Interview with Nerry: “I’m the voice of the oppression we faced from the Government for years.”

Hailing from Westmoreland (Jamaica) Nerada Brissette, known with the stage name of Nerry, has been around since the mid-90s and performed at most of Jamaica’s major music festivals. Nerry not only sings, he’s also a player of various instruments. But there is no other instrument close to him than the “bass”, according to Nerry’s personal opinion. He’s currently working on his first album, which he is producing as his solo debut entitled “Call Me Nerry”. The singer toured in Europe, to be exact in Germany and Austria, back in 2008 with Freddie McGregor. He’s been touring the USA since the beginning of the pandemic early this year. Nerry is the perfect representation of reggae music and its demands. He maintains an authentic sound and never fails to captivate his audience. His soulful, smooth and raspy vocals are rarely heard those days. His last single “Babylon have the nerve” featuring Gentleman and Freddie McGregor is actually getting a great forward all over the World. We have interviewed him.

Gege Vibes: How did u approach to your musical journey?

Nerry: Music is in my blood as long as my father is also a singer and a player of instruments. It all started singing in church, where I also learnt to play different musical instruments. In the high school I sang with a group called “Soul 4 Soul” then I started singing at the hotels and at the end in the concerts.

GV: It was a long race. What do you think is the biggest result you actually achieved during your artistic career? 

N: The greatest thing I’ve achieved is the vocal respect I got wherever I performed and also the immaculate comparison I get between other great international vocalists. It’s an honour for me.

GV: You are a reggae singer. Why in your opinion is it important for the new generations to keep doing reggae music? 

N: Throughout the years reggae has been the best way to uplift spirits. Personally, it means the expression of myself to the fullest. That’s why the new generations need to keep this musical genre alive. I believe the whole World gravitates around reggae music.

GV: What’s the message beside your new successful single ‘Babylon have the nerve’ featuring Freddie McGregor and Gentleman?

N: The message in this song is all about the oppression we face for years from the Government in terms of legalization of Marijuana.

GV: I could feel this topic really touchd you. What are other topics you prefer singing about?

I don’t really have a favorite topic. I just write and create what comes to my mind depending on the way it makes me feel.

GV: Are you planning to release any album and in general what are your future projects?

N: I have an EP ready and we were setting up to release it in December 2020 along with two album release parties but the whole plan got delayed due to the corona pandemic. It’s a 6 track album titled “Call me NERRY” though. My team also realized 4 official videoclips out of the six tracks that I will be launch online very soon.

Eugenia Conti

ROTOTOM & FRIENDS EUROPE / Un tour primaverile per il più famoso festival reggae europeo

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Se parliamo di Rototom Sunsplash ai tantissimi amanti della reggae music e delle sue branchie viene subito in mente l’enorme Festival musicale, il più grande d’Europa, che dal 2010 si tiene ogni estate nel cuore della Spagna e precisamente a Benicasim. Il Rototom Sunsplash però nasce in Italia nel lontano 1998 e si è sempre contraddistinto per le importanti tematiche che affronta: dall’antiprobizionismo delle droghe leggere all’antirazzismo. Per questo 2016 l’organizzazione ha deciso di fare una grande sorpresa a tutti gli appassionati del genere promuovendo un tour primaverile con concerti in tutta Europa: “Rototom & friends Europe” in attesa come ogni anno della tappa ufficiale spagnola ad agosto. Per il momento le date annunciate sono già 16, ben 4 in Italia e 2 al Sud: abbiamo Modena, San Biagio di Callalta vicino Treviso e poi il 30 aprile Maglie (Lecce) per concludere il primo maggio a Bari.

Per quanto riguarda la line-up artistica quest’ultima non è stata ancora definita del tutto. I primi nomi confermati sono questi: Junior Kelly dalla Jamaica famosissimo per il suo messaggio legato al movimento Rastafariano, il gruppo reggae The Wailing Souls sulla scena musicale dagli anni ’60 e sempre proveniente dalla famosa Isola delle Antille; Daniel Bambataa Marley, figlio ventiseienne di Ziggy Marley e nipote del “Dio” Bob; Raphael, artista nigeriano con mamma italiana; i Sud Sound System, trio salentino pioniere del raggamuffin nella nostra Nazione; Randy Valentine, cantante, producer, songwriter jamaicano ma che deve la sua fama all’Europa e soprattuto al Regno Unito e infine Jahcoustix dalla Germania con la sua selezione reggae, dub e dancehall. Le altre reggae-stars che saliranno sul palco le conosceremo più in la.

La tournée vera e propria invece inizierà il prossimo 20 aprile per concludersi il 7 maggio. Ecco le tappe ufficiali previste ad oggi:

20 Aprile Wroclaw, Poland

21 Aprile Amsterdam, Netherlands

22 Aprile Madrid, Spain

23 Aprile Bilbao, Spain

24 Aprile Barcellona, Spain

25 Aprile Modena, Italy

26 Aprile Innsbruck, Austria

27 Aprile Praga, Czech Republic

28 Aprile Vienna, Austria

29 Aprile San Biagio di Callalta (TV), Italy

30 Aprile Maglie (Le), Italy

1 Maggio Bari, Italy

3 Maggio Marseille, France

4 Maggio Lyon, France

6 Maggio Antwerp, Belgium

7 Maggio Zurigo, Switzerland

In attesa degli aggiornamenti non resta che seguire la carovana del “Rototom & friends Europe”…

Eugenia Conti