Emerging singjay Nauseouss doesn’t believe in mandatory vaccinations but believes that vaccination should remain a personal choice.
“People have to fight for their freedom. There are levels to this vaccination thing, I have antibodies in my system to protect me, I got COVID-19 and cured myself. I have no problem with vaccines, and there are people who take the two doses and still get sick and dead, and others who take it and it saved them from hospitalization but to each their own; knowledge is power,” the artiste, whose real name is Simon Whyte, reasoned.
“People have to make up their own minds, wear your masks, practise social distancing, do what’s best to protect your family, use your tumeric, take your magnesium and zinc, survival is the key,” he said.
There is a strong vaccine hesitancy among Jamaicans which has pushed public discourse on making the administration of the jab mandatory, although Prime Minister Holness has repeatedly insisted that the Government is not yet at that point. The Ministry of Health and Wellness is seeking to achieve a 65% vaccination target for the population by March 2022.
In the meantime, Nauseouss is in Jamaica promoting his single, Memories, which was released on the Nijeri Records in early September.
“The response to Memories has been great, especially in The Gambia. The song is getting airplay on IRIE, HITZ and the fans are asking for the video, That’s why I will be doing Memories first as soon as possible. so I want to begin shooting this weekend or ASAP,” he said.
He will be working with well-known music video director Robin Chin to shoot Memories as well as visuals for another bouncy single called Special Attention.
He has been getting attention in dancehall circles with songs like the socially conscious Guide Over Us, and the hilarious Ms Kitty.
He grew up in August Town where he attended Hope Valley Primary. He excelled at football got selected to play for the Jamaica Under-15 national team before migrating to live in Queens, New York in 1999.
Eyes Can See, his first song, was released for Nijeri Records on September 11, 2020.
He has opened for artistes such as Spragga Benz, Vybz Kartel and Agent Sasco at shows in Brooklyn, New York, and at dancehall events held at the Wild Hare club in Chicago, Illinois. He has also opened for Sean Paul in a club show in Poughkeepsie, New York.