Hot on the heels of BBC Radio 1 listing It Wasn’t Me as number 5 on its Biggest Selling singles of the 21st Century, I got to talk to Shaggy, over the phone from Jamaica, about his upcoming trip to South Africa for the Mandela Bay Music Fest. He’s on the bill alongside Ne-Yo, Ludacris, Protoje, Shoelace, and recent SAMA winners Mi Casa for the concert taking place in Port Elizabeth in June.
Shaggy – known to his mom as Orville Richard Burrell – is no stranger to South Africa, having visited the country a number of times since 1993, on the back of his hit single Oh, Carolina. But it’s been almost 10 years since he was last there, and he says he’s looking forward to seeing how the country has changed. “I love Joburg, I love Cape Town, and Durban, well, I’ve been going there since ’93, so I really like it too,” he says. You can tell how well someone knows South Africa when they say “Joburg”. Minus points for Jayburg, which I have heard it called more than once!
Shaggy’s been spending time in studio with dynamite dub duo Sly & Robbie recently, saying that working with them was a chance to finally bring their sounds together. In the meantime, he’s released Sugarcane last year, which features this lovely ray of sunshine with Kat De Luna.
Wonder if he’ll have as good a time in South Africa as the one he had in Singapore that resulted in this pose…
Shaggy joins Ne-Yo, Ludacris, Protoje, Shoelace and Mi Casa on June 2nd at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.