Nefatari became one of a small select group of Caribbean artists to perform at Essence Music Festival. Others have reported her as “the first Caribbean artist to Perform at Essence” however, this simply isn’t true. Let us not forget to pay homage Rihanna and Doug E. Fresh amongst others (both hailing from Barbados). That being said, Nefatari undoubtedly the first to bring Caribbean flava to Essence
Essence Magazine called her “a young Kelly Rowland” and superstar artist and producer Pharrell Williams gave her latest hit song “What U Think About Me” a thumbs up while overheard playing at the Essence Music Festival empowerment seminar.
These past few weeks have been a whirlwind for Nefatari, not only did she perform in New York at the “Groovin In The Park” headlined by legendary Gladys Knight but she made her debut on the stage of the largest event celebrating African-American culture and music in the United States “The Essence Music Festival”.
This was a feat in many aspects, not only did she perform at the Essence Music Festival’s first ever “NEW & NEXT” concert, but she is also the first artist to bring Caribbean flavor with her blend of dancehall and pop music to the festival stage since its inception in 1995. Nefatari who proudly represents Jamaica and her reggae/dancehall influence, has often described her music as dancehall pop, that influence stems from her years as a background singer for Lindsay Lohan and Baby Spice of “Spice Girls” group.
This was a first time for Nefatari in New Orleans, she performed at the Mercedez Benz Superdome to a crowd filled with screaming fans and celebrities. Nefatari and her dancers shared the stage with young superstars such as Diggy Simmons, Disney’s Cocoa Joans and Roshan Fegan , and the OMG Girlz. Her single “What u Think About Me” received an overwhelming response from the crowd and her promotional cd’s which had songs such as “What U Think About Me”, “Day U Mess Up”, and “No Handbag” were gone out of her hands within an flash to the eager concert goers who wanted more.
Not to leave out any of her fans who were not in attendance at the Essence Music Festival, Nefatari is giving away a free promotional download. Click here to download “What U Think About Me”.