The Editor of FrontPageAfrica Newspaper, Rodney D. Sieh has teamed up with veteran reggae sensation, Nasseman and iconic video producer Alexander (Usher) Wiaplah to produce the theme song for the upcoming book on President George M. Weah.
‘The Boy from Gibraltar,’ a hit reggae sound penned by Nasseman and mixed by Master Lzee of Las Vegas Studios, will serve as the official music of the book.
Mr. Sieh, ahead of the release of the song and music video said, “I wanted to give readers a glimpse of what to expect from the book which I have labored for five years to put together. I am grateful to Nasseman and Usher for agreeing to do this, in an environment that is often polarizing and lacking tolerance to free speech and criticisms.”
Nasseman, whose real name is Rabbie Nassrallah, is known for his fiery lyrics and activism stance on some of the burning issues of the day. After witnessing the devastation of Liberia’s 1989 – 2003 civil war, the period helped the artist to shape his strong sense of social justice.
According to Sieh, he chose Nasseman because he (Sieh) is a big fan of his music and thought he was the best artist in Liberia to-date, who understands the project of the Weah story and who he believe is best suited to visualize the story.
He maintained, “Usher was the icing on the cake. He is the ultimate professional, who understands his craft and is undoubtedly the best video producer in Liberia.”
Nasseman began performing when he was eleven and rose to prominence in 2005 with the hit “Till We Meet Again”, written in memory of his mentor Ras Katata. He has spent the intervening years honing his talent and is now an accomplished songwriter, penning lyrics for Liberia’s hip-hop, R&B, and gospel artists.
The reggae songs he writes for himself are influenced by Bob Marley, Nasio Fontaine, Buju Bonton, and Sizzla Kalonji. He mainly focuses on social ills, raising awareness among his fellow Liberians about how their society could be.
Demonstrating his commitment to supporting his community, Rabbie served as an HIV/Aids Ambassador in 2010. While Rabbie sees his music as a vehicle for change, he can also cut loose; his albums feature love ballads and club hits.
On the Boy from Gibraltar, the artist draws contrasts and contradiction of some the missteps of the Weah administration while also chronicling the President’s successful career as one of the greatest footballers of his generation.
“My music is a conscious message to the oppressed, to help motivate, elevate their soul. I hope that the energy in my lyrics gives them hope for another day,” says Nasseman.
In addition to opening of Akon, when the veteran Senegalese Hip-Hop artist visited Liberia in 2006, Nasseman was also a headliner for President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s 2006 inauguration. He has also opened for or collaborated with top regional artists, including Nigeria’s 2Face Idibia and Black Face, Sierra Leone’s Emerson, and Ghana’s V. I. P. Boys, Ofori Amponsah and Castro.
Over the last six years, Usher has been working on a series of international and national projects, which include documentaries, television shows, and music videos. Over the past two years, he has been camera operator and cinematographer on film shoots in Liberia for A Film Never Made.
He is one of the founders and CEOs of Kreative Mindz Studio, where he has also worked as a camera operator, producer, director, and an editor. In addition, he has worked for some of the top broadcast stations worldwide, including CNN, NBC News, ARD TV, and ITN Channel 4. Source: FrontPageAfrica online
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