Shaggy lives by a motto that has been adopted by people around the world.  The motto is “it’s not about the award, it’s about the reward,” and reward is what Shaggy will receive to begin 2014! 

On January 4th, Shaggy and friends will celebrate at the artists annual concert called Shaggy and Friends.  The event is produced by Shaggy and team to raise funds for the Bustamante Children’s Hospital in Jamaica.  Now in its 8th year (7 years prior to that Shaggy was doing this on his own), Shaggy has raised more than $2 Million USD for the hospital which has been used to buy necessary medical equipment.

This year some of Shaggy’s closest friends will be in attendance to support his fundraising efforts.  Friends such as award winning, and international recording artist Ne-Yo whose hits include “Miss Independent,” “Sexy Love,” and “Because of You” will perform.  Ne-Yo, who became friends with Shaggy after meeting the star through mutual friends, didn’t hesitate to lend support to the cause saying “I am honored to perform for the children of Jamaica and bring added attention to the Bustamante Hospital.”  In addition to Ne-Yo joining Shaggy on stage, January 4th will mark the homecoming of Jamaica’s international songstress,Tessanne Chin.

Tessanne caused international hearts to stir with her performance on NBC’s The Voice.  Moving fans worldwide, Tessanne impressed judges and fans each week with her powerful and passionate voice, singing carefully selected songs such as “Try,” “Redemption Song” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”  The night of Shaggy and Friends marks Tessanne’s triumphant return to her homeland, and her support for the Bustamante Hospital!

There are more artists to be added which gives fans all the more reason to attend and support the event.  The location of the concert is the lawn of the Governor General’s House on Hope Road (Kingston, Jamaica; this is the perfect venue to make a statement!  Imagine thousands of people rocking and grooving to the sweet music from the best entertainers and raising money at the same time! 

You can order your tickets online via Eventbrite and receive a 20% discount; the sale ends on Christmas day.  You can also get additional information from the official Facebook page >>> or Twitter@shaggyandfriends



Demarco’s ‘Lazy Body’ Added to VEVO Networks Top Reggae Mix


With the demand for Dancehall & Reggae music growing exponentially across the globe, more Jamaican entertainers are rapidly infiltrating the international space with their unique sound.  Only last week musical savant Demarco received a pleasant surprise following a formal notification that his video for the infectious ladies anthem ‘Lazy Body’ [WATCH VIDEO] has been added to Vevo Networks Top Reggae Mix [SEE LIST] via American superstar Snoop Lion channel (SnoopLionVevo). Other prominent acts making the playlist includes Mavado, Vybz Kartel and Mr. Boombastic Shaggy. The revelation comes on the heels of Demarco’s recent launch of his own Vevo channel DemarcolifeVevo.



In a release to the Media Demarco says, “Having your music added to the playlist of the Vevo Top Reggae Mix is an accomplishment within itself not just for me as an artiste but for the genre on a whole. There are hundreds of international acts on Vevo from which to select, so to be chosen as a representative for the Reggae brand is definitely something of value.”

The addition of Demarco’s song to the playlist will see him being exposed to new markets via the various platforms to which Vevo markets. Vevo, LLC (stylized vevo) is a joint venture music video website owned and operated by Universal Music Group, Google, Sony Music Entertainment, and Abu Dhabi Media. EMI Records licensed its content to the service before being purchased by UMG in 2012. It was launched on December 8, 2009. The videos on Vevo are syndicated across the web, with Google and Vevo sharing the advertising revenue.

Two weeks earlier ‘Lazy Body’ also clinched the top spot on St. Lucia’s Wave 94FM Top 20 Caribbean Countdown and continues to occupy a spot on that chart among several others. Gearing up to depart the island later this week, the ‘Fren Circle’ deejay will headline a concert in Belize City, Belize before shifting focus to the African continent for a show in Zimbabwe.

Meanwhile, plans are now afoot to shoot a video for the JayCrazie Records produced ‘Mosquito Mesh’ that has creating quite a stir on the local Dancehall scene with the spawning of an accompanying dance created by former Dancehall Queen Nickiesha.



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