Joe Samba Releases Tribute to Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” on Song’s 45th Anniversary

Joe Samba

Releases Tribute to

Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now”

on Song’s 45th Anniversary


PRESS HERE To Watch In-Studio Video

(screenshot from Joe Samba’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” in-studio music video)

Los Angeles, CA – January 26, 2024 – Rising singer, songwriter, and guitarist Joe Samba, who finds the sweet spot between smoked-out Caribbean bliss and sweat-soaked punkified energy, has released an incredible new tribute for the Queen hit “Don’t Stop Me Now” to mark the song’s 45th Anniversary. The legendary British rock band originally released the track as a single on January 26, 1979. Joe’s version features Dave Petti on drums, Justino Lee Walker on guitars, and Billy Kottage of The Interrupters on keyboards and trombone. PRESS HERE to listen and PRESS HERE to watch the in-studio music video, directed by Tyler Ayers and filmed at and produced by Revelry Studios in Manchester, NH.


“Queen, without question, is one of the most legendary rock bands to ever do it. They’re also one of the most musical and technical to be ‘popular music,’ shares Joe Samba. “I have always thought, any band that can cover a Queen song and do it justice is world-class. What made me want to cover ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’? Well, maybe 8 or 9 years ago, my friends and I would go to our local bar for their weekend karaoke night. It was always a fun night out drinking with friends. ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ was my go-to karaoke song. The people at the bar would always turn up and start dancing and cheering every time I did it, so it became a thing when I went to do karaoke. Fast forward to now, I have an opportunity to cover it, and hopefully do it justice myself! Freddie Mercury isn’t the easiest vocalist to follow, but I thought I’d give it a shot. Seeing that this year marks 45 years since Queen released it as a single, I wanted to pay homage to one of the greats. I really hope everybody digs it, from my fans to die hard Queen fans.”


With guitar slung low, microphone turned up, and emotion overflowing, Joe Samba taps into rock ‘n’ roll spirit and reggae soul all at once. The Massachusetts-born and now New Hampshire-based artist sonically teeters on an axis of island-inflected grooves and gritty guitar-craft balanced by his dynamic vocals and honest emotion. Samba first recognized music’s inherent power to connect as a kid, growing up surrounded by music in his household. After testing the waters as a teen in a metal band, Joe soon cut his teeth performing solo in countless bars and watering holes and then, in 2019, released his independent debut, The Wrong Impression, which made a major splash. The album bowed at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart and has since clocked over 2 million streams, thanks in part to the breakout hit “How We Do.” In 2021, Samba signed with LAW Records and, after a string of single drops, released his sophomore album, Far From Forever, in June 2022, highlighted by the fan favorites Create Something, Boomer Economy,” “Beef, and Got It All.” Last year, he released an updated version of “Create Something” featuring Elliot Martin of John Brown’s Body – PRESS HERE to listen to “Create Something” (Minor Version).


In a few short years, Joe Samba has quietly emerged as a phenomenon racking up over 8 million total streams and building up his acclaimed, energetic live show, which led to him embarking on his first-ever headlining tour this past fall. Throughout 2023, Joe also toured extensively from coast to coast supporting Pepper, Badfish: A Tribute To Sublime, and Shwayze, performed at numerous festivals including Summer Camp Music Festival, Cali Roots Festival, Reggae Rise Up Florida and Maryland, and Cali Vibes, and opened for Sublime With Rome, Andy Frasco & The U.N, and Ziggy Marley.


More new music from Joe Samba coming in 2024!


Media Praise for Joe Samba

“Joe Samba has emerged as a purveyor of positive vibes, joyfully merging his optimistic energy with unifying messages delivered via catchy choruses and infectious grooves. His eclectic brand of upbeat reggae rocks with an undeniable soul/funk infused pop-appeal, while leveling his dynamic vocal range and guitar chops against an honest and, at times, raw lyricism.”  Live For Live Music


“Filtering between groovy, rhythmic beats, punk-inspired tracks and mellow tunes, Samba touches on different issues while offering a positive spin through his words. All with a catchy beach vibe attached.”

– Albuquerque Journal


“Samba’s ultra-unique spin on the reggae and progressive rock genres had everyone screaming for more.”

– Nippertown

“Joe Samba is turning heads all over the world.” – Top Shelf Music Magazine

“The fast-rising musician is most known for his soulful, funky, and fun-loving performances.”

– The Pier

“[Samba] skillfully tells stories blending reggae, rock, ska and pop, with thoughtful lyrics, and songwriting.” – Daily Reggae

“Joe Samba blends acoustic vibes with reggae that practically takes you to a better place.”

– OC Music News

“Samba provided an evening full of emotion as he combined a blend of a rock ’n’ roll spirit with a reggae soul. [He] filled the venue with a sonic multi-talent balance of island rhythms and gritty guitar craftsmanship, offset by dynamic vocals and heartfelt emotion.” – Front Row Perspective


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