Taken from Jamaica Observer (May 28, 2010)
Lady Saw teams with Michael Franti on Shake It
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by KEVIN JACKSON, Observer writer
LADY Saw is hoping to capture mainstream attention once more with her guest shot on Michael Franti and Spearhead's latest single, Shake It. The bubbly tune which was produced by Sly and Robbie, is the first single off the California based reggae rocker's upcoming album, Sound of Sunshine. A video for Shake It was recently shot here in Jamaica.
Saw had previously enjoyed mainstream attention stateside with two gold selling singles, Smile with Vitamin C (1999); and Underneath it All with No Doubt (2002). Additionally, she scored a Billboard R&B Hip Hop chart hit when I Got Your Man produced by Richard 'Richie D' Martin peaked at number 85 in 2004.
Franti's album, Sound of Sunshine, is to be released this summer through a deal recently hammered out with EMI Capitol Records.
Michael Franti is the creator and lead singer of Michael Franti & Spearhead. For sometime now, the outfit has built up a strong fan base on the live music circuit performing powerful, deeply felt music. Franti first formed the punk band The Beatnigs while studying at the University of San Francisco, and later, the far more hip hop-inflected The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. In the mid-nineties, Franti created Spearhead.
Last year Franti teamed with another Jamaican artiste, Cherine Anderson on the track Say Hey (I Love You) which peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100.