The Grammy-winning reggae singer has been busy touring on his “Long Walk To Freedom” tour, but in between shows he found some time to record some new music. Last week, Buju Banton released his first solo single, “Country For Sale,” since leaving prison in December last year.
The track debut at the top of the iTunes reggae chart and has been a huge hit among reggae/dancehall fans who are now hungry for more new music.
The song’s producer, Donovan Germain, who is also a longtime friend and mentor of Buju Banton, confirmed that the singer is working on a new body of work due by the end of the summer. Germain says that Buju recorded four singles and he decided to release “Country For Sale” first. The veteran producer also revealed that the two are putting together an album due between August and September of this year.
“We are trying to get the album ready for this year,” Germain told the Observer. “Like I said he has recorded quite a bit of music and so we are looking at August/September for the album. This song is something that should keep us out there until that is ready; however, we might just drop a deejay tune to satisfy that section of his fan base.”
Buju Banton recently performed at three massive concerts in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados. He also has a couple of upcoming shows in Europe and Africa, but so far there are no shows in the United States and Canada since he is not cleared to travel to those countries due to his drug conviction.
The Gargamel will be performing this weekend in Spice Isle, Grenada before moving on to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.
Buju Banton’s last album, Before The Dawn, was released in 2010. That project earned him a Grammy award in 2011.