Currently one of the most sort after tickets in the international Reggae space, Entertainment soul recording artiste Nesbeth was in fine form over the weekend when he invaded Barbados for the 2016 installment of the much publicized Reggae On The Hill Festival held at the Farley Hill National Park.
Commencing with a beach party on Sunday, April 24th the week-long festivities culminated on Sunday, May 1st with a stellar line-up boasting names such as Alaine, Natural Black, Richie Spice, Romain Virgo, Freddie McGregor, Chronixx & The Zinc Fence Redemption Band, Nesbeth and a plethora of local talent.
Kicking off the proceeding at approximately 11am the crowd enjoyed a flurry of acts before silence inundated the venue as the night’s penultimate act Nesbeth prepared to enter the stage. According a review on the front page of the ‘Daily Nation’ one of Barbados’ national tabloids, “The most commanding performance came from Jamaican Nesbeth who received the loudest crowd response. Then there was silence and for a brief moment, the pulsating vibes at Reggae On The Hill were placed on mute as the lone voice of the Jamaican Reggae star paid tribute to his late wife Ann-Marie Elliot. The singer of the popular song ‘My Dream’ told the large crowd at the Digicel 4G Reggae Festival at Farley Hill about their love story before singing an acapella, the number he sang at his wife’s funeral in March it was then that the fans allowed the singer to soak in the moment.”
And indeed he did, and soon thereafter the vibe was back at fever pitch as the Trench Town native unraveled classics such as Gunz Out , Board House, So Let It Be, Taste Victory before closing off his thirty minutes set to much fanfaronade with the monster hit My Dream.
“I would like to personally thank the organizers and the people of Barbados for the wonderful reception they have given me . It was a very humbling experience and I will definitely say… this will not be my last time on this beautiful island” – a sweat drenched Nesbeth told members of the international media following his performance.
Prior to Barbados, Nesbeth an avid supporter of the impoverished and disenfranchised sect of our society was in the U.S lending his support to help raise funds for the New Jersey based non-profit organization JAHJAH (Jamaicans Abroad Helping Jamaicans At Home) Foundation. The primary goal of the Foundation is to help improve the quality of healthcare that is delivered at public hospitals and health centers in Jamaica. Another of their goals is the commitment to assist with improving education on the island.
Meanwhile, on the musical front Nesbeth has released the much anticipated follow-up to his monster hit ‘My Dream’ the new single dubbed D.I.A.L (Devil Is A Liar) in the same vein as its predecessor aims to inspire while dismissing detractors with a simple but very direct message. This carefully crafted composition conceptualised at the iconic Tuff Gong Studio, recorded at Mixing Lab and mixed by virtuosos Barb Wiya Music is very trancy, makes you feel inspired and lifted with it cross appeal. The amazing harmonies that rang out in “My Dream” are very evident in D.I.A.L. The lyrics, though simple, are masterfully woven together.