Jamaican songstress Shenseea is doubling down on her perspective that Bob Marley is a more distinguished celebrity than Michael Jackson. She explained her reasoning while attending the film premiere on Tuesday night in Los Angeles.
Shenseea, born in Jamaica, is searching for to interrupt into the American hip-hop market. Nonetheless, she irked her American followers and potential fans last yr after she made the daring claim that many felt discredited Michael Jackson’s prominence globally.
Nonetheless, while attending the Bob Marley: One Love premiere, Shenseea explained her since-deleted tweet, noting that Bob Marley’s influence as an artist is more significant than Michael Jackson’s globally, and his music and culture are still loved and revered worldwide.
Shenseea and Omarion at Bob Marley: One Love Los Angeles premiere / Paramount
“I just consider that facts are facts,” Shenseea said in an interview with PEOPLE. “From anyone who got here from my country, I’m going all over the place, and I see people wearing dreads. They’re smoking a giant spliff. They’ve the Rasta colours. They’re attempting to emulate who Bob was and what he represented,” Shenseea.
The “Hit & Run” singer also explained that she is a fan of each Bob and Michael, and her opinion doesn’t diminish Jackson’s contributions. Still, from her perception after traveling and meeting people, Bob’s influence is pervasive.
“I just feel like all around the world, you hear some style of reggae music, and Bob Marley is the primary leading act for that,” she said.
Shenseea also said she was inspired by Bob Marley’s influence and profession, which has transcended generations of people that proceed to like and play his music. Marley’s albums have been a staple on streaming platforms for years, only momentarily disrupted by newer music before they return.
“He has inspired me … to take my culture globally in a special generation. He has done it and so it has inspired and motivated me to consider that I could do it,” Shenseea said.
Shenseea also said she admired Marley’s authenticity and the way he remained true to himself despite being all around the world and experiencing other people’s cultures- something she adopted in her life.
Within the meantime, the Bob Marley: One Love biopic is about to come back out in theatres on Valentine’s Day.