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Fresh Tea eyes stardom

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter

Thursday, January 09, 2014    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — HAITIAN-BORN hip-hop/reggae artiste Fresh Tea is currently basking in the success of his recent single, Hustla, a collab with Jamaican female deejay, Spice.

The video for the song has featured prominently on local charts, including Hype TV, and the Hit List on CVM TV.

The theme of the song depicts the lives of Haitians living in Jamaica and other Caribbean nations.

"The song is a good song and it should be on Tempo Network, a Caribbean TV station based in the United States, next week," Fresh Tea told the Observer West, adding that it is doing very well in the Haitian Diaspora.

According to Fresh Tea, whose given name is Gaston Bernard, Spice ironically only partnered with him on the track after an arrangement with Elephant Man fell through.

Fresh Tea, who has been cooling out in the resort city of Montego Bay for the Christmas holidays, said the single,

which was released last October, was produced by German producer Rishawn Lehmkuhm/Lifeafterdeath Records and Caveman production.

The Haitian has big plans for this year which include breaking into the international market and touring the US

and Europe.

"Right now I am busy in the studio working on a lot of songs, because in 2014 I am looking forward to storm the international scene with my catalogue," said the confident performer, who is currently working on an album.

"I also have upcoming tours of the US and Europe scheduled for the 2014 summer."

Noting that Bob Marley is among the artistes from whom he pulls inspiration, Fresh Tea, who now calls Miami home, cited his long-held love for the Jamaican culture.

"The connection with Jamaica and Haiti is from centuries so I always see Jamaica as the closest brother to Haiti," Fresh Tea stated.

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