Sekon Sta - a rising Sta

Sekon Sta - a rising Sta

By Natasha Ofosu

Trinidad & Tobago | Tuesday 22 March 2016: 11:11 GMT

He bears the name of one of the world’s great singers and is the son of a prolific calypsonian and songwriter, so it’s not a huge leap to conclude that Trinidadian soca artist Nesta Boxill, stage name Sekon Sta, is destined for greatness.

Boxill was named - after reggae icon Robert Nesta Marley - by his father, the late Dennis Franklyn Williams, better known as Merchant, who penned such hits as Caribbean Connection, Rock It and Pan in Danger. Merchant died in May 1999, but before he departed, Boxill says his father made sure he introduced him to his contacts and let them know his son would one day be a singer.

“My father was around in his fullest capacity until the day he died,” Boxill said in an interview in 2015. “He gave me all the tools I needed to survive to this day.” One such tool was songwriting, which initially brought Boxill recognition in the industry. He has written for Kerwin Du Bois, Patrice Roberts, Nadia Batson, Lil Rick and 5 Star Akil. In 2014, after several knock-backs, he got the chance to write for King Bubba from Barbados. The result was the party anthem, Who Drinking Rum.

Boxill has been singing since 2001, the first year he entered the Trinidad Junior Soca Monarch contest. In 2005, at the age of 15, he became the youngest person ever to make the final of the International Groovy Soca Monarch competition.

In 2015, Boxill enjoyed one of his most successful years, with a number of songs on heavy rotation on radio and in fetes, including The Best (on the Kan Kan Riddim), Maximum, and In Charge, a catchy jab jab tune on the Bitter Riddim. He capped this success by winning the accolade of ‘International Soca Monarch Breakout Artiste’.

Boxill has produced another suite of strong songs in 2016: Pressure (on the Gold Medal Riddim) and Magic with Nadia Batson, which took him to the final of the 2016 International Soca Monarch competition.

The young singer/songwriter says that following in his father’s footsteps has been the right move for him. “At the end of the day I was born for this. I could try to do other things, but I would probably fail miserably.”

You can catch Sekon Sta performing at Cocoyea’s Easter Monday fete’ | Click for tickets and more information

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