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JM | Nov 20, 2020

Shaggy releases Christmas album

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Promo shots from Shaggy’s 2020 Christmas album (Photo: William Richards Photography)

Popular Jamaican and international dancehall artiste, Shaggy has just released his own Christmas album.

The festive album will also see the likes of leading Jamaican dancehall vocalists such as Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Junior Reid, Romain Virgo and Ritchie Stephens putting a Caribbean slant to the yuletide Christmas carols.

In this album, the self-proclaimed Mr Boombastic has gone to being Mr Santatastic giving the musical world a taste of how Christmas is done a yaard.

In one of the singles on the album, Holiday In Jamaica, Shaggy teams up with R&B star Ne-Yo and joins dancehall artiste Ding Dong on a single about sun-fuelled partying, copious rum drinking—to inspire supreme jealousy.

The just-released music video for ‘Holiday in Jamaica’ is fun, aesthetically pleasing and hits all the familiar, Christmassy traditions Jamaicans know and love. (Photo: YouTube)

Another of the single on the album, Shaggy joins Sanchez on No Icy Christmas in which he sings that the only ice he wants to see is in his cup.

Speaking in an interview with NME, Shaggy said the idea of the Christmas album started last year when he and international pop artist, Sting did some Christmas carols namely Silent Night (Morning Is Coming) and Drummer Boy for a Disney special.

Idea for the Christmas album

Shaggy told NME “We talked about doing a Christmas album together. When I finished my tour in the UK this year, I came back to New York and started putting ideas for it together, but COVID-19 hit, and we both got stuck in different places because he’s in the United Kingdom, so I decided it’d end up a Shaggy album.”

Shaggy said when he returned to Jamaica, which had opened up to receiving flights from overseas, he thought of doing the Christmas album with the likes of Beenie Man and Bounty Killer. The idea, he explained was to create a Caribbean experience and calling it Christmas in the Islands.

The first single on the album is Raggamuffin Christmas with Junior Reid and Bounty Killer, which they sing Christmases growing up in the ghetto. Holiday in Jamaica another single with Ding Dong and Ne-Yo. The trio sings from the perspective of a tourist bringing his girl to Jamaica for the warm weather.

Artwork for Shaggy’s ‘Christmas in the Islands’ album. (Photo: Amazon.com)

This is a beach-party-ready dance song with Ne-Yo singing: ‘Tell me weh yuh wah for Christmas…sit pon mi lap wid yuh wish-list’.  Speaking in general about Christmas albums, Shaggy reported that an album creator can be very flexible noting, “with Christmas albums, you can always add songs as you go along. “

However, the secret is to try to make them timeless so next year they can still be relevant pointing to the fact that there has never been a Caribbean Christmas dance album like this one.

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