Nazzleman wins Festival Song Competition with Jamaica A Wi Home
O'Neil Scott, better known as 'Nazzleman', has won the 2018 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) Festival Song Competition.
Nazzleman won with his entry, Jamaica A Wi Home.
It is the second time that Nazzleman is winning the competition, having walked away as the winner in 2016 with his entry ‘No Weh Like Jamaica’.
The artiste said he has been attending the event since he was a boy.
"Everybody know seh me deserve dah one yah cause me work hard," Nazzleman sang as he invited fellow contestants to the stage at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Sunday night.
"Roy Rayon, I am coming, this a me second one," he said as he expressed his desire to become a multiple winner.
In addition to the winner's trophy, Nazzleman walked away with $2 million for being the writer and singer of the song.
Jamaica A Wi Home is a track that perfectly captures his love and appreciation for Jamaica and its people, and the artiste is confident in the record’s chances for success. He said that the reception from listeners has been widely positive, and as such, he has all the faith in his chances.
With influences like Ninja Man and Beenie Man, among other dancehall and reggae giants, Nazzleman has been honing his craft for 25 years. He describes his upbringing as heavily musical, in the sense that he has always found a support system for his creative endeavours in his home and family. A man of many talents, football was also a big part of his school days, and he would also try his hand at carpentry.
Nazzleman went on to compete in local football leagues, but stopped practicing due to personal issues. He goes on to mention that even when football and carpentry consumed much of his life, music was always his greatest passion.