Sinead O’Connor Recording Reggae

Music News | Mar 30th, 2005

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Sinead O’Connor is in Jamaica recording a reggae album with some of the country’s leading musicians.

The Irish pop singer has been in Kingston since last week working on tracks for the album, co-producer Sly Dunbar said Wednesday.

He said the album, set for release this summer by British-based Sanctuary Records, will include covers of some of reggae’s most famous protest songs Bob Marley’s “War,” Peter Tosh’s “Downpressor Man” and Burning Spear’s “Marcus Garvey.”

Dunbar, a drummer, and Robbie Shakespeare, a bass player, are co-producing the album. They are believed to be one of the world’s best rhythm sections. In 1980, they founded the Taxi record label, which has promoted the careers of stars such as Black Uhuru, Ini Kamoze, Beenie Man and Red Dragon.

O’Connor, 38, is best known for her 1991 hit, “Nothing Compares 2 U.”

She famously tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II during a 1992 appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”