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Mumbai was the place to be on Sunday, January 15, 2006 as Channel [v] created history ~ a 12-hour non-stop concert featuring 20 of India’s biggest artists alongside international names ~ the first of its kind in India. We watched Shaan, Shaggy, Rahat Ali Khan, Kailash Kher, Manasi Scott, Himesh Reshammiya, Jal and many more perform for a crowd that was energetic all through the day. Don’t believe us? Check out pics of the concert that kept music fans wanting more. Then read our exclusive interview with Reggae superstar Shaggy as he talks candidly to Sonal D’Silva about his music, his public persona and what lies behind it.

The Record: You’ve been to India several times ~ do you have a memorable India story?

Shaggy: We have great concerts here. I remember the first time we came here, around 1995-96, there was a police escort and people following the car! It was kind of crazy, so that’s the biggest memory I have of India.

TR: Why did you call the new album Clothes Drop?

Shaggy: Because it was a provocative title. And it would turn people’s heads and they’d be like… ‘How naughty!’ Basically, a great conversational piece.

TR: Lucky Day was a pro-woman album, what is Clothes Drop all about?
Shaggy: Lucky Day celebrates the existence of women, Clothes Drop celebrates the sexuality of women... I’m so full of crap aren’t I? [Laughs] But it works.

TR: Hey, I have to write whatever you’re saying, so…

Shaggy: Well, I’m a lover of women ~ like I’ve said, without women I’d have a very dull life. The world would be dull! Imagine me writing about politics and religion and all that… who wants to listen to that? I’d rather write about women, they’re far more intriguing and beautiful to write about, and tender…let me stop there… [Laughs] but it’s that kind of record. It’s tongue-in-cheek, I do everything with humour and there are songs that are of a sincere nature but for the most part you have songs that are fun.

TR: What has the response been like to the new album?

Shaggy: The fans tell me on my website that they love it. As far as how successful it has been this time… not very because we only had one single and it didn’t come off very well. So we’re on the second single now. It is doing really good for a record without a hit single. So if I get a hit single, I’d just be over the moon.

TR: Would you do anything differently on the album?

Shaggy: Nothing. ‘Cause I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the record! The record company needs to get off their butts and do some work. [Laughs]

TR: What do the fans expect from Shaggy? Do they want you to change now?

Shaggy: I think we’ve been different every time. There are no two songs that sound alike and the albums have changed over the years. I think what a lot of people are looking for me to do, and which I will not do, is basically give you more of me. I give you the character Shaggy ~ flamboyant, tongue-in-cheek, a little bit arrogant sometimes but nonetheless entertaining.

You can read the rest of our exclusive with Shaggy in the January 2006 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.


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