Last week Buju Banton whet the appetite of his fans who were eagerly waiting for some new music from the artiste who had been incarcerated for over 8 years. Fans are craving for more, however, and we are finding out that they might not have to wait much longer.
According to Donovan Germain, Buju Banton’s longtime manager, producer and friend; Buju Banton has already completed the recording of four songs for the album and is working on a few others in between stops on his Long Walk to Freedom Tour.
“We had to spend a lot of time getting his vocals back up to performance standards. You have to remember that the vocal cord is a muscle and because it was not being used during the time he was not performing, that meant we had to do some work. This was three months of rehearsals and exercise to get him conditioned and fit to not only take to the stage but to record as well and hit those notes correctly,” Germain told a Jamaican news outlet.
The album is expected to be completed in about September or October of this year and fans can expect to hear collaborations with both local and international artistes upon its release.
“We are currently looking into that as collaborations is really an important thing in the business these days. Given his long-standing relationship with Wayne Wonder and Beres Hammond, there is a distinct possibility that those two could be the first artistes to share a track with Buju Banton.”
Germain says he is not worried if Buju Banton’s album will be able to appeal to the younger audience as dancehall has changed drastically since Buju’s incarceration. The sounds of Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Capleton, Sizzla and Buju Banton that topped Jamaican music before Buju’s incarceration had to make way for the more up to date sound of Alkaline, Jaheim and most recently Koffee.
He is fully aware of his place in the industry at this time. He is not here to compete with the younger generation, but rather to be an example of the hard work and dedication required to maintain relevance in the business. he is really committed to this. That shows in the hard work he is putting in in the studio.”
There is no doubt that new music from Buju Banton is in strong demand. Just minutes after releasing “Country for sale” the song shot to the top of the Reggae Music singles chart to dethrone Toast by Koffee that had topped the charts for weeks.
Buju Banton is continuing his Long Walk to Freedom Tour where he performed in Grenada last night and will be moving on to the British Virgin Islands next.