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Reggae icon Buju Banton enlists John Legend for forthcoming album’s lead single ‘Memories’: Listen

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‘Memories’ isn’t like the Buju Banton’s past releases, which often featured him as the hook-master or fellow Jamaican artists, it is a “special” love song that looks to bring Buju’s classic sound back into the American market. Readying for his first full-length release in ten years, the John Legend-assisted single follows the GRAMMY-Award winning pair’s first time working together in 2009 for ‘Can’t Be My Lover’. If you didn’t know, the two artists talked about the backstory of the collaboration on a live Instagram video chat. Hopefully, you’ll be able to see it in one of their Stories, or someone recorded it and uploaded it to YouTube.

Things change, people change, time changes but good friendship and memories will never change. This is another special one with my good friend John. We hope the masses love it, says Buju Banton.

John Legend declares, I was so excited to collaborate with Buju on another song. He’s an icon, and this song is another classic.

Listen to the track from the forthcoming album ‘Upside Down’ below.


Written by Richardine Bartee

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