Following the recent release of his critically acclaimed album Colors Of Royal, two-time Grammy-nominated artist Julian “JuJu” Marley dropped an animated video today for “Roll (Rodando Mr. Sonic Remix),” which features additional Spanish vocals from Argentinian reggae star Bahiano over a reggaeton-flavored beat provided by Monom Records chief Alexx Antaeus and Venezuelan co-producer, Mr. Sonic. Bahiano’s lyrics compliment Marley’s message of persistance and faith:
Del cielo baja bendicion
Con tanta inspiracion
Agradeciendo siempre al creador
which translates to:
From heaven come down a blessing
With so much inspiration
Always thanking the creator
The animated video premiered on the Monom Records YouTube channel today. Directed by Justin Braham and Maria Somoza, and produced by Roger Carrasco for Level Music Group 305, the new visuals depict Julian and Bahiano rolling through treacherous terrain with Jah serving as their guide.
WATCH “ROLL (RODANDO MR. SONIC REMIX)” ANIMATED VIDEO
Julian Marley expressed his enthusiasm on the remix, “I love the reggaeton vibes of the ‘Roll’ remix. We’re spreading the music and the mission and the message across to all walks of life. It was great working with Bahiano, a great artist and musician from Argentina. It’s all about collaboration. Yea mon, rolling out!”
Co-producer Mr. Sonic said “I grew up listening to Bahiano and Julian’s music, as well as his father. This is a historic recording, as it’s the first time that an Argentine has recorded with a member of the Marley family, and for me as a Venezuelan and as Antaeus from Greece being able to put this together, we know it will have a global impact.”
Co-producer Alexx Antaeus added, “I’ve been wanting to work with multiple Grammy-winning producer Mr. Sonic for a while. When he suggested Argentine reggae star Bahiano, it was a no brainer. I just love this remix.”
Julian connected with Bahiano in Miami this weekend to film the official video for “Roll (Rodondo Mr. Sonic Remix)” at the legendary Circle House Studio. Juju joins Bahiano onstage Saturday night, April 15 at La Scala De Miami for the live world premiere performance of the remix. Tickets available here.
“It has been an amazing experience and a once in a lifetime opportunity collaborating with Julian and Mr. Sonic to create this incredible track,” said Bahiano about the collabo. “And the fact that Julian allowed me write and sing my part in Spanish makes it even more special.”
Julian Marley is breaking free from convention with his new album Colors of Royal, a collaboration project with producer Alexx Antaeus (Earth, Wind & Fire, Rolling Stones,Yaksta), out now on all streaming platforms via Monom Records / Digital Minds. The 8-track collection, which features production work from Alexx Antaeus, Notnice (Popcaan, Spice, Vybz Kartel), Mr. Sonic (Santana, Ricky Martin, Jon Secada), Sean Alaric (Teyana Taylor, Koffee, Protoje), and Prince Productions (Waka Flocka Flame, French Montana, Kid Ink), boasts four new songs, as well as the previously released singles “The Tide Is High” and “Roll,” plus brand new remixes of both.
LISTEN TO COLORS OF ROYAL
Colors of Royal is an exciting departure from Julian Marley’s previous roots reggae offerings, and showcases his versatility as an artist. The album is a testament to the power of collaboration, as Marley and Antaeus have blended their unique styles and influences to create something extraordinary. Colors of Royal showcases a kaleidoscope of sounds and invites listeners to both think about the state of our world today and, at the same time, appreciate and enjoy life.
“This album is all about artistic freedom and exploration,” says Julian. “We wanted to create something that was both true to reggae music and also pushed the envelope, and I think we’ve achieved that with Colors of Royal. It’s a journey through sound and color, and we can’t wait for people to experience it.”
British-born Julian “JuJu” Marley is the son of Jamaican musical icon Bob Marley and Barbadian mom Lucy Pounder. Julian is a roots-reggae musician, singer-songwriter, producer, and humanitarian. Colors of Royal follows Julian’s 2019 Grammy-nominated album, As I Am, which scored millions of streams worldwide, and features collaborations with Jamaican superstars like Shaggy, Beenie Man, Spragga Benz, and Addis Pablo.
Antaeus is an Award-winning music producer, record label owner and GRAMMYS voting member. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Music Industry). For his work, he has received numerous gold and platinum records. His credits include The Rolling Stones, The Boys, Earth, Wind and Fire, Tommy Lee Sparta, Jah Vinci, Yaksta and Julian Marley.
Antaeus achieved worldwide success with his four previous albums: Byzantine Meditation, World Prayer, Zero4 and Chromasounds. His music has been described as a “chill-out soundscape fusing voices, traditional instruments and electronica.” It can easily fall under the downtempo, lounge, world beat and chill genres. His songs have been licensed for TV commercials, and have been used in various compilations, including Buddha Bar.
Bahiano is an Argentine singer/songwriter who first gained international attention as the leader of the reggae band Los Pericos, precursor of the reggae movement in Latin America. He is a past recipient of an MTV Award for Best New Artist from the South. He is currently touring the United States, Argentina, Panama, Mexico, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Bolivia. Bahiano’s latest release is his 2021 album Mucha Experiencia.
Born in Venezuela, Mr Sonic is a multi-Grammy® and Latin Grammy® award-winner. As a producer/engineer, he has been awarded nearly a dozen Platinum and Gold RIAA certifications for his collaborations with artists like Santana, Shakira and Ricky Martin. As an artist, he blends different genres and cultures to create a unique sound that transcends demographics: 80’s Synths with Dancehall and Afrobeats, or Disco with Reggaeton, are just a few of the unexpected yet thrilling sonic journeys he will take you through.