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Sting and Shaggy Give Free Concert in Budapest Next Week

Fanni Kaszás 2018.11.13.

Iconic artists Sting and Shaggy are giving a free concert next Saturday on 24 November at 6 pm at Budapest’s Heroes Square to celebrate the 30th birthday of one of the Hungarian lotteries, Hatoslottó.

Legendary British singer Sting and Jamaican-American Shaggy will perform at the free celebration next Sunday following the warm-up concert of Hungarian group Punnany Massif.

The artists released an island-flavored collaborative album called 44/876 on April 20 this year and now they are on a joint European tour. On the road, the musicians are performing both separately and together. They play songs from the new album and their bands explore each other’s most celebrated hits including “Every Breath You Take,” “Englishman in New York,” “Message in a Bottle,” “It Wasn’t Me,” “Mr. Boombastic” and “Angel.”

The pair initially joined creative forces to record their new song “Don’t Make Me Wait”—a tribute to the Caribbean sounds that influenced them both—and ended up recording an entire album full of joy, melody and uplifting music.

They’ll be extending this collaboration to the road with a combined band of Sting’s band members Dominic Miller (guitar), Josh Freese (drums) and Rufus Miller (guitar)and Shaggy’s musicians Melissa Musique (backing vocals), Gene Noble (backing vocals) and Kevon Webster (keyboards).

The title of the album references their respective telephone country codes: 44 for the UK, Sting’s birthplace and 876 for Jamaica, Shaggy’s homeland.,