By Marc Parc
Internationally acclaimed hip-hop superstar and singer, Akon looks to truly connect with fans of another popular genre as he plans to release an all-Reggae album in the near future. intl
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 visited Tuff Gong studios where he worked on projects with prominent Reggae megastars, Damian Marley and Stephen Marley as well as Julian Marley. Additionally, he toured the Bob 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; inspiring him to write four songs a day even.
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, insisting that they would be the best artistes to work with for such a project.
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 with Alliance and We The Best Music Group singjay, Mavado for 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.