by Jodee Brown
Internationally acclaimed hip-hop superstar and singer, Akonlooks to truly connect with fans of another popular genre as he plans to release an all-Reggae album in the near future.
Currently completing work on his fourth studio album,Stadium, the Senegalese-born artiste insists that he was inspired to work on an all-Reggae project after visiting Jamaica in January. During his time in the island, Akon visitedTuff Gong studios where he worked on projects with prominent Reggae megastars, Damian Marley andStephen Marley as well as Julian Marley. Additionally, he toured theBob Marley Museum and even tweeted pictures while on the legendary premises.
In a recent interview with Billboard.com, Akon spoke of his admiration for the Marley’s, insisting that they motivated him to achieve greater heights while in the creative process of music.
“It was such an honor to be in that environment and be inspired by it,” he said.
“They had me writing three to four songs a day because I was so amped!”
Now Akon looks to build off that experience by creating an all-Reggae compilation and even hinted that the Marley’s would feature on the album.
“I always said to myself, ‘When I get to that position when I can do an all-reggae album, I would love to do it,’ and those guys are the best to do it with,” he said.
Akon has joined forces with highly regarded Jamaican acts before, teaming with Reggae songstress, Tami Chynn on the 2008 single, Frozen while most recently collaborating withAlliance and We The Best Music Group singjay, Mavadofor Survivor last Christmas.
Meanwhile, Akon’s Stadium album will feature Stephen Marley on the single, Just a Man.
Stadium is set for release this September.