Shaggy is set to release his Christmas reggae album later this month.
The ‘It Wasn’t Me’ hitmaker has recruited the likes of Joss Stone, Beenie Man and Ne-Yo for ‘Christmas In The Islands’, which is set for release on November 20, and aims to “transport listeners” to Christmas in the Caribbean.
He said of the 15-track LP: “Since I was a child, I can remember seeing tourists flock to Jamaica during Christmastime for some sun, fun, rum, and great parties! Our island is all about family, friends, food, great beaches, warm, welcoming people, and a strong culture, which is the perfect recipe for a joyous Christmas, so we decided to embody all of that into one album.
“We enlisted some of Jamaica’s leading, iconic artists to participate, and with guests like Ne-Yo and Joss Stone, who frequent Jamaica during the holiday season, we hope to transport listeners and share how we celebrate Christmas in the Islands!”
Shaggy had teased his Christmas album over the summer, and said it has a “Caribbean-style Christmas vibe”.
The singer – who was born in Kingston, Jamaica – said: “I’ve just started a new project. I’m doing this Christmas carol album so I’m trying to do songs with Christmas stuff.”
Shaggy insisted it will be quite distinct from most other Christmas-themed albums.
He shared: “Last night one of the lines we came up with was, ‘I don’t want no icy Christmas, the only ice I want to see is in my cup with some rum’.
“It’s creating a Caribbean-style Christmas vibe ’cause the only Christmas I know is in Jamaica. If you’ve ever been to Jamaica at Christmas it’s the most fun you can have.
“In America or Europe Christmas is about a jacket and it’s cold and there’s snow. I’m not from that culture. I’m from a culture where there’s beach, rum and weed.
“I don’t see why Christmas should be any different.”
The track-listing for ‘Christmas In The Islands’ is:
1. ‘No Icy Christmas’ feat. Sanchez
2. ‘We Got Us’ feat. Shenseea and OMI
3. ‘Take You to the Cool’ feat. Richie Stephens and Conkarah
4. ‘Christmas In the Islands’ feat. Rayvon
5. ‘Holiday in Jamaica’ feat. Ne-Yo and Ding Dong
6. ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’
7. ‘Open Presents’ feat. Romain Virgo
8. ‘Raggamuffin Christmas’ feat. Junior Reid and Bounty Killer
9. ‘Christmas Time’ feat. Jamila Falak
10. ’12 Days of Christmas’ feat. Beenie Man and Craigy T
11. ‘Warm and Easy.
12. ‘Sunny Celebration’ feat. Joss Stone
13. ‘Catch Myself Some Rays’feat. CARYS
14. ‘Love When It’s Christmas’
15. ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas’