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Sinead O'Connor in Jamaica to remake classics
published: Friday | April 1, 2005

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP):

IRISH POP singer Sinead O'Connor is in Jamaica recording a reggae album with some of Jamaica's leading musicians, her producer said Wednesday.

The Dublin-born O'Connor has been in Kingston since last week working on tracks for her album scheduled for release this summer by the British-based Sanctuary Records, said drummer Sly Dunbar.

The untitled album will include covers of some of reggae's most famous protest songs, including Bob Marley's War, Peter Tosh's Downpressor Man, and Burning Spear's Marcus Garvey, Dunbar said.

Dunbar and bass player Robbie Shakespeare are co-producing the album.

O'Connor, 38, is best known for her 1991 international hit Nothing Compares 2 U.

UNIQUE VOICE

In her early albums, she won praise for her unique voice and original songs. Her shaved head and sometimes far-out clothing made her a celebrity.

Her career has frequently been marked by scandal.

Ordained as a priest by a splinter Catholic group, she tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II on the television
programme Saturday Night Live in 1992. She also refused to perform at a show in New Jersey because the Star Spangled Banner was played before her appearance.

O'Connor has recorded sporadically in the last five years. Her last CD, She Who Dwells in the Secret Place of the Most High Shall Abide Under the Shadow of the Almighty, was released in 2003.

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