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Yaksta, Nation Boss Make Outstanding Debuts At Reggae Sumfest 2022

Reggae and Dancehall singjays Yaksta and Nation Boss, like the young males from their generation who performed on Night One, dealt with the Reggae Sumfest stage like seasoned veterans, connecting within seconds of gracing the stage, on Night Two of the festival.

Nation Boss was the first of the two, who took the stage just upon the stroke of midnight, connecting with the Sumfest crowd nice and easy with brilliantly-delivered intros to his songs. There was no stumbling or fumbling, as the St. Ann native showed his musical mettle from him, and later his abs from him when he stripped his shirt due to the sweltering heat from the stage lights.

His first song was emotions, a collab with his friend Yaksta, and he expressed pleasure that his young musical brothers from the Trap genre and himself were all rising. “The greatest feeling a fi si yuh own a win like yuhself. Mi genuinely happy fi mi bro dem. Mi nuh haffi know dem from no weh. A suh mi do my ting,” he said.

He also shared gratitude to his fans and well-wishers who had propelled him into a star almost overnight, last year through his human freestyle which went viral.

“Den again now, weh Humans concern now, mi nuh want oonu misinterpret dat. Caw mi know she nobaddy yah suh nuh like everybaddy inna di word. An mi nuh haffi denate pan dat,” Nation Boss said before performing his breakout hit Humans.

“A waan give thanks to Sumfest fi give mi dah opportunity yah. Mi waan give thanks fi di support. Mi want to thank sfi all a di genuine love weh mi a get right now. A neva beg mi beg, dem gi mi dis. MI deh yah deh give back. A di right ting fi do and mi a do it from mi heart, believe mi,” he added.

The Bushlawd Yaksta, who performed immediately after Nation Boss, started off his set with the introduction of his star goat Radam from his music video, who seemed a bit jittery due to all the excitement.

His song intros, very reminiscent of Bounty Killer, were epic.

Amid Goodbye Crosses, Father Figure and his other popular songs, he had a word of caution for absentee fathers, urging them to be present in the lives of their children in order to help contain crime and criminality in Jamaica.

“Gentlemen, support oonu jute. Teach dem di right tying. Das why wi have suh much gunman bout yah; das why wi have suh much criminal bout yah, caw di faada dem naw stan up. My faada neva deh-deh. But it teach mi one ting – to be a good faada to mine,” he explained.

When introducing Fowl CoobYaksta also hooked the audience, making common ground by telling people from all walks of life, that no matter their way of making a living, as long as they were doing it honestly, they were in good stead.

“Yes, I may be young… mi nuh reach 30 yet. But all a wi can guh inna di same direction. Someone haffi sing di truth. Mi nuh care bout di million and billions a views dem, caw once di trutha transcend, memba, 60 more, hundred jute a walk inna di same direction. I am not perfect. Mi want di people dem know dis, yuh si from once yuh have ambition, yuh haffi reach,” the 28 year old said, to huge cheers.

In a command, yet unbothered manner, he urged the patrons to enjoy life.

“Live oonu life; a one time oonu get fi live. Yuh think a dead time. Meck mistake; guh pon adventures, yuh hear dat. At one time,” he said.

“Say peace officer dem hold mi one time fi play bad. Yeah, an mi get pare kick up and fiss up and dem suppm deh. And mi couldn’t retaliate… Yuh si some yute weh a gi ghetto yute dem gun, mi nuh rate oonu. Gi dem book,” he ordered.

Like a schoolmaster, he then instructed the youth of Western Jamaica to desist from engaging in violence.

“One ting mi know bout MoBay yute dem, dem ambitious. One ting mi know MoBay girl dem, dem ambitious, Westmoreland, Negril, Sav. Stop kill off oonu one anedda fi some likkle fenke-fenke money. Nuttn nuh bigga dan life, nuh Benz, nuh house. When yuh killa man him can come back. Share it give. Yuh hear dat,” he said.

Declaring that Reggae Music was not dead, Yaksta also went on to reveal his academic accomplishments as he continued to bat for Jamaica’s working class.

“A nuff bag juice my sell and ice. An banana chips and goat, panty and goat, and panty and brazziere, an mi nuh shame. Mi have 13 CXC, fouyr A Levels and dat nuh carry mi noweh. Yuh her dat? Bigh up every farmer and hustler!” I have stated.

“Jamaica, start support oonu music. Support oonu pown. Caw oonu support every baddy else. Share my song. Yuh hear dat. Big up Sparkie Baby. Big up who share ambition and buss Bush Lawd. Big up my goat round a back Radam. How yuh mean? A him help buss mi to,” he said.

On Sunday morning, Yaksta took to Instagram where he shared a snippet of his performance and expressed gratitude to his supporters.

“I believe in me that is enough to make the world too. I pay attention to everything and apply great is me and my team. THANK YOU JAMAICA AND THE WRLD FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE,” he noted.

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