Monday, 29 July 2013

THE SHAGGY INTERVIEW (Part II): The reggae icon on books, happiness, food, and making a difference

 WELL SUITED: "I want it to be said that I played a major part in taking the music forward," says the hitmaker, seen here at the Grammy Awards. 

In the first part of TALLAWAH's sit-down with Orville "Shaggy" Burrell, the enduring Jamaican superstar spoke candidly and at length about the art of staying relevant in the biz, balancing career and family, and his forthcoming Sly & Robbie project, Out of Many, One Music, due out in September. Below, read the concluding part of our interview: 

On what he considers perfect happiness: "Happiness for me is being relevant and in a sense that I'm making a difference. So if I'm not making music, I'm making someone else's music, writing for somebody else, producing for somebody else, teaching somebody else. There has to be a cause that I'm involved in. I like to be a strategist about what makes an artist successful."

On his reading life: "I was reading Art of War for a minute, but I'm so busy that I don't get to read that much any more." 

On his culinary diet these days: "As you get older, certain things change. I used to be an oxtail man, but I can't eat so much of it again. I've started more healthier eating. I don't like a lot of grease; I don't eat sweets. I don't really love bread. And that came naturally to me. I just got turned off from certain things after a while."

On how he wants to be remembered: "I just want to make a difference. When people talk about reggae years and years from now, I want it to be said that I played a major part in taking the music forward -- people can't help but mention Shaggy as being a relevant part of the music's history."

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