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Shaggy and Friends 2014

Shaggy and Friends 2014 raises JA$70 million for Bustamante Hospital

Shaggy and Friends 2014The Bustamante Hospital For Children have received a gigantic boost in their efforts to upgrade their facility after receiving JA$70 million in donations and proceeds from this year’s Shaggy and Friends charity concert, more than doubling the previous records.

A check for the hefty dollar amounted was presented byShaggy’s Make a Difference Foundation during a press conference at the Kingston-based hospital Thursday night. Shaggy spoke excitingly about the announcement.

“This last concert, being our fourth installment of Shaggy and Friends, has been our biggest one yet and we couldn’t have done it without the help of our sponsors,” the Grammy-winning singer said during the conference. “There was a lot going on this year especially with The Voice and I wouldn’t have gone through with this if I didn’t know that I was working with some very confident people.”

The inclusion of highly-regarded Jamaican singer and The Voice winner, Tessanne Chin on the bill surely had something to do with the record turnout at the lawns of Jamaica House, with close to 10,000 people attending the show, according to Shaggy. Other main acts at the event included fellow competitor on The Voice, Matthew Schuler as well as Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Chronixx, Jah Cure, Sean Paul, Konshens, Admiral Bailey, Carlene Davis and many more.

Money raised from the show will go towards finishing the building a full cardiac wing at the hospital, which was reportedly near completion in December.

The JA$70 million amount more than doubles the JA$32 million raised by the last Shaggy and Friendsshow in January 2012. Previous editions of the show raised JA$27 million and JA$30 million in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

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Shaggy and Friends show put off, changes made to format

The popular Shaggy and Friends charity event, which has raised over JA $90 million in aid of the Bustamante Hospital For Children, will not be staged for a second time this year.

The concert, hosted annually by Grammy-winning Jamaican entertainer, Shaggy and his Make a Difference foundation was due to stage its fourth edition late this year, featuring an all-Jamaican lineup in honor of Jamaica’s 50th independence anniversary. However, Shaggy and Friends has will now be held every other year after a decision was made to revamp the event’s setup.

Shaggy’s manager and Solid Agency head,Sharon Burke confirmed the singer’s decision to hold his charitable initiative bi-annually, but did not divulge additional details.

Shaggy and Friends was first staged in December 2009, eight years after Shaggyfirst partnered with the Bustamante Hospital for Children. That initial staging featured high-profile entertainers such as Sean Paul, Etana, Marcia Griffiths and American R&B singer, Macy Gray. The first edition raised over JA$27 million for the hospital.

The second installment of Shaggy and Friends took place on January 2011, where Bounty Killer, Cham, Machel Montano, Tarrus Riley and Boyz II Men all performed. That year, the event reeled in over JA$30 million.

The third edition of Shaggy and Friends took place on January 7 of this year after being moved back a week due to Jamaica’s general elections. The event featured Romain Virgo, Maxi Priest, Tami Chynn and American rap sensation, Eve who was accompanied by award-winning dancer,Mystic Davis during her set.

Despite continuous on-stage demands by hip-hop/soul legend, Lauryn Hill during her set, this year’s edition of Shaggy and Friends reeled in JA$32 million. Some of the money raised through Shaggy’s event has been donated towards new equipment as well as the building of a cardiac ward for the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

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Raine Seville, fellow entertainers protesting child abuse in Jamaica

Following a recent revelation regarding the upturn in child molestation within Jamaican homes, prominent Reggae singer, Raine Seville has decided to join the fight against this disturbing trend.

On Tuesday, between noon and 6 p.m. Jamaican time, Raine Seville and several other public figures will lead the Help Jamaica Children road march and rally against child molestation and abuse. This after a newspaper article published at the beginning of April did an in-depth piece about Jamaican children who are molested in their homes by child predators.

The lead article, published in the Jamaica Observer on April 1, details comments from Dr. Sandra Knight of the Bustamante Hospital For Children who offered gut-wrenching facts regarding the level of sexual violence amongst children in the island while the piece also explored the measures, or lack thereof, being taken to curb this trend.

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Shaggy considers all-Jamaican lineup for next charity concert

Following what many regard as the best Shaggy and Friends to date, the charity event’s creator believes that he should return to his roots for the next show.

The event’s organizer and international Reggae artiste,Orville Burrell, more popularly known as Shaggy, claims that he might have an all Jamaican lineup at the next Shaggy and Friends event, which could take place later this year. The Grammy-winning entertainer made this announcement earlier this week at an event announcing that the most recent edition of Shaggy and Friends netted JA$32 million; proceeds which fund the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

According to Shaggy, this movewill pay homage to Jamaica celebrating its 50th year of Independence this year.

“This is not engraved in stone. We all have to sit and think about it, but personally I see this as being good for the artistes, the country and our culture. A fitting way to celebrate Jamaica 50,” he said.

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Latest edition of Shaggy and Friends raises JA$32 million

Dancehall/Reggae entertainer, Orville Burrell, more popularly known as Shaggy, should feel very encouraged as his annual charity event, Shaggy and Friends attained its largest proceeds to date.

This year’s edition of Shaggy and Friends, which took place on January 7 on the lawns of Jamaica House in Kingston, raised over JA$32 million. That tally tops the proceeds made from each of the prior two years of the concert; aimed at funding the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston.  The first edition of Shaggy and Friends raised JA$27 million in 2009 while the 2010 edition reeled in over JA$30 million.

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