Int’l acts to perform for free at Shaggy show
January 6 is the date that has been set for the biannual charity concert hosted by entertainer Shaggy.
Shaggy and Friends will celebrate its sixth anniversary in a couple of weeks, and although the show has delivered quality entertainment year after year, organisers are promising patrons that the 2018 edition will be something so special, and it will take the show to new heights.
Scheduled for Jamaica House, the concert will boast a stellar line-up, which includes a number of heavyweight international performers. What will make the appearance of these foreign acts even more special is that for the first time in the show's history, all of them are giving of their talent free of cost.
Shaggy made the announcement at the official launch of the event yesterday afternoon at the Bustamante Hospital for Children.
"Most of the times we take care of certain expenses for our international acts because them coming to the event does not carry the same sentiments as with our local acts," he said, pointing out that getting these international acts to commit to the show over the years has not always been easy.
"These international acts, none a fi dem pickney nah come a Bustamante, so to get international acts to come in for free is always a tough one. This year, we're lucky. We have some international acts that have come on board, and they have come on board for the first time absolutely free."
STING, Fetty Wap and Wyclef Jean are the international acts booked for the event. While it has been a number of years since their last performance in Jamaica, Wyclef Jean and STING have graced stages on the rock before, but for rapper Fetty Wap it will be his inaugural showing.
Also on the line-up for January 6 is Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons, Christopher Martin, Aidonia, Dexta Daps, Junior Reid, Shenseea, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Third World, Barrington Levy, Capleton, Professor Nuts, and Wayne Wonder.
Pointing out the importance of the entertainers to the event, Shaggy took the time out to thank the artistes who have performed at the event over the years and dubbed entertainers as the show's biggest sponsors.
"I just want to take the time out to say thanks to all the sponsors and all the artistes who give of their time. We've raised US$1.5 million (J$189 million) over the years, and donated hundreds of pieces of equipment to the hospital, and the artistes have been some of our biggest sponsors throughout the years," he said. "Without the artistes, nothing happens. They give of their talent and their time, most of them for free, and we are grateful."
As for this year's show, it will be held under the theme 'ICU There', as the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital will be the main focus for the charity venture this time around.
Organisers of the event are encouraging Jamaicans to support the concert, highlighting that the show should be seen as more than just a concert, and every ticket purchased should be seen as a donation towards saving a life.
"When you look at our line-up this year, you're gonna get your money's worth. But you've got to look at the ticket as a donation. We just a entertain yuh for it," Shaggy said.
Tickets are now on sale online at caribtix.com.