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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

Ms. Lauryn Hill: Bob Marley Tribute on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon


Lauryn Hill

I stayed up late last night to catch Ms. Lauryn Hill on a rare TV appearance on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Fallon has paid tribute to Bob Marley this entire week marking the 30th anniversary of the famous Reggae singer. Ms. Hill, mother to Marley’s grandchildren gave a rousing and beautiful cover of “Chances Are” and “Could You Be Loved.” Her performance was soul-stirring and her voice ever so beautiful and melodic. I was smiling ear to ear. I’m such a big fan of her music.  Still looking forward to her comeback but in the meantime…

View her performance below:

-@JozBiz

Ziggy Marley: Performs Get up, Stand Up on Late Night TV


Ziggy Marley

Ziggy Marley kicked off Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’s Bob Marley Tribute Week with a  rousing performance of “Get Up, Stand Up” on Monday, May 9, 2011. His brother (Rohan’s) longtime mate, Lauryn Hill is scheduled to perform two songs on Thursday in a rare television appearance on the show. Other guests scheduled to pay tribute during the week  include: Chris Cornell, Jennifer Hudson, Jakob Dylan, Lenny Kravitz, and Keith Richards. Richards of the Rolling Stones is not scheduled to perform, but his admiration of reggae music is well documented…so, you never know he just might!

Check out the video below of Ziggy’s rendition below:

@JozBiz

Bob Marley: 30 Years Later



Today marks the 30th year since the untimely passing  of Reggae’s greatest ambassador, Robert Nesta Marley better known as Bob Marley to the world. Marley, an iconic force in the world of reggae succumbed to cancer on May 11, 1981. Among his many musical contributions, he is credited for spreading Reggae music and the Rastafarian culture worldwide respectively.

His most popular hits include: “I Shot the Sheriff”, “One Love”, “No Woman, No Cry”,  “Could You Be Loved” “Stir It Up”, “Jamming” , “Get Up, Stand Up” , and “Redemption Song.” Other favorites include “Three Little Birds” with the Wailers and posthumously “Buffalo Soldier” and “Iron Lion Zion.”  His compilation album “Legend” has achieved Diamond status selling over 25 million copies since its debut in  1984. It is also Reggae music’s best selling album.

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The singer  born to Norval Marley, a  white Jamaican of English descent and an Afro-Jamaican mother Cedella Booker embraced both sides of his racial ancestry. Marley, however, identified himself as a Black African and was a promoter of the Pan-African movement.  In 1999, Time magazine proclaimed Bob Marley’s “Exodus” as the greatest album of the 20th century. Bob Marley’s image has now been commercialized around the world and has caused flack with many of his fans who consider this a watering down of the singer’s legacy.

Marley is the father to more than 10 children most by birth and two by adoption with several different women. Eleven of the thirteen children said to be his are mentioned on his official website. The most famous of the bunch being Ziggy, Damian (Jr. Gong), Stephen, Ky-Mani, Julian, Rohan, and Cedella (adopted), His grandchildren include rapper/singer/actress Lauryn Hill’s children with Rohan among others. Cedella has ventured into the world of fashion with her clothing line “Catch A Fire”. Her more famous brothers carry on the musical tradition of their father and the family name as a whole.

I grew up on Bob Marley’s music and can recite almost all of his songs without any conscious effort.  Reggae had evolved into a mostly dancehall movement and uplifting messages such as Bob’s are few and far in between. The spirit of Marley lives on and like musical legends Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Tupac Shakur,  and recently added to this list Michael Jackson, his music is very much alive and as relevant as it is was decades ago. This line from “Trenchtown Rock” summarizes it all, “One good thing about music, when it hits…you feel no pain!”

Check out the video for “Trenchtown Rock” below:

-@JozBiz

Rihanna: Rasta for a Day


Pop/R&B  star Rihanna recently attended a Lauryn Hill concert on the infamous “Marijuana Day” also known as 4/20. The singer was dressed in Rasta  gear wearing a beanie and accented her look with a rhinestone clutch  with a cannabis leaf.

Posts show Rihanna took to Twitter and commented on Lauryn Hill’s performance tweeting the following :

“Is this REALLY happening???? There IS a GOD!!!! And he has spoken thru her voice!!! #fantasycometrue,” (Rihanna Twitter)

See pics of Rihanna’s outfit below:

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