The epic collaboration of international rock star Sting and reggae and dancehall superstar Shaggy is finally here. Titled, ‘Don’t Make Me Wait’, the song was performed for the first time ever in Jamaica at the biennial Shaggy and Friends Benefit concert, an initiative of The Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation. All proceeds from the concert go in aid of the Bustamante Hospital for Children – the only children’s hospital in the entire English-speaking Caribbean.
The song has already made major waves with its distinct melody. Read below to get more insight into this historic partnership.
New Single “Don’t Make Me Wait” To Be Released January 25
Island-Influenced, Collaborative Album Out April 20
Interscope/A&M Records is pleased to announce the release of “Don’t Make Me Wait” – the new, Caribbean-flavored song from Sting and Shaggy – available January 25th on all digital platforms (http://smarturl.it/DMMWPresave). The first single will be followed on April 20th 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.
Sting and Shaggy 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 artists 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, DJ 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 Executive 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 duo recently debuted “Don’t Make Me Wait”—on which they effortlessly trade verses, over a smoldering island rhythm—in front of 20,000 people in Kingston, Jamaica at the “Shaggy and Friends” charity concert, which benefited the local Bustamante Hospital for Children. They also filmed a soon-to-be released music video in the heart of the city, directed by Gil Green.
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Read about Sting and Shaggy’s creative process in Rolling Stone Magazine- Inside Sting and Shaggy’s Unlikely, Caribbean-Inflected New Album
For more about the Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation, visit http://shaggymakeadifferencefoundation.org
Stay tuned and keep following the #TeamShaggy4Kids hashtag on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more information on this worthy cause.
For Gleaner articles about Shaggy and Friends, visit http://digjamaica.com/shaggy_articles
For videos about Shaggy and Friends, visit http://digjamaica.com/shaggy_videos