Irish vocalist Sinead O'Connor is in Jamaica recording a reggae album with some of the country's leading musicians. The artist has been in Kingston since last week working on tracks for the album, co-

Irish vocalist Sinead O'Connor is in Jamaica recording a reggae album with some of the country's leading musicians. The artist has been in Kingston since last week working on tracks for the album, co-producer Sly Dunbar said.

He added that the album, set for release this summer by Sanctuary Records, will include covers of some of reggae's most famous protest songs, such as Bob Marley's "War," Peter Tosh's "Downpressor Man" and Burning Spear's "Marcus Garvey." Dunbar is producing with longtime partner Robbie Shakespeare.

As reported earlier this week, musical pairings from throughout O'Connor's career have been compiled for "Collaborations," due June 21 via Capitol/EMI. The album features tracks with Peter Gabriel, U2's Bono and the Edge, Massive Attack and Moby, among others.

In the spring of 2003, O'Connor announced she was retiring from the music business. But in an interview last month with Ireland's Hot Press, she revealed her new deal with Sanctuary and said she was working on three distinct new albums.


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