Island-pop star Conkarah returns with the release of his new single and music video “Banana” [S-Curve Records] featuring fellow Jamaican and GRAMMY award-winning artist, Shaggy, who also co-produced the track. AVAILABLE NOW
The brand new video, directed by Bill Fishman (credits include: New Edition, The Ramones, Bootsy Collins, The Decemberists), premiered today via Conkarah’s YouTube channel, which boasts over 630K subscribers. Always excited to connect with his audience, Conkarah joined in on the fun by using the platform to chat with fans during the worldwide premiere and answer their questions in real-time. The new visuals find Conkarah and Shaggy turning an otherwise boring day at the office into a raucous dance party, courtesy of their infectious new tune. If the comments that poured in from France, Indonesia, NYC and beyond are any indication, “Banana” is achieving its desired effect.
“I can’t wait to share this positive vibration with you all, and it’s an honor to work with Shaggy who is a Reggae/Dancehall pioneer and a Jamaican hero,” said Conkarah.
“‘Banana’ is a modern re-flip of a timeless, classic melody complete with tongue-in-cheek humor in the true Caribbean tradition. Conkarah has a cool delivery and it was fun to complement that on the song with my tone,” said Shaggy.
Written by Conkarah, “Banana” is a playful take on the traditional Jamaican folk song “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” that was popularized in the 1956 hit version recorded by legendary singer/songwriter/activist/actor Harry Belafonte.
The Oxford Dictionary defines a conqueror as “a person who conquers a place or people”. This definition aptly suits recording artist Conkarah, who desires to conquer the world by spreading the positive vibes of reggae music wherever he travels. Having grown up in a culturally diverse home with a British mother and Jamaican father, the Kingston, Jamaica native is almost nomadic as he consistently explores the globe. To date, Conkarah has successfully completed two world tours capturing the hearts of fans across three continents, and of course, the Caribbean and Pacific islands. Conkarah’s unique covers of Billboard chart-toppers have garnered over 200 million combined views and over 630K YouTube subscribers. Conkarah’s most popular cover is Adele’s hit single “Hello” featuring recording artist Rosie Delmah. The video has amassed over 100 million views on YouTube and also hit number one on the Global Viral chart on Spotify. In 2018 he released the Excita album – seven original songs blending Reggae, Dancehall, and Pop. The collection also features collaborations with Jamaican Reggae legend Tanya Stephens and Nigerian Afrobeats king Ice Prince. Conkarah’s 2017 EP Timeless Love peaked at number four on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart and features GRAMMY-winning dancehall artist Beenie Man.