In March, Ludacris posted pics of his studio sessions with an array of artists like Anita Baker and Chris Brown and producers Rico Love and Jim Jonsin for his forthcoming album, Ludaversal, which is set to drop in September on his birthday, the 11th. We also know he’s worked again with Usher for it too. While I couldn’t get much more information out of him about it, he did promise it’s 70% done and it’s going to be “a great piece of work.”
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!