No one saw this one coming; a remake of Bob Marley & The Wailers’ ‘Stir It Up’ featuring Ghanian Hip-Hop superstar Sarkodie is now a thing. Produced by MOG, the remake combines the original song’s signature guitar strums and soothing bounce, with Sarkodie’s signature flow.
The song comes with a thicker bassline and thumping kicks to keep up with the aesthetics of contemporary popular music and to accommodate Sarkodie’s raps as he delivers a verse about a woman he’s in love with. “Her body got my BP going up,” he raps, “So, I just charter a flight straight to Bahamas for honeymoon…”
The song is part of an upcoming collaborative album featuring a soiree of Africa’s most talented stars reworking classic Bob Marley hits. Speaking on this historic collaboration with Bob Marley, Sarkodie said: “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 the 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… I will be sharing how the whole process happened… for now, get ready to enjoy the remake of Bob Marley’s ‘Stir It Up’ produced by MOG.”
The official music video for ‘Stir It Up’ showcases the vibrant relationship between Jamaica and Ghana. With Sarkodie leading on creative direction, these Ghana-shot visuals explore identity, unity and community.
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Watch the music video for ‘Stir It Up’ by Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring Sarkodie below: