Buju Banton Personal Reggae Playlist Check Out His Favourite Songs

Buju Banton Confirms New Music Is On The Way With Studio Video ...Last week, Buju Banton released Upside Down 2020 – the first album from the Grammy-winning reggae icon in a decade. To celebrate the long-awaited record, we asked Banton to share his favourite tracks in honour of International Reggae Day today, with a stellar playlist featuring everyone from Bob Marley to Burning Spear. To discover even more great music, head over to GQ‘s Vero, where Banton has chosen five more reggae tracks exclusively for our channel.

‘Cherry Pie’ by Buju Banton feat Pharrell Williams

“My children and I worked with Pharrell Williams on this – it was a beautiful, beautiful experience. They enjoyed it and I know they walked away with a different insight and a whole different direction on the way of life.”

‘Prison Oval Rock’ by Barrington Levy

“I like this Barrington Levy song, which goes, ‘Some call it Spanish Town, but a Prison Oval Rock’. To me, ‘Prison Oval Rock’ has always been a great party starter and for some strange reason I always have it on most of my playlists.”

‘War In The dance’ by Frankie Paul

“We know this as ‘Warriors In The Dance’, but the correct name is ‘War In The Dance’ by Frankie Paul. This is also a party starter, if you know what I mean. When this plays, the dance is going to be off the chain. The vibe is going to be just one of a kind.”

‘Water Pumpee’ by Tony Tuff

“I love this music, because I grew up in an era when you’d enter the dance hall and hear these songs being played, where the DJ would turn the flipside over to an instrumental. The next song to fall into that category is ‘Water Pumpee’ by a singer by the name of Tony Tuff. ‘It’s strange, oh the dancing…’ Music has always been a part of our ting over here in Jamaica.”

‘Mind Control’ by Stephen Marley

“If you listen to this song, you’ll hear the way the proverb comes across with a message. This is the essence of what music is about. It’s when you can sing, you can dance and enjoy yourself as much as you want, but you must be aware you are not the only one out there. Other things are going on around you, other people are messed up, so to speak. So here’s what’s going on.”

‘Kaya’ by Bob Marley

“This is another favourite of mine. Why ‘Kaya’? Because I love my herb. When you have your kaya in your hand and you’re listening to this, it’s a different feeling, man.”

‘Johnny B Goode’ by Peter Tosh

“The next song that I love to listen to while I’m on the vibe of meditation is ‘Johnny B Goode’ by Peter Tosh. ‘Deep down in Jamaica, close to Mandeville…’ I think that song is beautiful. I mean, Peter Tosh absolutely killed it.”

‘Marcus Garvey’ by Burning  Spear

“I’ll always respect Burning Spear – he is one of the founding fathers and teachers in reggae music. The first words in this song are, ‘Marcus Garvey words come to pass’. It’s an important track about a man who stood up when no one else would and spoke up when everyone else chose to be silent.”

‘One Man Against The World’ by Gregory Isaacs

“This song I play on a regular. It reminds me [that] the struggle is real.”

‘Blessed’ by Buju Banton

“Last but not least, I want to leave you with one more song, my favourite song from the new album. Why ‘Blessed’? My tribulations and all that I’ve been through and my people’s tribulations and suffering and all that they’ve been through, no words can explain and no words can express, but we know one thing: we’re resilient and will always be resilient, because we know one thing, that we are blessed.”

Head to GQ’s Vero to see Buju Banton’s full playlist, featuring five more reggae tracks chosen exclusively for our channel. Follow @britishgq on Vero for exclusive music content and commentary, all the latest music lifestyle news and insider access into the GQ world, from behind-the-scenes insight to recommendations from our editors and high-profile talent.

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