This is the second of the Jamaica Observer’s daily 12-part series, 12 Days of Jamdown Chrismus. The series ends on Christmas Day. He is known for his Boombastic, pelvic-thrusting “girl tunes” so when Shaggy delivered a Christmas song with R&B sensation Toni Braxton people took note. Christmas in Jamaica was the second and final single from Braxton’s Christmas album, “Snowflakes”, which was released 2001.
It was the petite singer with the sultry voice who made the first move on Mr Lover Lover to collaborate on the project.
“We were contacted by Toni Braxton, saying she wanted a track with a reggae feel for a Christmas album she was putting out. I wrote the part with Dave Kelly in New York and sent to her and she loved it. We never worked together in studio as we both recorded separately, but were in touch constantly speaking about the direction of the track. She was always very enthusiastic and pleased with the way it turned out,” Shaggy told the Jamaica Observer.
The diamond-selling reggae act was riding high at the time with the fresh release of his acclaimed album Hot Shot. The tracks included the popular “Angel” and “It Wasn’t Me”.
For Shaggy, Christmas is all about family and friends.
“I just love being with family and friends . . . it’s all about family and friends and the feeling they bring. I will definitely be in Jamaica to celebrate Christmas. There’s no place like home for the holidays – Christmas in Jamaica,” he said. – Jamaica Observer.