Reggae’s newest music sensation Nesbeth, who was given the herculean task of bringing the curtain down on the third annual Oracabessa Festival on Memorial Monday at Roy Wilkins Park in New York, not only proved equal to the task but had patrons singing along to songs from his growing catalogue of hits.
Assuming command of the stage Nesbeth brought the house down in what was his first major performance in the tri-state area. Born Greg Nesbeth, the artisit had his biggest moment when he delivered “My Dream”, arguably one of the most globally recognized reggae songs for 2016. Released last October, ‘My Dream’ was an anthem during the 2016 political campaign in Jamaica and was enthusiastically received by patrons at the NY festival.
Soca king Mighty Sparrow displayed stunning vocal range while performing favorites Jean & Dinah, May May, Mister Walker, and Melda. Ken Boothe did not disappoint and demonstrated why he is still one of the best in the business, engaging fans with Artibella, When I Fall In Love, The Girl I Left Behind and The Train Is Coming.
Caribbean Heritage Awards were presented to Mighty Sparrow, radio host Gil Bailey and posthumously to Jimmy Riley who performed at last year’s Oracabessa Festival. Lavern Tatham, mother of singer Tarrus Riley accepted on behalf of Jimmy Riley.