Nello Player

Nello Player

Nello Player

Reggae, Hip-Hop, World
From: Belize, Belize

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Biography: Nello Player


Hailing from the tropical paradise of , up-and-coming recording artist, Nello Player, born Kernelle Nykonie Parks on March 1, 1979 is a true artist at heart, in mind and through body.  Grew up in Belize City, Nello is a skilled athlete and excelled in basketball, softball and soccer throughout his school-days and played on numerous local and national teams.  Currently employed as the Exhibit designer and Educator at the Museum of Belize, Nello Player spends a greater deal of his free time in the studio.


Nello’s interest in music goes all the way to the tender age of ten.  At that time, he was highly influenced by both parents who are avid music lovers.  “My dad used to jam reggae music from Monday to Saturday and my mom would listen to reggae, Christian, Local Sunday folk music, and alternative music on Sunday!”  Nello Player then nurtured his own unique style, finding musical inspiration in the music of his time, then the sound systems of Jamaica such as Stone Love movements, David Rodigan, Killamanjaro (Ricky Trooper), King Addis (Tony Matterhorn and Baby Face), Bass Odyssey and Jamrock, to name a few.   Legendary reggae artists such as Alton Ellis, Delroy Wilson, Bitty Mclean, Alpha Blondy, Dennis Brown, Bob Marley, Tenor Saw, Steel Pulse  Burning Spear, Black Uhuru.  While other artists such as Shabba Ranks , Super Cat, Junior Demus, Mad Cobra, Ninja Man, Bounty Killa, Beenie Man, and Buju Banton has highly influenced his musical style, especially when touching base with his “rude bwai” style.  The Player states that “whenever I start writing a song and thinking about music, I think about making music like Bob Marley…songs that will live on and stand the test of time.  I always think about his positive message in the music and still not overshadowing his at times rude bwai side and persona.” 


During the summer of 2005, Nello Player recorded his first song at Heights of Vibe studio entitled ‘Dream’, a collaboration with Jah Thunda, a reggae artist of David House, home of Reggae dancehall veteran Capleton, in Jamaica.  Since then, The Player’s music is played on numerous radio stations throughout , mainly KREM Radio.  “I love the idea of music being an avenue of expression…a world wide acceptance no matter race, color or creed.”  Kernelle believes that “music if used the right way can be a method of spreading a positive and universal message.” 


And that is the primary goal of the Player’s debut ‘mixtape’ album, “Collective Insight”.  Every song on the album was written and produced by the talented artist.   In 2006, Nello teamed up with ’s Heights A Vibes Crew where he was able to further hone his musical skills through numerous collaboration with artists such as Young C, Dan Marcus I, Terable Tera, Jah Voice and TR.  Ultimately, The Player was featured on the Poor and Famous album which featured 17 of Belize's most high profile talents, including T.R., Young C – the versatile Organizer/producer who created the music riddims. Positive Vibes, Continental Cat, Dan Marcus I, Jah Voice, Not Nice, Remedy and Black Orchid.

Most recent to Nello’s music portfolio is the co establishment of friend and Producer, Young C’s determined to Hustle record label.  This effort has spun a wheel of new productions and hit tunes that have further lead to the riddim release of the acclaimed compilation called ‘Video Touch’.  Video Touch riddim was produced by Young C and marketed by Nello Player and the rest of the ‘Determined to Hustle and Four Tweny soldiers.


In addition to The Player being known primarily for his involvement in music, he has a natural skill as an oil and acrylic painter, making him an artist in the true sense.  Kernelle’s love for the arts includes traditional paintings in oil, acrylics and water paints.  His natural talent for the arts developed from the very young age of nine when he spent a great deal of this time sketching movie characters such as the Ninja Turtles, Superman and Batman.  His artistic skills have since ventured into digital graphics and art.


Nello Player continues to develop beats and write music that will sooth his soul and touch the hearts of listeners who dares to delve in his creative material.  This emerging artist knows what he wants and is determined to achieve his dreams and aspirations.


Nello Player has performed at shows throughout and continues to distribute his music to the radio stations throughout and abroad.

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