Sting releases incredible 'Englishman/African in New York' hybrid cover recorded from DIY studio
24 March 2021, 09:35
Sting has released a new hybrid lockdown version of his hit 1987 single 'Englishman in New York' with Beninese artist Shirazee entitled 'Englishman/African in New York' recorded from a DIY apartment studio.
To celebrate his latest album Duets, Sting appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert series and performed a three-song set from an apartment studio in New York City.
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The UK singer was joined by Beninese artist Shirazee who recently recorded a cover of Sting's 'Englishman in New York' as 'African In New York'.
Sting reportedly loved the cover so much that he invited Shirazee to record the song for his new album and also sat down to record a hybrid of the two songs: 'Englishman/African in New York' for the special one-off performance.
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After singing the incredible duet, Sting exclaimed how great it was to be in the same room as another artist.
“I’ve been on my own for a year!” he said. “That’s the good thing about music, you know? You can connect…[but] actually sitting in the same room with somebody is a whole different chemistry.”
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Shirazee also confirmed how bizarre the situation was for him, as he's gone from covering the song in lockdown to singing it with Sting himself: “It’s a bit crazy,” he said.
A flattered Sting said of 'African in New York': “I’m always delighted when artists take the template I’ve written and then make it better, make it different. It’s thrilling to me.”
The pair have also filmed a music video they released on March 19, which shows Sting and Shirazee superimposed as they walk down famous New York streets and sing their new duet (below).
After his duet with Shirazee, Sting continued the 12 minute set with renditions of his hits 'If I Ever Lose My Faith in You' and concluded with 'Sister Moon'.
Sting has just released his latest album Duets, a collection of his favourite musical collaborations across the decades.
Critics have raved about Sting's new LP, with The Independent staying it's “a reminder that not only has the man been doing this for a long time, but when he does team up with a new artist, he strikes just the right balance in letting the featured player shine, and letting the song belong to them as well.”