Imprisoned Reggae star Buju Banton release New Single
Photos of imprisoned deejay Buju Banton entertaining his fellow inmates at a Georgia correctional facility in the United States recently went viral on social media.
Now, Hype Life Magazine has learned that the Reggae star recently released a new song titled “My Favourite Song.”
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The track, which featured Marco, was produced by Stone Cold Records, and released in July 2015.
Mark Hudson, Head of Stone Cold Records, told media reporters that the was recorded in 2001, but never released.
The producer is not in direct contact with the deejay, but said he sent word about the release to him.
He reportedly decided to release the song to maintain a positive image for Buju Banton amidst “constant negativity about the artiste”.
“Buju has always recorded for Stone Cold. It was the only other label he worked for apart from Penthouse and Gargamel Music. It was voiced long before he went to jail. At the time, he was experimenting with a new sound, faster beats, and so this has a kind of house beat mixed with ska,” said Hudson.
“I decided to take out the track, dust it off, and drop it, as I think everything about this really great artiste is always negative. It is always about his incarceration and not enough about his music.”
Hudson said that he had stopped producing music for a while, but the single “My Favourite Song” is the direction he wanted to take his music.
“Jamaica is no longer just about reggae… we are a music country. Look at the track (Cheerleader) that just made it on Billboard by Omi, it wasn’t a reggae or dancehall sound. I want to take my music to the pop charts… I want to get it into the mainstream,” said Hudson.
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The Reggae artist previously collaborated with Stone Cold Records on tracks such as “Five-O” and “Ready Body.”
Buju Banton, whose given name Mark Myrie, is currently serving a 10-year sentence in a US Federal prison on cocaine charges.
He scheduled to be released and deported to Jamaica in 2019.