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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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Mr. Vegas to unveil double album during Reggae month

Jamaican-born International music star, Mr. Vegas fetes his homeland’s golden anniversary with a brand new double album that explores the past 50 years in Jamaican music.

Sweet Jamaica will be released in February; Jamaica’s national Reggae Month and features a range of music from the roots of Ska in the early 1960’s through the birth of Reggae and into today’s contemporary Dancehall-driven pop music culture. Sweet Jamaica will be released to digital and retail stores under his independently-owned MV Music imprint on Tuesday, February 21st.

The two discs, Sweet Jamaica Reggae and Sweet Jamaica Dancehall together feature over 30 tracks, including exclusive new material and some of Mr. Vegas’ recent smash singles. Sweet Jamaica Reggae is a fusion of Ska, Rocksteady, and foundation Reggae rhythms. Known for melodious style of deejaying or rapping Mr. Vegas’ abandons his usual ‘sing-jay’ mode and shows off his singing talent on remakes of Toots and the Maytals’ classic, Sweet and Dandy, and Alton Ellis’ Rocksteady cover of Brenda Holloway’s You Make Me Happy.

Sweet Jamaica Dancehall features Mr. Vegas’ typically energetic Dancehall delivery on recent Dancehall hits including the current dance-driven club banger Bruk It Down, the street anthem Certain Law and Beautiful Life. Sweet Jamaica Dancehall also includes a live version of his internationally acclaimed gospel-flavored single, I Am Blessed.

Sweet Jamaicais the best of Jamaican music – from the foundation until now. Jamaica celebrates 50 years of Independence this year, and I want to celebrate that by showcasing 50 years of Reggae,” says Clifford “Mr. Vegas” Smith.

“I am releasing this album in February, which is the month we celebrate Reggae in Jamaica and Black History in America. Reggae is such an important part of what makes Jamaica unique, it is our signature sound and Reggae is key part of our culture and our Jamaican brand. Reggae figures like Bob Marley and Dennis Brown – who were both born in February – are important figures in music history in the United States and throughout the world.”

Sweet Jamaica’s lead single, aptly titled Sweet Jamaica, hit #1 on Reggae charts in Europe and the United States last year, while the video peaked at #1 on the MTV BASE Dancehall Video chart.  The album’s second release, Certain Law also spent several weeks at #1 on the MTV BASE charts. Teairra Mari, Shaggy, Luciano, Nadine Sutherland, and Jovi Rockwell are among the list of musical guests on Sweet Jamaica.

MOBOaward-winning artist, Mr. Vegas, has been one of Jamaica’s leading international forces since his entry into the music industry in 1997. Over the past 15 years, he has built an extensive catalogue which includes Billboard charting hits, Heads High and Pull Up and urban radio bangers, Tek Weh Yuhself, Hot Wuk and Gallis. Sweet Jamaica is his fifth studio album.

Sweet Jamaicawill be released independently by Mr. Vegas’ MV Music label on Tuesday, February 21st. Production credits include Clifford “Mr. Vegas” Smith,  Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare, Cleveland “Clevie” Brown and Wycliffe “Steely” Johnson, Mikey Bennet, and Rohan Dwyer.

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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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Celine Dion and local artistes shine at Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival

Nous t’aimons! Or “We love you” in English. That became the sentiment from Jamaican fans at the end of a thrilling three day Jamaica Jazz and Blues 2012 festival, capped off by the effervescent presence of French-Canadian songstress, Celine Dion.

The Grammy-winning sensation graced the Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny late Friday night; her first ever performance on Jamaican soil. As Dion entered the stage, shouting “Hello Jamaica!” she immediately garnered several shouts of appreciation from the locals as the prominent singer opened with her classic single, I Drove All Night.

Dion made her debut performance in the island count as she sparked memories with hits like Beauty and the Beast, Where Does My Heart Beat Now and Because You Loved Me, which triggered a slow dance session amongst the patrons. Additionally, Dion shared the stage with Jamaican Reggae singer, Diana King, who recently returned to the island to unveil some new projects. King and Dion unleashed a rousing duet with the performance of Treat Her Like A Lady.

Dion’s hour-long set featured four costume changes and even a wardrobe malfunction as a short gold mini dress she rocked on stage accidentally flashed fans looking below. Nevertheless, it was Dion’s performances that proved more eye-popping as she sang more classics such as It’s All Coming Back To Me Now, All By Myself and the resoundingly popular soundtrack of the classic Titanic movie, My Heart Will Go On.

Overall, Dion’s experience with Jamaican fans proved enjoyable as she even expressed regret for not visiting the island sooner.

“I have some making up to do for all that lost time. I can’t believe we’re really here in your beautiful country; the home of the great Bob Marley, the best place on earth to get an amazing plate of jerked chicken!” she said during her performance.

Furthermore, Dion wished fans a Happy 50th year of Independence as they showered her with love throughout the set.

Earlier that night, Dancehall/Reggae superstars, Shaggy and Richie Stephens were honored following strong performances of their own. After performing several of his classics alongside fellow artistes, Rayvon and Rik Rok, Shaggy received an award from Jazz and Blues organizers, honoring his contribution for promoting Jamaican culture worldwide. Meanwhile, Stephens, who performed Live Your Life alongside German Reggae star, Gentleman, copped an award celebrating his nearly two decades of contributions towards Jamaican music.

Local Reggae superstars such as Tami Chynn, Tessanne Chin, Christopher Martin, Damian Marley and Etana gave strong accounts of themselves on stage during the event as well as Dancehall stalwart, Agent Sasco and Dancehall patriarch, Yellowman who performed classics such as I’m Getting Married, Zungu Zungu Zeng, amongst others.

Veteran Reggae acts such as Half Pint, Maxi Priest, George Nooks, John Holt and Marcia Griffiths also proved their capabilities with strong sets. Griffiths, Holt and the aforementioned Yellowman each were honored for their abilities to pave the way for today’s generation of Dancehall/Reggae artistes.

Celine Dion wasn’t the only overseas-based superstar to leave an indelible mark on Jazz and Blues as Canadian songstress, Jully Black, Trinidadian soca superstar, Destra Garcia, American R&B superstar, Cee-Lo Green as well as Heads of States (consisting of former New Edition members) all dazzled the Greenfield Stadium stage.

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Shaggy to unveil new version of Summer in Kingston

Internationally acclaimed superstar, Shaggy will unleash a new version of his Grammy-nominated album, Summer in Kingston in February.

The eight-track digital album, originally released last July, will now be released in CD form, with two additional tracks. The release of the Summer in Kingston CDwill take place around the time of the 54th annual Grammy Awards on February 12 in Los Angeles.

Shaggy explained the re-release during a recent interview with Splash; intimating that this version of Summer in Kingston will provide a different flavor.

“Initially we released the album digitally with eight songs and sold it at a fan appreciation price for a limited time. Now we are releasing the physical copy with a total of 10 songs, so it’s now a full-length album,” he said.

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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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With his new album “Summer In Kingston” currently nominated in the “Best Reggae Album” Category of the 2012 Grammy Award Ceremony slated for February 12th in Los Angeles California, International reggae superstar Shaggy was the special guest this morning Monday December 19th on NBC’s popular Morning Time program “The Today Show”.

The Today Show which has an estimated 6.4 million viewers is rated as the best Morning program in America and to date has seen performances from some of the biggest stars in music such as Chris Brown Kate Perry, Justin Bieber, Beyonce and Rihanna.

Shaggy who did a short interview with hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb later performed his hit single “Sugarcane” with a live band in studios.

In other news Shaggy alongside his team at the Make A Difference Charity Foundation is kicking their promotion for the 3rd staging of the Shaggy & Friends Concert into full gear.

The show which was previously scheduled for December 30th will now take place on January 7th, 2012 on the Lawns Of Jamaica House.
The confirmed line up for the show will see performances from Lauryn Hill, Maxi Priest, half Pint, Cocoa Tea, Deneice Williams, I Octane, Romain Virgo, Assassin AKA Agent Sasco, Wayne Marshall, Tami Chynn, Gyptian and Mr. Vegas.

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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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Bugle, Young Vibez protégés showcase talent on RETV 5 to 7 Live

The present and future of Dancehall was in full display during the first edition of RETV 5 to 7 Live for the month of December.

The contrast of generations was never more evident than when Shocking Vibes managed singjay, Bugle as well as Young Vibez artistes, Jahmiel and Propa Fade appeared on the RETV program. Each of the artistes performed during the show while talking about their progress under the Shocking Vibes umbrella.

Bugle talked about the success of his recent hit singles, Idol and Real Friends, both placing in the Top 5 in the United States and African Dancehall charts respectively in recent weeks. According to the What I’m Gonna Do singer, who’s working on his soon-to-be unveiled debut album, he’s stuck to doing positive songs given that such music would impose a greater essence on Dancehall/Reggae industry.

“At di end a day, yuh have good and bad, positive and negative. It might not buss one week or two week like other songs..my songs will buss for a lifetime,”he said.

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Shaggy, Marley brothers earn Grammy nominations

Rather unfamiliar names head the nominees list for Best Reggae Album at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in February 2012.

Previous Grammy-Winning Dancehall/Reggae superstars, Shaggy as well as Stephen Marley and Ziggy Marley are three of the five contenders for the Reggae award at next year’s show. Stephen and Ziggy Marley are each vying for their third Grammy while Shaggy will look for his second award.

Stephen Marley copped the nomination for his album, Revelation Pt 1: The Root of Life while his brother, Ziggy, earned his nomination for Wild & Free as well as Shaggy for Summer Of Kingston.

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Demarco’s “Love My Life” banned from YouTube

It appears that any positive feelings in the aftermath of a historic feat achieved by Dancehall star, Demarco, have subsided following the ban of his popular single from YouTube.

Just weeks after Demarco’s internationally acclaimed single, Love My Life, recorded over 25 million hits, via the video-sharing website, the song and accompanying video have been removedfrom a pair of popular YouTube channels. Love My Life attained just over 14.7 million views via the Vap Buss Music YouTube channel while the video for the 2010 track earned over 10.5 million views. Said statistics put Demarco in elite company; joining Shaggy, Damian Marley and Sean Paul as the only Jamaican artistes to eclipse 20 million YouTube views for a single since the video-sharing outlet’s debut in 2006.

However, both videos were removed from their respective channels with YouTube claiming that they received various complaints from site users.

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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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