Shaggy, Sting release island-flavoured song

January 25, 2018
International recording artistes Sting (left) and Shaggy perform their new single for the first time in front of an audience during the Shaggy and Friends concert held on the lawns of Jamaica House in St Andrew earlier this month.

After giving the audience at the Shaggy and Friends concert a taste of their new song, Sting and Shaggy will release the Caribbean-flavoured song today. 

The announcement was made yesterday by Interscope/A&M Records who said Don't Make Me Wait will be available on all digital platforms.

This song will be followed on April 20 by a collaborative, island-influenced album, entitled 44/876, that reflects the duo’s mutual love of Jamaica, its music, the spirit of its people and vibrancy of its culture.

Sting and Shaggy were initially introduced by Martin Kierszenbaum, who is Sting’s manager and Shaggy’s former A&R executive. After Sting heard a new track that Shaggy was working on, they decided to go into the studio together. Initially, the plan was to only record Don’t Make Me Wait, but the rhythms, lyrics and melodies flowed readily between these two accomplished musicians and, as a result, more new songs emerged.

The two wrote and jammed together for a few weeks in New York City, creating music that seamlessly blends Caribbean rhythms — in traditional and modern styles — with pop craftsmanship and rock energy.

The artistes were joined in the studio by musicians and writers from Jamaica and New York, including the legendary Robbie Shakespeare of Sly and Robbie, dancehall sensation Aidonia, Agent Sasco and Sting’s longtime guitarist — Dominic Miller, as well as writers Tyrantula, Dwayne 'iLLwayno' Shippy, Shane 'Gold Tips' Hoosong, Machine Gun Funk and Patexx. The sessions were produced by Sting International, who has previously worked with Shaggy on global smashes such as Carolina, Boombastic and It Wasn’t Me, and executively produced by Martin Kierszenbaum, who has previously written/produced songs for Sting, Madonna and Lady Gaga. Sting International, Robert 'Hitmixer' Orton and Tony Lake mixed 44/876.

The accompanying music video which will be released soon was directed by Gil Green. 


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