Shaggy Sings For The Children


After daring to make a difference earlier this year, Jamaican superstar Shaggy and his group of friends are back with even bigger dreams for their second charity concert to be held on January 2 at Jamaica House.
Shaggy and his team, sponsors, employees of Bustamante Hospital for Children, as well as King of the Dancehall Beenie Man, were all out front for the hospital’s conference room for the launch of ‘Shaggy and Friends I Dare You 2010’. A smiling Shaggy, real name Orville Burrell, made an early appearance to greet his now extended family for the concert that last year raised J$27 million, which was used to buy much-needed equipment for the Bustamante hospital.
This year, according to presenter Dr David McBean, CEO of CVM-TV, the aim is to raise J$50 million. With that goal in mind, various sponsors have stepped forward including Digicel, KFC, Sagicor, Stewart’s Auto, Bank of Nova Scotia and Wisynco who have together donated J $11 million combined. Red Stripe has also pledged its support alongside a number of other companies.
Executive producer for the event, Shaggy, was first up to talk about the new developments and plans for the concert. This year, reminiscent of the diamond-selling artiste, there will be a diamond ticket priced at J$30,000. Shaggy commented, “Last year, we did it in eight weeks. This time we have a bit more time to dot the i’s and cross the t’s. Last year the $20,000 tickets were the first to sell off so this time we’re going super executive with $30,000. There will only be about 100-150 of these tickets so it’s best to get them in advance. It will be champagne style, all access everywhere.”

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