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Victory EP

REVIEW
Review: Nesbeth – Victory EP
11/25/2014
by Valentin Zill (ReggaeVille)
Nesbeth’s own little Victory is a delight for the rest of us

THIS EXCITING TIME OF REGGAE RESURGENCE, ENTERTAINMENT SOUL ANNOUNCES NESBETH’S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED UPCOMING “VICTORY” EP.

ALTHOUGH IT MAY FEEL AS IF THE CONSCIOUS REGGAE STAR TOOK A MUSICAL HIATUS, NESBETH HAS STEADILY CONTINUED HIS MUSICAL JOURNEY BY DRAWING FROM LIFE AND PENNING AN ARSENAL OF NEW MUSIC. RECENTLY SIGNING WITH THE LONDON BASED LABEL ENTERTAINMENT SOUL, NESBETH IS FEELING REVITALIZED AND READY TO SHARE HIMSELF THROUGH HIS MUSIC WITH THE WORLD. “I SEE THE SONGS AS PARTS OF MY BODY, EACH SONG PLAYS A SIGNIFICANT ROLE”

DELIGHTED ON THE CREATIVE CONTROL GIVEN TO HIM BY HIS NEW LABEL, THE “VICTORY” EP REPRESENTS A MORE MATURE SIDE OF NESBETH. WHEN RECORDING “VICTORY” IT IS EVIDENT NESBETH WAS ON A MISSION TO UPLIFT THE PEOPLE AND ASSIST LISTENERS TO FIND A SENSE OF MOTIVATION AND PERSEVERANCE THROUGH HIS MUSIC. ON THIS 5 TRACK EP EACH SINGLE HAS A SPECIAL MESSAGE, THE LEAD SINGLE “TASTE VICTORY” IS AN INSPIRING SINGLE THAT MANY CAN RELATE WHEN FEELING LIKE THEY HAVE HIT ROCK BOTTOM YET, IS ABLE TO TASTE THAT VICTORIOUS DAY APPROACHING.

THE FOURTH TRACK (AND INSTANT ‘GRATIFICATION’ TRACK FOR BUYERS OF THE ITUNES PRE-ORDER 4TH NOV) “HUNDU LAY LAY” GIVES YOU A WARM & SOULFUL FEEL OF AFRICA WITH IT’S UPLIFTING TRIBAL DRUM AND VOCAL RHYTHMS. BUT IT SPEAKS OF TROUBLE IN THE LAND AND ENORMOUS STRENGTH AMONG IT’S PEOPLE, DRAWING EERIE ECHOES OF CURRENT AFFAIRS, WHILST NESBETH CHANTS “HUNDU LAY LAY”, THROUGHOUT THE CHORUS.

A JOINT COLLABORATION FROM SOME OF REGGAE MUSIC PROMINENT PRODUCERS, NESBETH ALSO TOOK ON A ROLE AS PRODUCER WHILE RECORDING HIS “VICTORY” EP. IN CONJUNCTION WITH M.SHAW, NESBETH WROTE THE FIVE TRACKS EACH SHOWING A DIFFERENT STYLE. THE EP WAS PROUDLY PRODUCED BY DJ FRASS (TASTE VICTORY), MERRICK SHAW (EVEN THOUGH)AND NESBETH HIMSELF. NESBETH HOPES THAT HIS MUSICAL MESSAGE WILL BE HEARD AND SHARED.

“I WANT TO MAKE MUSIC THAT WILL STAND THE TEST OF TIME. WITH VICTORY I WANT TO ANOINT THE OPPRESSOR AND THE OPPRESSED. I HOPE ALL THESE SONGS REACH OUT, TO THE MASSES AND INSPIRE THE NATION TO STRIVE FOR THEIR VICTORY.
WORD SOUND IS POWER.”

DISTRIBUTED BY ZOJAK WORLWIDE, “VICTORY” EP WILL BE AVAILABLE ON ALL DIGITAL PLATFORMS ON MONDAY NOVEMBER 17TH, 2014. ITUNES PREORDER AVAILABLE TUESDAY NOVEMBER 4TH, 2014.





TASTE VICTORY

“TASTE VICTORY” IS OLD SCHOOL ROOTS REGGAE, A MUSIC PLAYED WITH A JOY IN THE HEART AND WITH THE SOUL INCORPORATED DIRECTLY IN THE RIDDIM AND LYRICS.

NESBETH’S FIRST SINGLE FOR HIS BRAND NEW LABEL ENTERTAINMENT SOUL AND A TASTER OF WHAT IS TO COME FROM HIS FORTHCOMING “VICTORY” EP DUE NEXT MONTH!

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BIO

JAMAICAN REGGAE ARTIST NESBETH CONNECTS TO HIS AUDIENCES THROUGH JOYFUL, SOCIALLY-CONSCIOUS MUSIC THAT TELLS AUTHENTIC TALES ABOUT HIS LIFE’S MOST INSPIRING MOMENTS AND HIS COMMUNITY’S PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE. HIS ENERGETIC LIVE SHOWS BRIGHTEN STAGES WORLDWIDE, AND HE TURNS EACH PERFORMANCE INTO AN INTIMATE PLATFORM ON WHICH TO SHARE HIS VIEWPOINTS AND EXPERIENCES AND TO SPREAD HIS FREE-SPIRITED OPTIMISM. EACH OF HIS SONGS ILLUMINATES THE ANIMATED, EMOTIONAL LAYERS OF HIS RESONANT VOICE ALONG WITH HIS ABILITY TO CREATE STRIKING MELODIES AND IMPROVISE ON UNUSUAL INTERNATIONAL RHYTHMS. HIS SOLO WORK, VARIOUS COLLABORATIONS WITH OTHER TALENTED ARTISTS AND ON-GOING PHILANTHROPY ILLUSTRATE HIS OWN PERSEVERANCE, EXPRESS HIS PASSIONATE POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES AND REFLECT THE COLORFUL WORK AND NARRATIVES OF THE ARTISTS AND GROUPS THAT CONTINUE TO MOVE HIM, INCLUDING BOB MARLEY, WHITNEY HOUSTON, LAURYN HILL, DAMIAN “JR. GONG” MARLEY, K’NAAN AND OTHERS.

NESBETH GREW UP IN THE URBAN ARNETT GARDENS NEIGHBORHOOD OF WEST KINGSTON ON THE ISLAND OF JAMAICA, REFERRED TO AS “THE CONCRETE JUNGLE” BECAUSE OF HIGH CRIME RATES AND WIDESPREAD ECONOMIC HARDSHIP. THROUGHOUT HIS CHILDHOOD, MUSIC WAS THE SUN IN HIS LIFE, AND HIS CURIOSITY ABOUT USING IT TO COMMUNICATE AND TO OFFER COMFORT TO HIMSELF AND OTHERS GREW AS HE BEGAN TO EXPERIMENT WITH RECORDING AND DISCOVER HIS OWN VOICE.

NESBETH RECORDED HIS FIRST SINGLE, “REFLECTION OF LOVE” IN 1993 WITH SINGER CAMERA AND SINCE THEN HAS GATHERED AN IMPRESSIVE LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS, BOTH ON HIS OWN AND ALONGSIDE OTHER TALENTED ARTISTS ON STAGE AND IN THE STUDIO. HIS MUSIC HAS BEEN RELEASED BY LABELS SUCH AS JACK SCORPIO, NO DOUBT RECORDS, DOWN SOUND RECORDS AND SHOCKING VIBES PRODUCTION, A COMPANY THAT PRODUCED NESBETH’S BELOVED SINGLE “SO LET IT BE” IN 2002. IN EARLY 2007, HE WAS INTRODUCED TO RENOWNED MUSIC PRODUCER FLAVA MCGREGOR, WITH WHOM HE HAS RECORDED OVER 10 WELL-RECEIVED SONGS OFFERING HOPE TO PEOPLE VULNERABLE TO A CULTURE OF VIOLENCE AND UNCERTAINTY, SUCH AS “BOARD HOUSE,” “GUNS OUT,” “FRIENDS FOR SALE,” “DRIVE BY” AND “A NUH SUH MI WAAN LIVE.”

DURING THE PAST TWO DECADES, NESBETH HAS BEEN A FORCE AT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS SUCH AS REGGAE SUMFEST, BOB MARLEY BIRTHDAY BASH, STING, REBEL SALUTE, IRIE JAMBORIE IN NEW YORK CITY, SUMMERFEST IN WASHINGTON, D.C., NEW JERSEY REGGAE FEST AND HAS PLAYED SHOWS AT VENUES IN OTTAWA, CANADA, ANTIGUA, SAINT KITTS, ANGUILLA, GRENADA AND CITIES THROUGHOUT THE UNITED KINGDOM. IN FEBRUARY 2010, HE HOSTED “A NUH SUH MI WAAN LIVE,” A LOVE AND UNITY CONCERT IN THE ARNETT GARDENS COMMUNITY WHERE HE AND OTHER NATIVE ARTISTS PERFORMED. THE EVENT BROUGHT TOGETHER THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS THAT HAD BEEN ISOLATED IN THEIR COMMUNITIES FOR YEARS BY VIOLENCE.

NESBETH STILL STRIVES TO BE THE VOICE OF HIS NATION BY CREATING MUSIC THAT TELLS A POWERFUL STORY AND SUPPORTS HIS PHILOSOPHIES AND BY LENDING HIS SUPPORT TO A VARIETY OF CHARITABLE EVENTS. HE WON A 2013 MANCHESTER AWARD ALONG WITH AN HONORARY AWARD AT THE 2013 MUSIC INDUSTRY ACHIEVERS AWARDS AND COMPLETED A SUCCESSFUL DEBUT TOUR OF THE UNITED KINGDOM IN SEPTEMBER.

Nesbeths re working of Louis Culture’s dancehall classic ‘Ganga Lee’ became a massive Jamaican radio hit in the summer of 2014, freshly titled “Ole Gangalee’ the song that enjoyed Nesbeth’s infectious flow with the Rebel Rock riddim stayed at the #1 spot of the influential Reggae Vibes reggae chart for 5 weeks.

Simultaneously Nesbeth was busy producing his songs for his brand new label, London based Entertainment Soul. The newly formed entertainment company discovered Nesbeth some months before and worked quickly to sign him up. The Victory EP was released November 14 & drawing great inspiration from the creative control given to him by his new label, the “Victory” EP represents a more mature side of Nesbeth.

Each one of the 5 tracks has a meaningful message, the lead single “Taste Victory” is an inspiring single that many can relate to when a harsh past gives way to a an optimistic future, “Hundu Lay Lay” conjures a warm soulful feel of Africa, whilst encouraging strength in the face of adversity. “Jah Jah Handpick” praises Nesbeth’s, and every good Rastafarian’s connection with the Most High, “Marijuana” appeals to the authorities around the world to recognise and utilise the enormous medicinal values that herb is proven to have & “Even Though” is simply a homage to perseverance.

In the last few years Roots reggae has seen an infusion of young talents, but not all of its new hitmakers are overnight successes. Nesbeth has been working the circuit in Jamaica for years, but it wasn’t until 2014 that he had his breakthrough with the grassroots hit “Ole Gangalee.” The uplifting “Taste Victory” from his Victory Ep.
Nesbeth hopes that his musical message will be heard and shared. “I want to make music that will stand the test of time. With Victory, I want to anoint the oppressor and the oppressed. I hope all these songs reach out to the masses and inspire the nation to strive for their victory. Word sound is power.”

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