Afropop star Stonebwoy took the airwaves by storm this week, releasing his highly-anticipated fourth studio album, Anloga Junction.
And the best part, it comes with a generous serving of Caribbean flavours in the mix.
The 32-year old Ghanaian artiste, real name is Livingstone Etse Satekla, collaborated with some of the Caribbean’s emerging talent – including Jahmiel and Alicai Harley of Jamaica for the album.
The official lead single ‘Nominate’ features Grammy-winning artiste Keri Hilson, and has generated massive buzz among their fans online – racking up over 750,000 views on YouTube since its première on April 24th.
Speaking to Buzz about his 15-track masterpiece, Stonebwoy said that it was important to acknowledge his African roots and embrace differences in the diaspora. He said his creativity has taken a spiritual path getting to today, beginning in his hometown of Anloga, Ghana.
“The inspiration has been the Africans sound journey and experience and the influence of the West, put together to create a fresh breath of sounds,” explained Stonebwoy, who rose to international stardom after winning 2015 BET Award winner for Best International Act.
He acknowledged the strong reggae and dancehall presence on the album, noting he was excited to work with current players in the Jamaican music circuit to help with the creative process.
His song with Alicai Harley, ‘Understand’, is an uptempo dancehall number. “I’ve connected with a lot of Jamaican artists and created several masterpieces with Jamaicans, their sound and style,” he said, citing his close working relationships withstars such as Sean Paul, Beenie Man, Kabaka Pyramid, Chi Ching Ching, Jahmiel, I-Octane and Agent Sasco, among others.
Stonebwoy also hinted that his track with Jahmiel, called ‘Motion’, may be the next official single off the album.
Jahmiel told Buzz that link came from shared respect for what each has been doing in music. “A mutual friend of ours, Riga Hemphigher, made the link and we met in the physical a year ago in Jamaica,” says the Jamaican reggae sensation.
Looking ahead, Stonebwoy hopes for more opportunities to work with Caribbean artists in the future. “I wish to continue to do more collaborations with more Caribbean family, like Damian Marley and
Rihanna, as these are two people I find to be in the right lane for my creativity. Like the saying goes, the more the merrier and there is strength in numbers and unity,” he stated.
Tenille Clarke is an avid wanderlust, Carnivalist and cultural enthusiast who pens about her ongoing love affair with travel, culture and entertainment through a Caribbean lens. She is the Principal Publicist of Chambers Media Solutions and Managing Director of Industry 360.