A new rendition of Bob Marley and The Wailer’s single, “Stir It Up,” which was first released in 1973, has been created and it features Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie.
The Ghanaian rapper reveals that he did four verses before finally settling on the one he had done in his native language saying that the late reggae legend’s team preferred that particular one.
“I sent a verse which I rapped 80% in English but Bob marley’s team insisted I rap in my native language (Twi) because that’s the main reason they chose me.” Says Sarkodie.
When speaking on this historic collaboration with Bob Marley, Sarkodie said that this project is the biggest in his entire career adding that he had to give it his best since it is such an honour to work with Bob Marley’s original vocals.
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“Definitely one of the highest moments in my career/life… It’s been a BIG torture keeping quiet about this particular project but I guess it’s always the best when timing is right. Big shouts to the team at Island records, my team and the Marley family for getting me on this amazing project with the legend Bob Marley. Such a blessing to lay my vocals right next to the original vocals of the legend,” he says.
“Stir It Up” was the first single that Bob Marley wrote that became successful outside of his hometown Jamaica.
It was originally composed by the legend in 1967 and later covered by American singer, Johnny Nash, on his 1972 album I Can See Clearly Now.
By Stella Anyango