Shel­don Se­nior CAN­CER FREE and in pur­suit of REG­GAE STAR­DOM

Jamaica Gleaner - - EN­TER­TAIN­MENT - Kim­ber­ley Small/Gleaner Writer kim­ber­ley.small@glean­erjm.com

NOW CAN­CER free and fully de­voted to his ca­reer, Shel­don Se­nior has landed the cover of one of the world’s most rep­utable reg­gae mag­a­zines: IRIEMAG. In a ninepage spread, the as­pir­ing reg­gae artiste re­calls his odyssey from Man­dev­ille, Manch­ester, to the United King­dom and back; the bal­ance be­tween teach­ing and record­ing mu­sic; and his bat­tle with lung can­cer.

Based in Cal­i­for­nia, IRIEMAG cov­ers the hap­pen­ings in the reg­gae in­dus­try. Reg­gae artistes like Iba Mahr, Pro­toje, Jah9, and Kabaka Pyra­mid have been fea­tured in the pub­li­ca­tion along with other mu­si­cians, en­gi­neers, and mu­sic in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als. “I feel blessed and hon­oured. I have worked hard for years, and it’s truly rewarding to see a mag­a­zine such as this take the time to in­tro­duce my work,” Se­nior told The Gleaner.

Se­nior mi­grated to the UK in 2002 to con­cen­trate on build­ing his mu­sic ca­reer. When not moon­light­ing as a reg­gae artiste, Se­nior earned his keep as an ed­u­ca­tor. “I lec­ture in math­e­mat­ics, but mu­sic is my pas­sion. That is what I will use to pro­pel my mes­sage,” Se­nior told The Gleaner.

FIVE-YEAR HIA­TUS

In 2010, he was di­ag­nosed with lung can­cer, and as a re­sult, the singer went on a five-year hia­tus to, as he puts it, “at­tain a higher level of awak­en­ing”.

He has pow­ered through a num­ber of restora­tive surg­eries, and is now can­cer free, and lov­ing it. “Pos­i­tiv­ity is the most pow­er­ful thing you can have in your life. I’ve found that it’s taken me through dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ences be­sides my can­cer. It has trans­formed me from the core,” he af­firmed.

Five years post-di­ag­no­sis, Se­nior has over­come the worst, and has re­leased a four-track EP called Break­through.

With his pos­i­tive prog­no­sis in tow, the as­pir­ing reg­gae star con­tin­ues to con­sciously in­ject pos­i­tiv­ity into his life, which he claims ul­ti­mately has an im­pact on his feel­ings for the world, the mes­sage he preaches, and his re­freshed goals.

Cur­rently in Ja­maica, and healthy, Se­nior is now putting his all into his mu­sic ca­reer. “We in­tend to live long. We’re cre­at­ing mu­sic for a life­time, not for two months,” he said.

Se­nior is cur­rently pro­mot­ing his lat­est sin­gle, Hun­gry Days. Ad­di­tion­ally, the reg­gae singer is set for Rebel Salute in the new year and also has a num­ber of shows dur­ing next year’s Fe­bru­ary Reg­gae Month cel­e­bra­tions.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Shel­don Se­nior is now can­cer free and ready to take his ca­reer to new heights.

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