We are proud to announce the final artists that complete the line-up of this year’s Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival. Friday 31 August sees the return of Sting to the island, joined on stage by Shaggy. Together they are the closing headliner of the Sam Cooke stage. On Saturday non other than Christina Aguilera will take the Sam Cooke stage. Also performing on Saturday on the Sir Duke stage is CeeLo Green.
Sting has been a household name in music for decades, receiving 16 Grammy Awards and having sold close to 100 million albums from his combined work with The Police and as a solo artist. Jamaican artist Shaggy has been a major force in boosting the worldwide popularity of reggae and dancehall music, with hits such as Oh Carolina, Mr. Boombastic, It Wasn’t Me, and Angel. While they may seem to be an unlikely pair, Sting and Shaggy are actually a perfect musical match. An initial plan for Sting to contribute to a Shaggy song turned into Don’t Make Me Wait, their first single together. Compelled by their creative synergy, Sting and Shaggy decided to keep working together, resulting in their new collaborative, island-inspired album 44/876. This summer, Shaggy & Sting will embark on a European tour performing at various historical venues.
Singer and songwriter Christina Aguilera appeared on the television shows Star Search and The Mickey Mouse Club when she was still a child. As a teenager, she became a worldwide success with smash hit singles such as Genie In A Bottle and What A Girl Wants. Her first three studio albums, Christina Aguilera, Stripped, and Back To Basics, as well as the Spanish language album Mi Reflejo all became multi platinum-selling records. Famous for her extremely powerful voice, Aguilera’s work has earned her five Grammy Awards, among other accolades, and she has sold more than 50 million records worldwide. In addition to all that, she starred in the movie Burlesque and was a coach on The Voice for several seasons. Aguilera’s long-awaited new album, Liberation, will be released in June.
Although CeeLo Green is best known as a solo artist, many fans fondly remember when he broke through as half of the duo Gnarls Barkley; the other half being the famous producer Danger Mouse. Their song Crazy from 2006 made the soul duo’s name: the Grammy Award-winning mega hit has its own Wikipedia page which is longer than that of many artists! Although Gnarls Barkley never officially disbanded, their second and last album dates from ten years ago. Since then, with his unique high-pitched voice, CeeLo has proven himself as a solo artist as evidenced by the hit single Fuck You! (2010), which reached number one on the Dutch Top 40.