Latin pop star Maluma has gone on record saying his recent seven-day visit to Jamaica inspired him to continue singing.
Maluma told Entertainment Weekly, “When I took that trip, I really needed a break. Things get busy and you can’t find inspiration on demand. I went with an open heart and an open mind; the people and the sounds of the island were a breath of fresh air – exactly what I needed.”
The result of that was the Colombian singer’s acclaimed EP #7DJ (7 Dias en Jamaica) which saw the chart-topper partner with Ziggy Marley and and long-time collaborator Charly Black.
His collaboration with Marley, Tonika, was particularly special as he indicated Ziggy’s father, reggae icon Bob Marley, was a big part of his initial love for music.
“I remember being a kid in school and the first iPod had just come out; it was enormous! I had that iPod fill of his music, so when I’d travel back and forth from school, it was his voice blasting through my headphones, every note guiding me to a future in music” he related.
He described working with Ziggy as “like having a sliver of the island’s roots embedded in my legacy forever”.
During his time on Jamaica, Charly Black served as his tour guide, showing him the island, which culminated in their track Love. Maluma also recruited Jamaican model, and Miss Universe 2nd runner-up, Davina Bennett, to play the leading lady in his music videos.