Watch Sting And Shaggy play “Englishman in New York”, “Do not Make Me Wait” and “Form of My Coronary heart/Lucid Goals” on the Tiny Desk.

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July 10, 2019 | Josh Rogosin — Sting and Shaggy may not be the most certainly musical pairing. However one factor is for certain, they love enjoying one another’s music. On a shiny autumn morning, the legends arrived on the NPR Music workplace bleary-eyed but excited to play for the varied workers of Shaggy and Sting followers. What shocked a lot of my NPR colleagues is simply how properly the collaboration works.

Their success as a duo should not come as a complete shock. In spite of everything, pulsing by way of many Police songs (Sting’s famed band of the ’70s and ’80s) is a Reggae backbeat. It is unattainable to not hear the affect in classics like “Strolling On The Moon” and “So Lonely.”

Shaggy (zoinks! – his nom de guerre comes from the Scooby-Doo cartoon character) was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He moved to New York when he was 18 and his music evokes solely good vibes. The constructive power he delivered to their opening tune, “Englishman [and Jamaican] In New York,” had everybody within the room grinning ear to ear, “early morning Reggae model,” as he put it. After the tune, Sting introduced “I by no means sang that tune earlier than 8 PM… Ever!”

Sting’s acquainted, raspy voice was accompanied by his battered 1957 Fender Precision bass he is plucked for over 25 years. His long-time guitarist and collaborator, Dominic Miller, strummed Reggae offbeats on acoustic guitar and co-wrote the hauntingly stunning “Form Of My Coronary heart.” That tune is mashed-up with Juice Wrld’s “Lucid Dream,” sung by Gene Noble, providing a refreshing counter to Sting’s nuanced melody.

Shaggy affectionately refers to his collaborator as “Stingy,” placing his arm round him mid-performance. It is simple to see the comradery that being on the street collectively affords these veteran musicians, to say nothing of the breath of recent air they carry to one another’s music.

“Englishman in New York”
“Do not Make Me Wait”
“Form of My Coronary heart/Lucid Goals”

Sting: vocals, bass, guitar; Shaggy: vocals; Dominic Miller: guitar; Gene Noble: vocals; Melissa Musique: vocals

Producers: Abby O’Neill, Morgan Noelle Smith; Inventive Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, CJ Riculan, Maia Stern, Beck Harlan; Editor: Kaylee Domzalski; Affiliate Producer: Bobby Carter; Picture: Cameron Pollack/NPR
Sting And Shaggy: NPR Music Tiny Desk Live performance

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