Buju Banton Returns With ‘Coconut Wata (Sip)’

The Grammy-Winning Reggae Icon Returns with a Vibrant Dancehall Track

Grammy-winning artist and international reggae icon, Buju Banton, has once again graced the dancehall scene with his latest single, “Coconut Wata (Sip)”. Released under the banners of Gargamel Music, Roc Nation Records, and Def Jam Recordings, the track is a testament to Buju’s distinctive dancehall style and lyrical prowess.

“Coconut Wata (Sip)” is a vibrant dancehall track that encourages listeners to remain positive and resilient in the face of life’s challenges. The song’s catchy rhythm, underscored by slinky keys, sets a lively tempo. Buju’s lyrics urge listeners to take a break from life’s stresses and find joy and peace in simple pleasures. The buoyant dancehall beat, coupled with swaggering verses backed by string samples and sun-soaked sonic flourishes, makes for an intoxicating mix.

This new single follows the global success of “High Life”, a collaboration with Snoop Dogg that has amassed over a million streams and widespread critical acclaim. Buju’s continued success sets the stage for a highly anticipated full-length follow-up to his universally acclaimed 2020 album, “Upside Down 2020”. The album earned a Grammy nomination for “Best Reggae Album” and received rave reviews from The Guardian and Rolling Stone.

Buju started 2023 with a memorable performance alongside Beres Hammond at Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in Priory, St. Ann, Jamaica on New Year’s Day. This marked the first time these two reggae stars headlined a concert together on the island. This performance followed Buju’s return to the worldwide stage at Kingston’s Famed National Stadium during the Long Walk to Freedom Concert, one of the biggest music events in Jamaica’s history.

In 2020, Buju signed with Roc Nation and released “Steppa” and “Trust”, setting the stage for “Upside Down 2020”. The album featured collaborations with Stephen Marley, John Legend, Pharrell, and Stefflon Don, and earned Buju his fourth Grammy nomination.

Buju’s career has been marked by a series of successful releases since his debut in 1992. His 2010 album, “Before the Dawn”, won a Grammy, and his 1995 release, “Til Shiloh”, was certified Gold by the RIAA. The Associated Press has described him as “one of the most respected acts in reggae”, and The FADER hailed him as “a national hero” and “a hallmark of Jamaican culture”. With the release of “Coconut Wata (Sip)”, Buju Banton continues to solidify his place in the annals of reggae and dancehall music.


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