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Gibb Sahib Sting &Shaggy... (26) RE: Sting &Shaggy... 19 Apr 18

I'm a big listener to Jamaican music. It's an ocean that one couldn't get to the bottom of if one tried. One of the things about Jamaican music that many people have emphasized is that the 'real" stuff has a certain "sound." If it doesn't have that sound, for a fan, it just doesn't satisfy. It's like if you've eaten the cuisine in China, and you know that taste, it's hard to stomach the stuff they pass off in certain restaurants aimed at non-Chinese patrons. While you're eating it, you're wishing you were elsewhere and kicking yourself for coming here.

I'm not making an argument for "authenticity" as something valuable in and of itself. I'm just hearing this music and thinking I'd rather be diving in that ocean of "real" Jamaican music, wondering why I am here. I know this doesn't claim to be real Jamaican music (even if Sly and Robbie are about!), and I'm not criticizing it for not being so. I'm just thinking about all that delicious Jamaican music that I could be eating while I'm in this restaurant entertaining Sting's "special spin" on it. Perhaps if he teamed up with King Jammy and he just offered his voice as a timbre for the JA producer to work with?

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