Island-Pop star Conkarah is quickly proving a worldwide summer sensation with his breakthrough hit single, “Banana (feat. Shaggy) [DJ Fle – Minisiren Remix],” available now via S-Curve Records/BMG at all DSPs and streaming services. A playful take on the traditional Jamaican folk song, “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song),” the track – featuring Conkarah’s fellow Jamaican, 2x GRAMMY® Award-winner Shaggy – is joined by a brand new companion video, filmed earlier this month in Kingston, Jamaica by director Jay Will (Major Lazer, Third World) and streaming now via YouTube.
WATCH “BANANA (FEAT. SHAGGY) [DJ FLE – MINISIREN REMIX]”
“It brings joy to my soul when I can share impactful rhythmic sounds that can alleviate some chaos in the world right now,” says Conkarah. “This is why I live for music. It changes and evolves us no matter how trying the circumstances are.”
“I make songs to put smiles on people’s faces and to make people happy,” adds Shaggy.
Last Friday, Conkarah joined Shaggy for a red-hot live performance of “Banana” on ABC’s Good Morning America, streaming now.
WATCH “BANANA (FEAT. SHAGGY)” LIVE ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA
This coming Friday sees the release of a spectacular new remix EP, featuring inventive flips of “Banana” by an array of international superstar DJs including Dave Audé, Dinaire+Bissen, Faustix, Lady Bee, James Anthony, and New Zealand’s DJ FLe, the latter of which has already proven equally popular to the original version.
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Indeed, “Banana” and its “DJ FLe – Minisiren Remix” now boast over 430 million combined global streams to date after five weeks (and counting) in the Spotify “Global Viral 50,” making Conkrah the 406th most listened to artist in the world on Spotify this month. What’s more, “Banana (feat. Shaggy) [DJ Fle – Minisiren Remix]” is accompanied by an official lyric video, now with over 10 million individual views at Conkarah’s official YouTube channel.
WATCH “BANANA (FEAT. SHAGGY) [DJ FLE – MINISIREN REMIX]”
Currently climbing iTunes’ Pop Chart in 16 countries around the world, “Banana (feat. Shaggy) [DJ Fle – Minisiren Remix]” is now impacting at multi-format radio outlets across America. The track is shaping up to be among the top songs of the summer, with over 430 million total streams across an array of platforms. “Banana (feat. Shaggy) [DJ Fle – Minisiren Remix]” has fast ascended content charts around the world, rising to #5 on Shazam’s “Top 200 Global” while reaching the top 10 in 25 countries. In addition, the single recently hit #12 on Spotify’s “Global Viral 50” and #73 on the “Global Top 200.”
As if that weren’t enough, “Banana” recently ranked as the #1 Sound on TikTok, featured in over 27 million user-generated videos thus far. Indeed, the track has charted in over 20 countries, fueled in part by the hugely popular #BANANADROP dance challenge, including videos by such celebrities and top influencers as Jason Derulo, Charli D’amelio, Nicole Scherzinger, Chiara Ferragni, and Neymar.
Born Nicholas Murray, Conkarah’s love for music started as a child in Kingston, Jamaica singing his favorite songs to his mother – from homegrown legends, Bob Marley and Gregory Isaacs, to an eclectic mix of American classics, including Boys II Men, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Backstreet Boys. Still, as son to a famed member of Jamaica’s national football team, his burgeoning musical interests came second to sports. When a career-ending injury took him from the field, Conkarah placed his substantial energies towards music, writing his own original songs while also recording soulful covers of his favorite records, accenting each with his signature warm island flare. His heartfelt renditions of pop hits soon earned a worldwide fan following, with over 288 million combined views and more than 750,000 YouTube subscribers to date. Indeed, his rendition of Adele’s “Hello” – featuring Rosie Delmah – reached the top of Spotify’s “Global Viral” chart while the official video has garnered over 108 million views via YouTube alone HERE.
With his audience growing daily, Conkarah embarked on two global tours, stamping his passport across more than 20 countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and South America. 2017 saw his TIMELESS LOVE EP peak at #4 on Billboard’s “Reggae Albums” chart, followed the next year by the release of his acclaimed debut album, EXCITA, a genre-blurring collection of original music available for streaming and download HERE.
The phenomenal multi-platform global success of “Banana” has now brought the talented young star full circle. Having first found fame by reinventing hit records, Conkarah has given the whole world his own extraordinary song to sing along with.
When it comes to making dancehall reggae hits that rock the world and stand the test of time, nobody does it better than Shaggy.
Born Orville Richard Burrell and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Shaggy got his start as a club DJ in New York City’s burgeoning dancehall scene soon after moving to Brooklyn in his teens. Not long after serving four years in the U.S. Marines (including two tours of duty in the Middle East as part of Operation Desert Storm), he inked his first record deal and quickly scored a global crossover smash with “Oh Carolina.”
The two-time GRAMMY Award-winner & only diamond-selling dancehall/reggae artist in music history, Shaggy, managed by the Cherrytree Music Company, has sold more than 40 million album units to date, in addition to landing eight singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and seven albums on the Billboard 200 (including four in the top 40). Along with his collaborative album with Sting, 44/876 (winner of Best Reggae Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards), his most recent projects include his 12th studio album Wah Gwaan?!, a 2019 release that amassed over four million streams during its first week on Spotify alone and spent a chunk of that year in the Top 10 of the Apple iTunes Reggae Chart.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of his diamond-selling album, Hot Shot, a brand-new album entitled Hot Shot 2020, featuring updated versions of the biggest hits and most beloved fan favorites across Shaggy’s catalog, along with a number of never-before-heard tracks, was just released.
For Hot Shot 2020, Shaggy revisits his classic hits from “It Wasn’t Me,” “Boombastic,” to “Oh Carolina” and “Angel” (ft. Sting) in addition to five unreleased tracks, including the chart-topping, viral sensation, “Banana” with fellow Jamaican artist, Conkarah which has amassed 27 million Tik Tok videos and 20 billion video views!
To celebrate the release of this new album, Shaggy will perform his most beloved hits, featuring special appearances by Sting, Rayvon & others, for a digital music event – “Hot Shot 2020 Album Release Celebration” on Wednesday July 15 at 8pm CET/ 2pm EST/11am PST.
Not only a multi-award-winning songwriter and hitmaker, Shaggy has long used his platform to strengthen his community and homeland, with his Shaggy & Friends benefit concerts raising millions for the Bustamante Children’s Hospital (the Caribbean’s only English-speaking children’s hospital, located in Kingston).
Official website: http://shaggyonline.com/
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