Roadwork pays off for Onesty

By Howard CampBell Observer senior writer

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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GROWING up in Antwerp, Belgium, Tina Castello was heavy into the city’s underground reggae scene.

One of the Jamaican acts that caught her attention was Black Uhuru. Castello, a singer known as Onesty, recently appeared as opening act for her heroes on their United States tour.

With the release in August of her EP I Rise, it was the perfect time to shop her new songs to a new audience.

"It was a great experience doing 30 shows in a row and playing in front of different people. As a European reggae artiste, it was good to play in front of big audiences, Rastafarian audiences," she said.

Most of the songs Onesty did in her 25-minute slots, including Not Good Enough and Roll The Dice, are produced by Jermaine Forde for Ajang Music Productions.

The London-based Forde produced many of Onesty’s previous songs which include Life Starts and Is This Love. The Black Uhuru tour kicked ff in Santa Cruz, California, at The Catalyst in late August.

It made stops in major cities such as Los Angeles, Denver, Cleveland, Atlanta, New York and Jacksonville. The six-week trek ended in Englewood, Florida, on October 1.

Onesty, 29, was born to a Spanish father and Belgian mother. She said she discovered Jamaican music as a teenager while attending dancehall parties in her hometown.

She has opened Belgian dates for a diverse list of reggae/dancehall artistes including Max Romeo, Earl 16, Pressure, Red Rat and Tikenja Fakoly.

Since early 2015, Onesty has lived in Jamaica, working mainly with Ajang Music Productions and independent European labels.

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