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Roll back in time and stop right at 2002. Now, try to recall the music that "the generation in baggy pants" was listening to. Justin Timberlake was crooning Cry me a river after his break-up with pop princess Britney Spears, Coldplay released their epic track The Scientist and Linkin Park's In the end defined their rock identity. That is when a dancehall artiste sneaked in and made us dance to those addictive Jamaican reggae beats with Get busy and Gimme the light. This was 29-year-old Sean Paul, the man who re-introduced reggae and dancehall and the cheesy "eh-ohs" to the international music arena.
Now, a decade later, Paul is in India to promote his fifth album Tomahawk Technique. The tour began on November 2 with a performance in Noida and is scheduled to perform in Mumbai today at the Andheri Sports Club.
His third album, The Trinity, in 2005 had smash hits such as Temperature, Give it up to me and We be burning, that inked him permanently on the music scene. "I have evolved as an artiste. I did everything I could have done in dancehall, it was now time to expand in terms of style and sound. For the new album, I've worked with new artistes and producers such as StarGate, Benny Blanco, Rico Love & DJ Ammo and got them to make dancehall from their perspective," he says.
Paul also hopes to explore the folk music traditions of India someday. "I could do dancehall music with an Indian singer and you never know, it could turn out to be the next big thing," adds Paul. Before his tour begins, the Grammy-winner has a busy schedule. He says, "I have to meet designers and customise my jackets with zardozi work."
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