"The most important thing to me in any kind of music is surprise...And everybody is surprised by this collaboration – by what they're hearing." This is how Sting recently described his unexpected musical partnership with Shaggy in an interview with Rolling Stone. It's only been a couple of weeks since we first heard the Englishman and Jamaican debut their cross-cultural collaboration "Don't Make Me Wait." And while the initial announcement may have raised an eyebrow or two, any skepticism was cast aside once the music started playing. Following a string of high-profile performances – including the 2018 GRAMMY Awards (where they also did a funny sketch with host James Corden) and the NFL's Superbowl Tailgate Party – the duo has now released the song's official video.
Directed by Gil Green, the clip follows Sting and Shaggy as they lime with the locals of Kingston, Jamaica. The people of Jamdown are feeling amorous and the love can be felt all throughout the colorful, easy-going visuals that match the mood of the breezy, reggae-tinged groove. While the song speaks of romantic love, the video also highlights the bromance between the two singers. In fact, the real reason Sting was in the Caribbean nation was to support his new buddy at the "Shaggy and Friends" charity concert to benefit Bustamante Hospital for Children. That's love.
Soak up the island vibes and dance along to Sting and Shaggy's "Don't Make Me Wait" below. The track is currently available for purchase ahead of the 44/876 album release on April 20th. The title is a nod to the international dialing codes for their respective homelands (England and Jamaica). And the release date? Yeah, we see what they did there. Ha!