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Jamaica Observer: $14 Million Budget for Shaggy & Friends


THE staging of the fund-raising Shaggy and Friends concert is definitely a multimillion-dollar venture.

This year’s event, organised by diamond-selling reggae act Shaggy to raise funds for the Bustamante Hospital for Children, has a production budget in the region of $14 million.

However, according to head of Shaggy’s Make a Difference Foundation, Rebecca Packer, for the type of event being staged at Jamaica House come tomorrow evening, the spend could have been much higher.

“We really have to thank our sponsors and suppliers — many of whom are providing services for free or at cost — for helping us keep production costs down. A show of this caliber including artists, lighting, sound, décor, food and drink, could easily run us in the region of $50-million,” Packer told Splash last night.

She stated that having gotten over the obstacle caused by the shifting of the original December 30 date, due to the general election, the plans for the third staging of the event were running smoothly. “It’s really like a well-oiled machine. Having gone through the process on two previous occasions we have worked out the kinks.

Packer says rehearsals are already underway, as international acts Eve and Lauryn Hill are already on the island, with Maxi Priest and Deniece Williams scheduled to arrive later today.

This year, the proceeds from the event will go towards the construction of a 15-bed cardiac intensive care unit at the hospital, in conjunction with the international charity, Chain of Hope.

To date, the Shaggy & Friends Make a Difference Foundation has raised a total of JA $57,000,000 (US$650,000), which has gone towards providing vital and life-saving equipment for the island’s sole paediatric hospital.

This year the concert features a interesting mix of local and international acts including Half Pint, Coco Tea, I-Octane, Romain Virgo, Assassin, Wayne Marshall, Mr Vegas, Tami Chynn and Gyptian.

Packer notes that patrons can expect the usual high standard, both in terms of performances on stage, as well as the look and feel of the venue.

“We have worked to create an all-round concert experience for patrons, whether they are in our silver, gold or platinum sections. These includes an impressive choice of food, drink and overall décor.”

One major change in this year’s event is the elimination of the sit-down five-course meal for patrons in the upscale platinum section. But, Packer explains that patrons in this section will still be privy to choice food and drink, as well as participate in the fund-raising auction.

Source: Jamaica Observer

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Soup du Cure: Caribbean Education Initiative’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser 12.4.2011


Break out the soup pot & ladle, pound the garlic & toss in some veggies, meat, seafood,herbs & spices! The VI’s one and only Culinary Competition that awards participants with $$$ returns for a 3rd year…Soup du Cure! On Sunday, 12.4.2011 restaurants, caterers, and amateur chefs will compete in more than 20 soup categories…with something for every appetite! Come and try kallaloo, red peas soup, sancoché, bisques, ital, chowders, and so much more. Top prizes include: $1,000 for the Best Soup, $500 for 2nd place, and 3rd place $250. Additionally, the crowd favorite wins $250. Live local entertainment featuring Mada Nile & Fyah Train. Entry is $10 for Adults and $5 for kids + $1 per taste. We’re still looking for SPONSORS & PARTICIPANTS! All proceeds benefit the Caribbean Education Initiative a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and its beneficiaries!

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For more information contact Jozette at 340.226.4503 or email CaribEd1@gmail.com.

Please see related information below:

Soup du Cure Proposal 2011

Soup du Cure Sponsor Application

Soup du Cure Participant Application

Nicki Minaj: Winner of Best Hip Hop Video (Super Bass) | Photo


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After a faux Beastie Boy display a pink explosion occured on the stage and with that Nicki Minaj was presented with the Best Hip Hop Video Award for Super Bass. Earlier on Minaj had stated that this was the award she was hoping to win. As luck would have it she won….Congrats Nicki!

“Oh my god!” she screamed dramatically when she received her Moonman statue. With her pink and yellow beehive and colorful, geometric ensemble where there were some sort of points protruding from the bodice, the human Barbie from Queens gave plenty of shout outs to fellow rappers including Lil Wayne and blew tons of air kisses.

Source: PopCrush.com

Nicki Minaj & Taylor Swift: Perform ‘Super Bass’ in Los Angeles | Video


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Nicki Minaj capped off a non-stop evening that included an MTV Video Music Award win by showing up on stage with Taylor Swift at the Staples Center, where she joined the pop-country singer for a performance of Minaj’s smash hit ‘Super Bass.’

We’ve known for months that Swift loves ‘Super Bass,’ ever since she rapped a portion of the song during a radio interview. But last night she took it to another level by playing the song during her set. Swift rapped the opening lines, “This one is for the boys with the booming system…” before Minaj appeared and took over, as Swift danced and playfully tossed her hair around.

The two young divas from opposite ends of the pop music spectrum seemed right at home on stage together. “I wanna thank her from the bottom of my heart. I love you, Taylor,” Minaj said after the song. Swift later tweeted, “The combination of the INSANE crowd tonight and @NICKIMINAJ joining me onstage for “Superbass” = #IwishthatIcouldhavethismoment4life.”

‘Super Bass’ won the VMA for Best Hip-Hop Video last night and reached No. 3 on the singles chart, becoming thehighest-charting rap song by a solo female in nine years.

Source: PopCrush.com