Bob Marley and The Wailers have joined forces with Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie to bring a new interpretation of Marley’s classic “Stir It Up” as they ring in the new year. The collaboration unites the sounds of the Caribbean and Africa on one of the world’s most recognizable songs, blending Marley’s iconic guitar strums and soothing bounce with Sarkodie’s unique flow. Produced by MOG, the song is expected to bridge the gap between generations, continents, and more.
Bob Marley is a revered figure in modern music, known for his powerful influence and impact on the industry. The Jamaican singer, musician and songwriter is renowned for his socially conscious lyrics and fusion of various music genres such as lovers-rock, ska and rocksteady. He was a pioneer of reggae music and was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. His 1977 album “Exodus” was named Album of the Century by Time Magazine in 1999, and his song “One Love” was designated Song of the Millennium by the BBC.
Sarkodie is a highly accomplished rapper from Africa, with a career spanning nearly 20 years. He is considered one of the most successful African rappers of all time. He made history by being the first winner of BET’s “Best International Flow” award at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards, and he was also named “Artiste of the Decade” at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. Sarkodie’s unique style, characterized by his pace, cadence, and flow, is evident in every track he produces and this collaboration with Bob Marley is no exception.
Sarkodie has expressed his excitement about the collaboration with Bob Marley, stating, “What a way to kick start this year! 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.” He has also acknowledged the importance and historical significance of the collaboration with the legendary Bob Marley.
Sarkodie has also acknowledged the efforts of the team at Island records, his own team and the Marley family for making this collaboration happen. He considers it a blessing to be able to add his vocals to the original vocals of the legendary Bob Marley. He has promised to share more details about the process of the collaboration in the future. He encourages fans to look forward to enjoying the revamped version of Bob Marley’s “Stir It Up” produced by MOG. The official music video for the song highlights the strong relationship between Jamaica and Ghana and showcases the vibrant culture of both countries.
Sarkodie took the lead on the creative direction of the music video, which was shot in Ghana. The visuals authentically explore the themes of identity, unity, and community, highlighting the rich culture and tradition of Ghana while also showcasing the connection to Jamaica and Bob Marley’s music. It was a true representation of the collaboration between the two continents and the message of the song.