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Slinging tuneage like some fried or otherwise soused short-order cook

19 October 2013

St. Martin - St. Maarten

BettiV is Betty Nisbeth-Karlsson, a singer from the Dutch St. Maarten. She has been dubbed “the voice of conscious reggae”.

BettiV has been singing & performing since the age of 12, when she blew away her local church congregation with her rendition of “Tomorrow” by the Winans. She was known as a shy scrawny little girl. No one ever expected such a powerful, sultry, soulful voice was hiding under the unassuming surface. From that time on BettiV participated in various children’s song festivals, winning the St. Maarten’s Third Annual Children’s Song Festival in1983. She was also a member of the children’s choir The Lollipops, led by St. Maarten’s Ambassador of Music, Ms. Anastacia Larmonie.

During the 90s BettiV sang backup & then lead for bands like Bad Boys, Tonka & Friends, & Phenomenon. As lead singer for Phenomenon, she had the opportunity to perform at a private yacht party hosted by Herbie Hancock & Michael Douglas.

In 2005 Betty joined the renowned international Saint Martin band Youthwaves as female lead singer. They have performed in Dominica, St. Kitts, Tortola, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Barts, French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Marie Galant, Le Saint, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, & the USA. They’ve opened concerts for world renowned bands like Kassav, Tanya St. Val, Lovendere, Lucky Dube, Steel Pulse, Digital Express, 727 La Rose, Mary J. Blige, Beres Hammond, Les Aiglon, Wyclef Jean, Njie, & Shaggy, among others.

In 2008 BettiV recorded her first zouk solo track, a cover of “Into You” originally performed by Tamia on their album Voices. As a solo artist, BettiV has recorded her first original single “Hold On” & is presently recording her second single “Spend Some Time”. Her album is scheduled to be released November of 2013. So this is an early warning teaser. “Hold On” is her original first single. The other tracks are all live performances.

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Tracklist –
Hold On
Girl on Fire – BettiV
You Can Do Anything – BettiV & Bankie Banks
Ain’t No Sunshine
No Woman, No Cry - BettiV & Manu
I Dare You
Waiting in Vain - BettiV & Percy Rankin

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