New music from roots-reggae crooner Garnett Silk could be on the way, according to his widow Novlyn ‘Lovey’ Banton.

Mother to four of his seven children, Banton, made the revelation during a recent Instagram live with producer and reggae enthusiast DJ Khaled.

“I was talking to Donovan Germain…he said he has some songs that are unreleased, but I haven’t gone to him to listen to it…” she said.

Germain, principal at Penthouse Records, was one of the early producers to work with Silk during his two-year career. Among their creations were Lion Heart (1992), Fussing and Fighting (1994), Man is Just A Man featuring Tony Rebel (1994), and Complaint, also released that year with a remix featuring Buju Banton.

In 2014, Germain commemorated Penthouse’s 25th anniversary with the release of a compilation that included two previously unreleased tracks from Silk: My Favorite Song and a remix of his classic Everything I Got.

This year marks 26 years since Silk’s ‘message music’ mission was intercepted when he died in a fire in his Mandeville home town. In December 1994, Silk left a pregnant Banton in Kingston to visit his mother, Etiga Gray, in Hatfield Ward Park, where he was building her a house. A week into his visit, they both perished in a fire at Gray’s home.

Silk was just 28-years-old.

Though his career was short-lived, Garnett’s legacy remains immortal, which Khaled attested to.

“Your husband Garnett Silk, he was such a person in my life that his music helped me through so much and still helping me,” Khaled said. “What they used to call him? Archangel?”

Banton confirmed.

Silk, whose given name was Garnett Smith, formed part of the Pan-African, roots-revival wave which challenged the gritty, gun culture lyrics of Dancehall at the turn of the 1990s. He formed close friendships with performers Tony Rebel and Yasus Afari, and the latter influenced his Rastafarian faith.

His musical influences (including Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Freddie McGregor, and Stevie Wonder), paired with his faith, played a crucial role in shaping his catalog of black consciousness and spirituality. His repertoire includes classics like Bless Me, Kingly Character, It’s Growing, Nothing Can Divide Us, Zion in a Vision, and Mama Africa.
-Dancehall Mag