Dancehall artiste Stonebwoy has downplayed any negative effect a collaboration with Buju Banton may have on his brand.
According to him, the fact that the Jamaican reggae legend has been to prison means nothing.
It emerged over the weekend that Stonebwoy has recorded a song with Buju Banton.
Stonebwoy met the reggae music legend during a performance at the Afro Nation Festival in Faro, Portugal last week.
While details of their meeting were supposed to remain a secret, music producer Mix Master Garzy let the cat out of the bag.
Shortly after the meeting, Stonebwoy shared photos of their meeting with the caption: “… and the Gargamel Said!! @BujuOfficial.” The music producer’s response gave the world the scoop on what transpired between them.
“Can’t download his [Buju Banton] vocals you sent. Kindly check and send again thanks !!,” he said, hinting that they recorded a song.
“@mastergarzy will resend 🏅” Stonebwoy responded to Mix Master Garzy. The title and release date for the song is, however, unknown.
Born Mark Anthony Myrie, Buju Banton was in December 2018 released from jail after serving eight years of a ten-year sentence.
Reacting to concerns that Buju’s reputation as an ex-convict may affect his brand, Stonebwoy told Andy Dosty in an interview on Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM that he is not worried about that.
“We all go court aaaa,” he said and added that, “This ex-convict came out of prison wey edey fill the stadium,” referring to the reggae star’s Long Walk to Freedom concert which had about 35,000 people in attendance in March.
He believes that the West understands these things and that “If people didn’t [make] mistakes, there wouldn’t be cells.”
The ‘Tuff Seed’ hit singer explained that it does not really matter if the person is an ex-convict, especially when there is no ban on the person.
Stonebwoy is currently embarking on the ‘Shuga Sumer Tour’ which will see him perform in several European countries like Germany, Spain and the UK.
He has over the past few years, worked with major international stars like Morgan Heritage, Sean Paul and Beenie Man.