Words by Nneka Samuel
If you haven’t heard the name Brother B, count your lucky stars you came across this!
Born Lesly Modeste, the “Little Whine” soca artist hails from St. Mark’s parish in Grenada. Heavily influenced by reggae and dancehall artist Capleton, Brother B started singing reggae at an early age, but found a much larger and more receptive audience when he entered the soca arena. In 2007, he teamed up with producer Jimmi King of King Beats Studios. That year, he beat out competition to win the title of St. Mark’s Soca Monarch, along with countless other countrywide music competition titles. That success would eventually result in Brother B’s freshman album, “More Fire,” released in 2009 by Baystone Records. Since then, Brother B hasn’t stopped his ascent to soca stardom. He has been producing music consistently and followed up “More Fire” with his sophomore album, “One Step Ahead.” With this effort, Brother B hit the soca charts in London and Canada with songs like “You Make Me Go” and “Whola.” 2011 saw the release of “Carnival Fever,” followed by “Diversionary” in 2012 and “I Live For That” in 2013. To date, Brother B has released six albums.
In 2012, Brother B was the first soca artist to be nominated for an NAACP Image Award and since then, he has been nominated three times under the world music category. He travels and performs in various countries, bringing soca music to fans worldwide. Always thanking and acknowledging his fans, Brother B posts new songs for them to hear first on his Facebook and Twitter pages. In recent months, he’s released “Rhythm In My Head” and “Love Woman.”
Known for his infectious beats infused with conscious lyrics, gruff voice, statuesque demeanor and immaculate dreads, Brother B is proudly putting Greenz on the map.
His latest album, I Live For That, is currently on iTunes.