Shaggy, of “It Wasn’t Me Fame” said this week that he has a foolproof way to defeat ISIS, and it’s surely an original: His music.
In an interview with the Miami New Times, the topic of ISIS came up and not surprisingly the 24 year rap/reggae veteran was not a fan of the group.
When asked if ISIS’ ban on music effect the militants in the organization Mr. Lover Lover said: “If you’re able to cut a man’s head off, you’re sick. But right, music evokes emotion. So if they’re listening to Shaggy music or reggae music, they’re not going to want to cut somebody’s head off.”
The 24 year music veteran’s comments have gone viral. No word yet if the military will begin playing Shaggy tunes in the Middle East quite yet.
SIS-leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced the creation of a caliphate in June 2014. Since then the jihadist group has attracted militants from around the world to take up its apocalyptic goal. Scholars debate the group’s sudden and insidious appeal. Popular theories point to the marginalization and alienation of Muslim minorities. Others draw likenesses between the dramatic appeal of transcendent legitimacy in al-Baghdadi’s Islamic State and Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings.
But Shaggy simply can’t wrap his head around it. Orville Burrell, AKA Mr. Lover Lover, is resolutely anti-evil. For some 24, years he’s shared his distinct style of popular reggae with the world, and given men (and women too) the perfect excuse for, well, anything. “It’s feel-good music, and you can feel that vibration in every country,” he says.
He’s a truly international act whose global success overshadows his presence in the United States. His charitable efforts have seen homes built and hospitals renovated in some of the world’s poorest areas. His constant collaborations have connected artists from Iran, Japan, Jamaica, and more.
Shaggy, it seems, has no time to hate.
We spoke to him about his act, his impact, and his thoughts on ISIS.