Global musical powerhouse, Sean Paul, kicked off his United States-leg of the Scorcha Tour inside Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida last Friday. It has been two years since the artiste has toured having spent the pandemic period in Jamaica with his family, who Sean Paul says he is missing more than ever.
In the middle of his performance, the entertainer is observed on video, acknowledging his son Levi, whose facial expression (visible on the screen on a smartphone) was the reflection of a proud child as he watched his father’s performance from a distance.
“Me love tour, but me love me family. Right now, me just miss me family. Me miss me son and daughter,” Sean Paul said spontaneously in his interview with The Gleaner, hours before showtime.
Not only is the Grammy Award-winning dancehall hitmaker touring the US, he is also preparing to jet off to the United Kingdom.
He said: “I haven’t really started back major touring as yet, but me know me haffi mash up the world more, or 20 more time at least and because of Omicron there was a decision to push it back so long.”
Scorcha was initially scheduled to be released in 2021, but the pandemic forced a change in plans, delaying the release along with the tour. Sean Paul said that persons can expect great features from Tove Lo, Sia, Jr Gong, Nicky Jam, Jada Kingdom, Gwen Stefani, Shenseea, Stylo G and Pia Mia.
The release of the collaboration with Pia Mia, titled How We Do It, coincided with the start of the US tour and also, the long-anticipated Alpha album from Shenseea, who he described as “a dope writer”.
“I do like the album; a lot of the songs sound very foreign but, as Shen has expressed, she feels different types of music. And we have had female artistes like Tessanne Chin and back in the day, Grace Jones, who don’t necessarily have to do dancehall or reggae. A lot of people said it was the steam of the big first tune with Vybz Kartel, but I think she has shown she is versatile,” Sean Paul explained. — Jamaican Gleaner