BUDDING Bulawayo reggae artistes Sydney Nkomazana and Asher Baton feature in an international reggae album compiled by prolific Jamaican producer Gangalee.
The compilation was engineered by Richard and is being marketed and distributed by Gangalee Productions Company.
The 10-track compilation features seven Jamaican and two South African artistes, among them Gangalee, Junior Reid, Black Dilling and Jah Thunder.
The track that earned Nkomazana and Baton a slot in the compilation is titled Can’t put me down.
Baton said they were pleased to have a track landing a slot in a compilation of highly competitive Jamaican reggae artistes, who are owners of the genré.
Nkomazana said they had been working hard as reggae artistes for a long time and God had finally rewarded them.
“We have been doing this and we tried to perform in various circles, but people would not embrace us. We are here today and we have thrived to be where we are because we were never copycats and we will not copy anyone. Our hard work has finally paid off, thanks be to Jah,” Nkomazana said.
Baton paid tribute to his father, whom he said nurtured him. Baton said he started playing the guitar with his father Papa Victor, who used to lead the Motsi Uruka reggae band.
Reggae music has become popular and common among the country’s youths and is now usually fused with dancehall.