21 Year Old PNG Reggae Sensation Releases Highly Anticipated First Single
Kid Nesian (real name Brian Kepi), the 21 year old island reggae sensation from Papua New Guinea, who was first runner up to the Digicel Stars singing competition back in 2011, has finally released his much anticipated first single “Stap Wantaim Yu” (translated to English meaning “With You”). The single was released in February and has already become a major hit all around the Pacific in countries such PNG, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands, Guam and French Polynesia and is now fast gaining momentum in other regions of the world.
Kid Nesian is the son of the lead guitarist of one of the most famous and iconic bands in Papua New Guinea during the 80’s and 90’s, the Azzazimbah band. Growing up in a musical household, Kid Nesian honed his singing abilities at his local church where his mother was also a singer and involved him in church performances.
Eager to step out of the shadows of his famous father and and create a name for himself in the music industry, Kid Nesian first broke out into the music scene in PNG as a 15 year old contestant on the reality TV singing competition Digicel Stars. Though still finishing his high school exams at the same time, he ended up finishing 2nd place from hundreds of contestants and became a household name in the process with his flawless live show performances.
After being away from the spotlight for some time, he is now ready to burst out onto the scene again, this time to show the world what he has got with his much anticipated first single. The song was written by himself and was recorded as a collaboration between CHM Supersound + Shefram Studios, two of the top studios from PNG and Solomon Islands respectively.
“Stap Wantaim Yu” is a mid-tempo, easy listening island reggae track that features breezy, laid back vibes and great production value. The music is perfectly complemented by Kid Nesian’s rich deep vocals and the uniqueness of his voice is what makes the song stand out and compels the listener to hear the message in the song. “The song is about a girl and a boy in a friend zone relationship, the guy is in-love with the girl but is afraid to tell her to risk what they have now in case the girl does not feel the same way. It’s a situation I’ve been through and something I think most guys and girls can relate to“ says Kid Nesian.
Check out the song for yourself to see why Kid Nesian’s star is quickly rising!