia Meschino ti­tled “Ja­maica’s Vi­o­lent Po­lit­i­cal Di­vide, Bridged by a Song for Peace” the ar­ti­cle delves heav­ily into the trib­al­is­tic na­ture of Ja­maican politics and how Nes­beth’s music helps to bring so­lace in the midst of the firestorm.

Al­lud­ing to the in­flu­ence his music has had on the re­cently con­cluded gen­eral elec­tions in Ja­maica Nes­beth says, “In pre­vi­ous years, when one party re­al­izes the other is us­ing a par­tic­u­lar song they would stop us­ing it be­cause each party wants a song for them­selves, but both par­ties went crazy over ‘My Dream’ un­like any­thing we have seen in Ja­maica’s politics,” the non-par­ti­san en­ter­tainer told Bill­board Mag­a­zine.

The har­row­ing (po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated) gang war­fare that has wreaked havoc upon so many lives in dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties across the Ja­maican land­scape - as por­trayed in Nes­beth’s most com­pelling songs such as ‘Guns Out’ and ‘Board House’ - ren­ders the suc­cess of ‘My Dream’ be­yond a ca­reer trans­form­ing hit; it’s a pro­foundly in­spi­ra­tional ac­com­plish­ment for the coun­try.

“In the ghetto you have to be more than strong to stay away from vi­o­lence be­cause there are more guns there than peo­ple,” Nes­beth shares. “Po­lit­i­cal par­ties be­lieve in di­vide and rule, but we have to de­cide whether to go down the pit or hold our heads high and sur­vive,” he tells Bill­board.

Nes­beth liv­ing his dream.

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