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Vote for SteFyah in online poll!

A Bermudian musician is asking residents to vote for him in a reggae competition this month.

Stephen Robinson, Jr, known as “SteFyah” is taking part in the ReggaeSpace Seed New Artist Awards competition. He is currently living in London, England.

In February, SteFyah was officially named a finalist in a group of 12. He was selected from 70 entries from around the world.

Ultimately, only one male and one female can be crowned as the winners. There is a public voting poll now open and is directly accessible through the Internet. Votes can be placed only once every 24 hours. The following day another vote can be made. The polls close March 16.

Winners receive the services of Promotance Publicists for free and the opportunity to sing for five record labels around the world and work with their producers.

“This is a foundation and stepping stone to so much more,” SteFyah said. “I am asking all who have access to a computer to please vote and show support in every way possible.”

The 23-year-old moved to London in September to study at the Alchemea College of Audio Engineering. He also wanted to see the world and to expose himself to a different way of life.

“In London, a lot of people ask me what it is I do, after I tell them I’m from Bermuda,” he said. “So upon answering I often sing something. I don’t just tell them. It is a sort of show and tell. As an artist this aspect of confidence is important.”

SteFyah comes from a musical family. His father Stephen Robinson, Sr, and uncle, Gary Bean, are both musicians. Early on, he showed an interest in drumming. He would bang on whatever surface he could find until his parents finally signed him up for drumming lessons at five. He attended CedarBridge Academy and, in his early teens, played at numerous venues and events around Bermuda. He began to take his talent seriously about four years ago and aimed to develop his vocals and sense of style.

“Reggae music and the importance of its message means a lot to me and has shaped me as a man,” he said. “Positivity in life first creates a balance and then an awareness of anything that is negative and destructive. My message is positive and non-destructive one people of every race, age, and genre need to hear. My drive and ambition to progress as an artist and public figure is a journey worth taking and living for. I do the things I do for the people and my love for humanity.”

Fans can reach SteFyah through Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. They can hear his current single, ‘Come Over’, on YouTube. The song was produced in London and released digitally in January.

“So far I have received a lot of support, but mostly from this side of the world [London], being this is the region I live in,” he said. “The message has reached Bermuda by means of internet and through friends and family. However, I strongly feel that only a small percentage of the people have received the news. I want to encourage the people of this world to live in love. They should stop fighting and start loving. These words of self-empowerment drive my ambitions and my intentions are only to see the world living in love.”

To vote for SteFyah go to www.reggaespace.com/seedvote.

Stephen 'SteFyah' Robinson Jr

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Published March 07, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated March 07, 2012 at 8:04 am)

Vote for SteFyah in online poll!

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