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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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Tessanne Chin The Voice

Tessanne makes Billboard Top 100, to headline Shaggy and Friends show

Tessanne Chin The VoiceThe accolades and appearances are being racked up by Jamaican songstress, Tessanne Chin since taking home the crown on season five of The Voice Tuesday night.

Billboard took strong notice of one of her best vocal performances on the American talent show – a rendition of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge over Trouble Water – placing at number 64 on its Top 100 chart. The song, which topped the iTunes chart a day after her performance, has sold over 60,000 digital units since she performed it during the semi-finals of The Voice, according to Billboard, warranting a place on the list. It is the first time she has ever appeared on the chart.

Meanwhile, Chin will perform her first live show in Jamaica since her triumph on The Voice as she is set to headline Shaggy and Friends, the bi-annual charity show hosted by Grammy-winning entertainer and mentor, Shaggy.

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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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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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Shaggy pleased with show outcome despite issues with Lauryn Hill

Dancehall mega star, Orville Burrell, more popularly known as Shaggy, believes his charity event, Shaggy and Friends resulted in success despite a few problems involving one of the show’s headline acts.

The third edition of Shaggy and Friends took place this past Saturday on the lawns of Jamaica House in Kingston. The show included several strong performances from local and overseas acts such as Eve, Deniece Williams, Maxi Priest, Beres Hammond and Romain Virgo, amongst several others. Shaggy also performed at various intervals alongside Tarrus Riley, Tessanne Chin and others.

However, former Grammy-winning singer/rapper, Lauryn Hill, who closed out the show, drew mixed reactions from what was regarded as the show’s largest crowd to date. A drawn out band change caused unrest amongst fans that waited an hour to see the former Fugees starlet grace the stage. Once she did arrive on stage, Hill expressed her dissatisfaction with the stage setup and continually restarted tracks during the first half of her set.

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Shaggy and Friends lives up to hype

Grammy-winning Dancehall superstar, Shaggy can feel pleased regarding his efforts following a mostly successful Shaggy and Friends concert this past weekend.

The charity event, tailored to raise money for a new cardiac unit at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, made its first appearance on the lawns of Jamaica House since January 2, 2010. Commencing shortly after 8 p.m., the show’s creator,Shaggy, engaged the patrons in attendance prior to bringing out Reggae star, Tarrus Riley to perform their collaborative single, Another Girl. Riley also performed his classic hit, She’s Royal and returned alongside Shaggy during several intervals of the show.

Much of the anticipation regarding the event surrounded the appearances of international artistes such as hip-hop superstar, Eve, R&B singer, Deniece Williams, British-based Reggae superstar, Maxi Priest and former Fugees starlet, Lauryn Hill, amongst others.

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Eve to perform at Shaggy and Friends

Grammy-winning American rapper, Eve has become the latest inclusion on the lineup for the upcoming Shaggy and Friends charity concert in January 2012.

The first lady of the prominent Ruff Ryders hip-hop group appears on the bill; replacing R&B superstar, Ne-Yo who withdrew from Shaggy and Friends after the show was pushed back a week due to upcoming elections, hence, triggering a scheduling conflict. Eve joins fellow Grammy-winning artiste, Lauryn Hill and 80s songstress, Deniece Williams as international acts slated to perform at the event.

This will mark Eve’s second performance in Jamaica within a year as she appeared at the Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards this past February. Eve performed the collaborative single, He Is At My House alongside Dancehall superstar, Lady Saw while also receiving the Friend of Reggae Award from event organizer and radio personality Richard ‘Richie B’ Burgess. 

Eve is renowned for singles such as Love is Blind, Tambourine, Who’s That Girl and Blow Your Mind featuring Gwen Stefani. The latter song won Eve a Grammy in 2002.

Shaggy and Friends will take place on January 7, 2012 at Jamaican House. The third edition of annual event, hosted by Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Orville “Shaggy Burrell will aim to raise sufficient funds for the constructions of a 15-bed cardiac intensive care unit at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in St Andrew. The prior two editions of Shaggy and Friends reeled in over JA$57 million.

Local acts scheduled to perform at Shaggy and Friends include Assassin aka Agent Sasco, Romain Virgo, Half Pint, Coco Tea, Tami Chynn and Wayne Marshall amongst others.

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Shaggy hails Grammy nomination, excited about 2012

Internationally-renowned Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Orville “Shaggy” Burrell continues to bask in constant glory that’s surrounded him for nearly two decades in the industry. Following 2011’s achievements, he hopes to build on this consistent run in the New Year.

Shaggy’s list of accomplishments this year include his 10th studio album, Summer In Kingston, his fourth career Grammy nomination for said album as well as hit singles such as Girlz Dem Luv We featuring Mavado and the internationally acclaimed song, Sugarcane.  Summer In Kingston became Shaggy’s fifth number one album; re-establishing his presence as one of Jamaica’s most prominent artistes in history.

According to Shaggy, his most recent Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album proves a humbling acknowledgement for all those who worked on making Summer In Kingston a success.

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Shaggy and Friends concert rescheduled due to upcoming elections

Shaggy and Friends, the annual charity concert held by Grammy-winning Dancehall/Reggae artiste, Shaggy, will now take place in January as a result of the upcoming general elections in Jamaica.

On December 4, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that general elections will commence on December 29, the day before Shaggy and Friends was originally scheduled (December 30). As a result, promoters of Shaggy and Friends moved the show’s date to January 7 on the lawns of Jamaica House in Kingston.

The change of date drastically affects the lineup card as internationally-renowned R&B singer, Ne-Yo leads the list of casualties who won’t be able to perform at the event.

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Police won’t issue bans on events despite upcoming election

Following Jamaican Prime Minister, Andrew Holness’ announcement that the island’s 16th general elections will take place on December 29, law enforcement official claim that they won’t issue any ban on events scheduled to take place during the holiday season.

Holness’ revelation at a rally in Mandeville, Manchester on Sunday cast doubt regarding the status of several parties that will take place between Nomination Day (December 12) and the final week of 2011. Since the announcement, STING promoter, Isaiah Laing insisted that the popular stage show, scheduled for December 26, will go on despite the concern regarding typical election tensions. However, a cloud surrounds Shaggy’s annual charity concert, Shaggy and Friends given its scheduled date falls a day after the election.

Despite speculation police would refuse to grant permits to promoters looking to keep events during the final three weeks of 2011, police officials confirmed on Wednesday that they won’t impose a ban.

Karl Angell, the director of communications at the Jamaica Constabulary Force issued a press release addressing their decision for not imposing a ban.

“The Police High Command is advising the public that there is no ban on functions, parties, or any other such related entertainment activities during the official election period, which begins on nomination day, Monday, December 12. Persons wanting to conduct such events should apply for the required police permit in the usual manner to the police commander in charge of the division in which the function is scheduled to take place,” the statement read.

“Each application for a police permit will be assessed on its own merit. The police are, however, advising permit holders that they must act responsibly and abide by the rules as set out in the permit,” it continued.

This upcoming election will see Jamaica’s youngest Prime Minister, Andrew Holness square off against People’s National Party leader, Portia Simpson-Miller.



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Lauryn Hill and Ne-Yo to headline Shaggy’s charity concert

Two internationally renowned superstars will join Shaggy on stage during his annual charity concert near the end of this year.

American hip-hop superstar and former Fugees member, Lauryn Hill as well as Grammy-Winning R&B singer, Ne-Yo will headline Shaggy and Friends 2011; a concert held yearly to raise money for the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston. The event is scheduled to take place on Friday December 30 at Jamaica House.

Hill and Ne-Yo join Deniece Williams as the international acts on the Shaggy and Friends line up card. Local artistes for the show include Reggae superstars Stephen Marley, Chino Romain Virgo and Half Pint as well as Dancehall artiste such as Wayne Marshall, Tami Chynn and Assassin o/c Agent Sasco.

Additionally, the benefit concert will feature prominent soca couple, Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons from Trinidad.

Regarding the ability to get Hill and Ne-Yo to agree to perform at his event, Shaggy intimated that it didn’t take much effort once he mentioned the cause.

Proceeds from this years’ edition of Shaggy and Friends 2011 will go towards furnishing the new cardiac centre and intensive care unit at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, the only paediatric hospital in Jamaica. Furthermore, Shaggy’s foundation will partner with Chain of Hope, a group of volunteer doctors and nurses who perform surgeries on children with heart disease.Since the show’s inception in January 2009, the Shaggy and Friends Make A Difference foundation raised JA$57 million in donations.  Sponsors for the event such as Scotiabank, KFC and LIME have made donations of over JA$13 million collectively ahead of this year’s staging.

Tickets for the Shaggy and Friends 2011 concert are as follows: Platinum, JA$25,000, Gold, JA$10,000 and Silver JA$5,000.


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After nearly 20 years at the top of the Jamaican music industry I have been involved in many battles sometimes with fellow artists, sometimes with outside forces and sometimes with the state and its politicians.

Bounty Killer Apologises For Using Inapporiate Language At Shaggy & Friends Concert


After nearly 20 years at the top of the Jamaican music industry I have been involved in many battles sometimes with fellow artists, sometimes with outside forces andsometimes with the state and its politicians.

I’ve learnt to choose my battles wisely and the grounds upon which to fight them. I’ve also learnt when to admit I didn’t choose my ground wisely and Saturday night’sShaggy & Friends’ show was one of those occasions.

With so many politicians and members of the upper echelons of corporate Jamaica present, an audience I rarely getthe ears of, I got caught upin the moment while expressing myself.

I know realise it was inappropriate and extend my apologies to Shaggy, his sponsors, benefactors and all in attendance who were offended by my performance.

Alliance made a pledge to donate $250,000 to the cause and we will follow through on that promise and continue to support Shaggy and answer his call when ever he reaches out.

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