Last week, Ghana’s Afro-dancehall prodigy Stonebwoy passed through Jamaica on a short but fruitful business trip. The international recording artiste was here to link up with several reggae and dancehall acts including ‘the Gargamel’ Buju Banton. The Putuu lyricist holds Buju in the highest regard for his ‘schooling on some things’. He also linked with Jah Cure, Sean Paul and Beenie Man - all of whom he dubbed legends in their field.
“Unfortunately, I could only spend three nights (two days) so with limited time I just made sure I pushed for certain things to happen,” he said, adding that, “It is very important for my work that I connect with originators of reggae and dancehall because we need to know the roots.”
The Ghanaian entertainer had social media excited with his posts. He posted an image with Buju Banton, captioned: ‘Young World, Humble Yourselves and Learn From The Foundation’. The post received close to 60,000 likes, with most commentators making guesses that the two had a song brewing.
Stonebwoy explained, “For a while, we were trying to connect, we always trying to make things happen but the pandemic happened, so communication was primarily electronic, so once I came into the place, I made sure we immediately got to work. The time was right. I also did another record with Jahmiel and with Sean Paul and Stone Cold Production Ltd., and Beenie Man for a track that also features upcoming artiste Omah Lay. That’s gonna be good.”
However, he did not reveal the release date for any of these projects and wanted fans to know they could expect more in the coming months. His ‘1GAD’ single was released officially on Friday, February 5 at midnight which he says speaks to his journey to some extent.
“I am trying to create a bridge back to the roots, and it is already happening. I will come to the Caribbean, stop in Jamaica as much as I can to maintain that connection. This year will be an even greater year than last year…we just pray coronavirus subsides. Remember it’s 1GAD!” he said.