Reggae star Freddie McGregor has had an incredible career. The singer, producer and occasional drummer has released nearly 40 albums since the late ’70s, including his much-acclaimed album Bobby Bobylon. He’s toured the world, worked with a who’s-who of reggae artists, and even been honored with the Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award, bestowed on him by the Institute of Caribbean Studies. It should come as no surprise then that Freddie has taken a joyful look at some of the high points of his career with his latest single, “Go Freddie Go.”
“Go Freddie Go” was released on the VP Records label about a month ago, and today AXS is pleased to present the world premiere of the “Go Freddie Go” video. We were also able to ask the reggae legend a few questions about the video by email; McGregor’s commentary below is also given exclusively to AXS.com.
AXS: What inspired you to take a look back at your life and career for “Go Freddie Go”?
Freddie McGregor: The inspiration came from the producer, Lincoln Thomas. He was listening to an interview I was doing and thought this could be a nice song, using lines from my interview. When he presented the idea I thought it sounded really great. I needed another verse so I wrote the last verse about Miss Jane and we all ended up loving the concept, and here we are.
AXS: The big smile you have on your face throughout the “Go Freddie Go” video indicates you had a blast during filming. Where in Jamaica was the video shot?
FM: We actually shot most of it in Negril at a couple’s resort using one of their famous boats. We also shot scenes in Kingston and Portmore in a fishing village.
AXS: Some scenes show you in a captain’s uniform and piloting the resort’s catamaran. If you had the time to pack up and sail away to a distant locale for a while, where would you go Freddie go?
FM: If I could see myself sailing to a nice island it would be Nevis off the coast of St. Kitts, in the Caribbean where I could enjoy doing some fishing.
McGregor will be embarking on a North American tour this summer. Find concert dates and more information here.