Prolific reggae music artiste Bescenta is like an atomic bomb waiting to erupt. He is the epitome of what reggae greats such as Peter Tosh, Bob Marley and Dennis Brown were made of.
Born Bryden Bescenta Wilkins, in the cool hills of St Andrew Hills, this soulful singer’s soothing melodies calms the nerves and relaxes the soul. His unique vocals are quite intriguing and his musical interaction with his audience is breathtaking.
His talent breaks down barriers and walk as if uninterrupted over mountains, in this regard we present to you Bescenta, our Break Out Artiste for this month.
Although Bescenta is aware of the importance of the business aspect of music and takes it seriously, he is also one who pursues it for the ‘power’ it gives. It is through his music that he can spread positive messages and reach persons from different social class and geographical locations. Bescenta is a rare combination of intensity, confidence and humility.
As a youth growing up, Bescenta attended Almond Hill All Age, then Oberlin High, before transferring to St. Andrew Technical High School (S.T.A.T.H.S) in Kingston from which he graduated. He did several jobs to support himself and assist his family.
During all this time, he was trying to suppress his true calling. The calling that ‘eat’ at his flesh and attacked his soul. It was inevitable, he had to make the transition to the music. He always hunted for the truth in the music and now he was on a mission to bring this newly found veracity to the people.
His socially conscious songs are easily related to by the mass, as they live what he sings. His lyrics are laced with words of encouragement and upliftment as he embarks on a journey to educate the population.
Bescenta began recording several singles with the group Cornerstone, for which he was the lead singer. The trio did not get far as a group as they failed to generate much publicity or record sales. In 2001, Bescenta eventually left the group on good terms to start working with producer Computer Paul.
The union brought about several positive happenings and Bescenta’s name and more importantly, his music was reaching the mass. In 2004, Bescenta did his mammoth single World Is in Trouble, which was a winning production from the outset. He entered the single in the Festival Song Contest where it was runner up. However, that was just the beginning as the song catapulted onto several charts around the world and enjoyed abundant rotation on radio stations.
In late 2004, Bescenta parted ways with Computer Paul and have since continued his ascendancy into the limelight. Bescenta’s star has begun to shine brilliantly with his now focused and efficient management structure.
He has recorded inspiring songs such as Can You Handle It, Mama Told Me, and Universal Love. The recently released singles AIDS, a social commentary on the ravages of the deadly immuno-deficiency disease, and Dont Be a Fool, will impact positively on many lives worldwide.
Bescenta’s aim is to create anthems that convey the message of peace and love to the people and to caress their inner being with his soothingly rich vocals.