Described by the government of St. Kitts and Nevis as “a global icon,” the dancehall artiste returned to St. Kitts to much fan fare and celebration earlier this week. Originally born in Jamaica, Byron Messia took up residence in St. Kitts and Nevis at two months old.
The artiste whose real name is Dylan Byron, is tied to Trinidad and Tobago’s Prince Swanny and his Ztekk Records. He was given the keys to the city by the Tourism Ministry in Saint Kitts & Nevis, all as he received a warm welcome by his native Kittitians. A billboard has also been erected at the airport, as the country applauds Byron’s accomplishments, especially the success of his single, “Talibans.”
In a recent interview with Dancehall Mag, Messia said, Talibans is not a crime organization song. “It’s more like telling somebody ‘If you want, we can get down like how di people dem in Afghanistan get down’ song.” The video however showcases the gritty reality that often comes along with a life filled with guns and violence.
Byron will headline the St Kitts music festival on Friday night. His single, ‘Talibans’ sits on his 2023 16-track album, ‘No Love.’