Reggae trio pen 'Freedom Story'
Hasani Walters, Gleaner Writer
Reggae superstar Buju Banton, who was recently offered bail by a judge in Florida in his drug-related court case, is the subject of a recent song done by three Jamaican artistes.
The inspirational track, titled Freedom Story, was done for Buju in what the writers describe as "one of the many hurdles in his life".
The song, done by upcoming female artiste Sharrie, Flourgan, a veteran, and Adena Myrie, sister of Buju Banton, is produced by Marvin Williams of Red Hills Road-based Voiceful Records.
The two women spoke of how Buju influenced their careers and said that influence was one of the main reasons they decided to pen the song.
"Marvin came up with the idea for the song. I loved it and I called Adena and we got together and did the song. It didn't even take like a day for us to write the lyrics for the song," said Sharrie.
According to Adena, Buju has a big impact on her career.
"We have a personal relationship, reason being, we're related. I have seen him do music for so long and he's of my own flesh and blood. He's been very influential to me," she said.
The women have been working hard to propel their respective careers.
Sharrie's single with Elephant Man, Can You Manage, has been receiving good rotation on radio and television stations.
Adena Myrie, one of the contestants in last year's Digicel Rising Stars competition, is also steadily building her career with songs such as, I Refuse, Don't Wanna Fight No More with Flourgan and she is currently promoting her new single I'm Sorry for which a video is also in the making.
Her Rising Stars experience, she said, was a good one, "It's one of my major achievements. It allowed me to go out and meet people and it gave me exposure and a lot of experience."
The three artistes feel strongly that Buju will love the song.
"Him know seh wi a support him and him know seh wi really love him. Him ago love it. Support is the thing he needs right now," added Flourgan, who said he decided to lend his voice to the song because of his long-standing friendship with Buju.
"I'm sure this song is motivation for him. To let him know that people out there love and care about him," added Adena.