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Watch: Sean Paul reveals he has been singing ‘Chanderpaul’, not ‘Sean Da Paul’ this whole time

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Watch: Pop star Sean Paul has sensationally revealed that many of his songs include a hidden tribute to West Indies great Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

The ‘Get Busy’ singer is regarded as one of the most prolific dancehall artists of all time, and has held a place in the hearts of some cricket fans for seemingly singing ‘Chanderpaul’ towards the openings of some of his songs.

For example, in Temperature, a single certified Platinum in three countries, the lyrics list that he sings “The gal dem Schillaci, Sean da Paul,” at the start of the song.


However, he has now revealed that he was in fact singing the surname of the batter with the second-most Test runs of any West Indians. The Jamaican artist is asked in Vice’s The Story of Sean Paul’s Get Busy how he became ‘Sean da Paul’, and explains the origins.

“There is a famous cricketer in Trinidad [Guyana], Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Everyone was like ‘Sean da Paul’, and that name stuck. And then I just started to say it in shows and met the dude Chanderpaul years later, and he’s like ‘Yo!’ But yeah, big up to Shivnarine Chanderpaul.”

The link was spotted by Caribbean Cricket Podcast host Santokie Nagulendran, who had wondered about the possibility of a link between the two years earlier.

Watch Sean Paul reveal his link to Chanderpaul below:


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