Mega Banton still has a few shots to fire!
Going into 2020, veteran deejay Mega Banton had big plans. He recorded a song with his son and was scheduled to do a number of shows in the United States.
But by February, a mystery virus called COVID-19 was spreading globally and within weeks, most promoters of live shows in the US and Europe had canceled their gigs.
MEGA BANTON STILL HAS A FEW SHOTS TO FIRE!
Heading into Christmas, Mega Banton finds himself back at the drawing board. Best known for the dancehall standard “Sound Boy Killing”, he is preparing to release a slate of songs one of which he is banking on to set the pace for a fruitful 2021.
“Mi jus’ want one bring some good coverage fi help get things back together. Mi have whole heap a song; mi jus’ want one do di job suh mi can unleash di rest a dem,” he said.
“No Way Out” and “Hall of Fame”, which have a One Drop feel, and the hardcore “Win”, are some of the songs Mega Banton is scheduled to release in late November and December. They are done for different producers.
“Golden Moment”, a collaboration with his son Status, is the only single he has released to date this year.
At 46, Mega Banton says he retains the zest of the 1990s when he emerged with songs like “Sound Boy Killing”, “Decision” and “Rise It”. He was a schoolboy at the time, influenced by veterans like Burro Banton and the new sensation, Buju Banton.
He admits getting a hit song in a changing game with hot acts like Popcaan and Tommy Lee Sparta, is difficult.
“Sound Boy Killing” exploded in Jamaican dances in 1993. Produced by Jack Scorpio, it became an instant dancehall anthem in the mould of Tenor Saw’s “Ring The Alarm”, and announced Mega Banton as one to watch.
“Every sound (system) start play it, then di radio man dem start play it an’ VP (Records) pick it up an’ do a remix. Dat propel it even further,” Mega Banton recalled.
His Buju Banton-like tone won him a following in dancehall circles in the US and even some hip hop fans. Heading into a new year, he is determined to show that Mega Banton still has a few shots to fire.
“Times change but wi still have di flow an’ some nice chune. Once dem get di break things will happen,” he said.