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She’s not world famous, but once you know the name, you never forget it.
Colourful and quirky, Nesha hit the UK music scene in ’99 as an RnB singer, but it was for her gritty sounding garage remix of ‘What’s It Gonna Be?’ (A track which also helped to launch the career of one Richard Forbes as producer ‘Sticky’) that she rose to fame and created a name for herself as a club diva. The album ‘Know My Name’ followed, along with TV appearances and countless gigs in the UK and Europe. During this time she worked alongside, and befriended her contemporaries of the time from both sides of the pond.
But then, seeking a change of direction, something unusual happened. In 2001 The BBC announced the launch of a new digital radio station dedicated to playing ‘New Black Music’. Her passion for home-grown music and an unrealised dream of being a DJ led her to pursue a role at the fledgling station. In 2002 that dream came true, and Nesha joined the 1xtra lineup as the presenter of the Saturday morning Early Breakfast Show. Her audacious wit and energetic delivery led her to a daytime slot co-presenting with G Money, and just a year later she went on to host the lunchtime show, being at that time the only Black female on national radio with a solo daytime slot.
During this time Nesha never stopped making music, whether working with, or writing for up and coming UK talent. She began hosting live events and joined the judging panels of talent competitions and open mic events. In 2007 she left 1xtra and started a consultancy and networking company where she continues to support the careers of British artists. Did we also mention she’s a stylist? Which helps to explain her striking image, which when you meet her, you can’t fail to notice. She still has unrealised dreams, including starting a production company, making documentaries and doing voices for animated feature films, but there’s time for all that.
“Creativity is key” She stresses. “This world is filled with mimics and creators. The mimics seem to dictate which creators are best, but without creators, the mimics are nothing. I sometimes feel disillusioned with the UK music scene, when I look at what the mimics are doing. So I focus on the creators, and pour my energy into them. That’s why now, when I do make music, it’s always something special. Because it’s something I believe in.”