Peter “Peetah” Morgan, lead singer of three-time Grammy Award-winning reggae group Morgan Heritage, says the line-up of artistes on its thirteenth studio album guarantees to make the project much more memorable.
“The artiste selection was done by letting the music dictate who we thought would fit best on what song. It took plenty of time, but that was OK because we didn’t need to force just anyone on any particular song,” he told the Jamaica Observer’s Splash.
Titled The Homeland, the 21-track set will likely be released on April 21. It features Popcaan, Youssou N’Dour, Shaggy, Beenie Man, Shatta Wale, Mádé Kuti.
Morgan Heritage has already given fans a taste of the album with the discharge of the lead single Who Deh Like U featuring Bounty Killer, Cham and Stonebwoy, which debuted at primary on the US iTunes Afrobeat chart.
Peetah further said the project explores international music to provide it a more holistic feel.
“What’s unique in regards to the album is straightforward: it not only reggae or Jamaica… it’s global. It’s Africa, it’s Jamaica, it’s black music, it’s The Homeland,” he said.
Formed in 1994, Morgan Heritage are children of reggae singer Denroy Morgan, who passed away in March 2022.
Because the trio eagerly awaits the album’s release date, they’re already content with the extent of support they’ve been receiving and is confident that it is going to achieve success.
“To be honest, we have already achieved a lot just by creating an album — a project that may last through the ages. It is a body of labor that may resonate with all generations; young and old,” he said.