Colin Patrick Harper, better known by his stage name Collie Buddz, is an American/Bermudian reggae artist best known for his single “Come Around”. Although born in New Orleans, Louisiana, his mother was born in a small Jamaican village and he was raised in Bermuda, where his father was born.
Collie Buddz was on Billboard to talk about Self-Producing His ‘Hybrid’ Album & The Benefits of Going Independent. He praises Ghanaian Top Skanka Stonebwoy and said he was one of the first [afrobeat] artists he ever heard that sounded more Jamaican.
Read what his interview with Billboard below;
Billboard interviewer asked him about collaborating with Stonebwoy on his song Bounce; “It’s great to see you collaborating with artists from different genres, like afrobeat star Stonebwoy on “Bounce It.”
Collie said; “My first two shows out in Africa were Tanzania and Uganda. I found out that they loved reggae music. They welcomed me into their culture as well. That’s also the first time I heard afrobeat. I was like, “Well this is kind of like dancehall with a little swing to it!” I fell in love with it and been listening ever since. Stonebwoy was one of the first [afrobeat] artists I heard that sounded more Jamaican, just the lyrics and the beats he chooses. I never would’ve thought he was from Ghana.
So again, [our meeting] happened organically through Instagram. I put up a little clip on it and he responded with a bunch of flame emojis. So I hit him up and asked if he wanted to be part of this. Yo, Instagram is the best thing ever; half my album happened because of it.”
Full interview on Billboard here