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Music lead - March 15.

You'd expect Gary "Nesta" Pine to be most famous for his eight years as the lead singer of Bob Marley's The Wailers.

But after an unlikely turn into the world of European dance music, Pine is now better known as the voice behind acclaimed French DJ and producer Bob Sinclar's summer anthems, including Love Generation, World Hold On and Sound of Freedom.

Pine stormed Jamaica's reggae scene in 1989 and quickly became known as a charismatic and crowd-motivating artist. In 1998, long after Marley's death, he became the lead singer for the Wailers Band, continuing the legacy into the '90s.

Many people know the Bob Sinclar songs (and therefore the voice) but not you. Does this bother you as an artist?

This is what sometimes happens when one artist features on another's record. Each artist has the responsibility to make sure his or her work and identity are known.

How is performing/recording different now to years ago?

There is so much more technology available now. It opens the creative lanes and you can get to anything you want and create with anyone from all over the world without getting on a plane.

What do you miss about The Wailers?

I miss performing with a live reggae band. ?I miss the music and the fans.

Who would you most like to collaborate with now and why?

Lady Gaga. She is wild and crazy. She's a real performer and singer. She is taking over the industry.

What are you working on now?

Working on my album and building my own sound and catalogue. I'm focusing on house music now and the reggae album will come next. I will also feature on Shaggy's upcoming single, Fly High, produced by DJ Voodoo of Ministry of Sound. It's a crazy ride.

Who would you hire to DJ/sing at your 80th birthday?

The Disco Fries, Bob Sinclar, Chris Willis, Cascada, Felix da Housecat.

If you had to explain to your junior school head teacher what you do for a living, what would you say?

I'm an artist. A singer. I bring a message of joy to the people.

What advice would you give to a young musician now?

Practise and be relentless. If that's what you want, go get it.

Have you played in the Middle East before?

It's a great place, great people, fans and spirits. Every time I step there, I feel like I'm home. The Middle East is my best and most exotic place to perform, besides Jamaica. Hands down.

-- K.C.

Pine, whose solo album New Day Ryzin' is out now, will play at Elegante (04-3520900) tonight and at Eight, Shangri La, Abu Dhabi (02-5581988), on Thursday.

meet: Gary 'Nesta' Pine

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Date:Mar 15, 2011
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