FRESH re-released his iconic song It Wasn’t Me along with electronic music producers Tenchi and Embody, Shaggy returns with a new album Com Fly Wid Me.
The new longtime performer is a collaborative effort with rock icon Sting, who produced the album and was born out of a crazy idea Sting had while touring with Shaggy a few years ago.
The album includes reggae performances of some of Frank Sinatra’s classics, such as That’s Life and, of course, Come Fly With Me.
Sting explains: “This idea of getting my friend to sing ten iconic songs from Frank Sinatra’s songbook with a reggae style has been brewing for a long time … I know, it sounds crazy! But every time I went through it no idea made me smile. And what does the world need now, more than anything else … something to smile about! “
“I’ve always been a Sinatra fan,” says Shaggy. “As a child, Frank’s music was often played in our house, and on Sundays, all the Jamaican radio stations were big ones: Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, and so on.” He continues: “It’s great to be working with Sting again. He’s the brother I never knew I needed!”
Sting adds: “The reason reggae can work here is because there’s a joy and energy similar to the energy that Frank’s music had at its peak. You know the songs, you know the voice, you never expected “He’s not trying to be Frank, he’s Shaggy. So relax and let that smile calm the world’s worries.”
Currently touring the UK, we met Shaggy and she created a playlist of reggae and dancehall favorites that follows.
Check out the remaining dates of Shaggy’s UK tour here.
UK DATING DATES:
June 18 – Newport – Isle of Wight
June 21 – London – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
June 22 – Manchester – O2 Ritz
July 20 – Bristol – O2 Academy
July 22 – Sheffield – O2 Academy
July 23 – Solihull – Summer Fest
July 26 – Edinburgh – O2 Academy
July 28 – Lincoln – Engine Cover
July 31 – Milton Keynes – Reggae Fest
Listen to Shaggy’s amazing playlist below and read what she said about the music she selected for us.
Bird – Laa Lee
This is just a track to feel good … always on the go, to blow up the dance floor.
Skillibeng – Whap Whap ft FS
Hard lyrics, well executed and entertaining
Kendrick Lemar – The Heart Part 5
This is Kendrick’s single from his long-awaited album … for me, the video is what makes this song. Glad to hear something new from Kendrick!
Laa Lee, Crystal – Bong Bing
Another song to feel good .. total summer atmosphere and extremely catchy.
Shaggy – Mi Nuh Know
I had to throw this one away! It’s a summer game … a backward dancehall style with forceful lyrics and a contagious chorus of the original eek-a-mouse song, Wah do Dem!
WizKid – Mood ft. Buju
This afro beat track is contagious and very danceable. A party favorite and a must-have game!
Masicka – Suicide note
Smart lyrics: deep and fresh from one of my favorite dancehall artists … this song is just art!
Pheelz with BNXN – Finesse
Just a fun song … to make summer even hotter!
Skeng – Government Shift
This theme is a favorite of the party among the youngest fans of dancehall … and is part of a new movement in the genre … it is an exciting theme with lyrical puns that keeps the ear attentive to the content and they just want more.
Bruno Mars, Anderson, Paak, Silk Sonic – Smokin ‘Out The Window
These guys are the sound of the past to the future and have a lot of fun doing it … and I’m still having more fun listening!