Sting and Shaggy to tape new episode of public TV interview series "Speakeasy" in NYC this month

Written by on May 9, 2018

Credit: Salvador OchoaSting and pop/reggae star Shaggy, who last month released a collaborative album titled 44/876, will be featured together in a new episode of the public TV series Speakeasy. The show will be taped on May 24 in New York City at The McKittrick Hotel’s Manderley Bar.

Tickets to the intimate event went on sale Tuesday morning and are available exclusively to Citi card holders through the company’s Private Pass program.

Fans who attend the taping can expect the two artists to discuss their new album, which celebrates their mutual love of Shaggy’s home country, Jamaica.

The episode will air as part of Speakeasy‘s fourth season, which will premiere this fall. Each installment of the hour-long program features a well-known artist chatting about about various topics with a personally-chosen, equally famous interviewer.

In other news, Sting and Shaggy recently delivered a four-song set for Stereogum’s Stereogum Sessions series, which premiered on the website on Monday. The duo performed two songs from 44/876 — “Morning Is Coming” and “Don’t Make Me Wait” — as well as Shaggy’s hits “Angel” and “Boombastic.” During the latter tune, Sting incorporated a little segment of his Police classic “Roxanne.”

Addressing the audience during the Stereogum Sessions set, Sting explained, “We got together about a year ago to make this record together. It’s called 44/876 because if you want to call England on the phone you call 44 first, and if you want to call Jamaica you call 876. So the album is really a conversation between two guys from two…very different islands with a common love of reggae music and sunshine.”

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