EASY RIDERS: Shaggy and Sting have got your number.
JANUARY’s renewal of the Shaggy & Friends charity concert was memorable for several reasons, chief among them the addition of Grammy and Oscar winner Sting to the lineup for the first in the show’s decade-long history. It was at Shaggy & Friends that Sting and Shaggy, joining forces on stage, revealed their plans to release a collaborative album. They’ve made good on their promise.
44/876 (A/M and Interscope Records), which also comes with a deluxe version, is scheduled for release on April 20. “Don’t Make Me Wait” is the album’s lead-off single.
The album, a mélange of styles and sounds (reggae/dancehall flavour, pop sizzle, funky grooves), was recorded in Jamaica and New York, with the powerhouse duo being joined in the studio by various collaborators (musicians, writers, producers), such as hitmaker Robbie Shakespeare (Sly Robbie), deejays Aidonia and Agent Sasco, roots-reggae ambassadors Morgan Heritage, Branford Marsalis, Shane Hoosang and Sting’s guitarist Dominic Miller.
The iconic recording artists, representing two dynamic cultures: British and Caribbean, will be extending the collaboration by embarking on a joint European tour this summer. But before they hit the road, they have booked a handful of television spots, including appearances on Live with Kelly and Ryan (on April 24) and The View (on April 25).
> Playlist: 5 Essential Shaggy Collabos
“It Wasn’t Me” with Rik-Rok
“Wild Tonite” with Olivia
“Angel” with Rayvon
“You Girl” with Ne-Yo
“This Feeling” with Beres Hammond