Shaggy and Friends 2016 Delivers For Charity
There's nothing like revelling for a cause, and last Saturday night, supporters and socialites got the opportunity to do just that when they made their way to the lawns of Jamaica House to witness the 2016 staging of Shaggy and Friends in concert.
A long-standing event on the entertainment calendar, each year all the proceeds from ticket sales from Shaggy and Friends go directly towards the development of the Bustamante Hospital for Children.
From silver to gold, platinum to diamond, patrons were thoroughly entertained by all that the different sections had to offer, and no doubt their one ticket contributed to saving a life. Some sections delivered various culinary delights, while others were limited to exotic libations.
Kicking things off to a fine start was Mr Bombastic himself- Shaggy, echoing some of his most famous hits. Omi, who scored a number-one billboard hit last summer, had his cheerleaders screaming for more during his first performance in Jamaica. International recording artistes Ashanti, En Vogue, Sean Kingston and R. City rocked the crowd, delivering standout sets throughout the night.
Local acts lending their voices to the cause included veterans Terror Fabulous and songbird Nadine Sutherland as well as Tanto Metro and Devonte. Hitmakers Bugle, Ding Dong and Popcaan also held their own. Kevin Downswell covered the house with his powerful gospel melodies, and closing the show was none other than Doctor Beenie Man, in his usual indomitable style.
But it was the comedic duo of Ity and Fancy Cat who tore the house down when imitating Steve Harvey's faux pas at the recently staged Miss Universe, cracking a joke in announcing the Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller as the winner of the 2016 general election - which has yet to take place. In a shocking turn of events, the prime minister graced the stage, to thunderous applause - surprising even the comedians.
Apart from the wonderful entertainment, the reason for the event was not lost as several corporate sponsors were on hand to collect donations and raise awareness through live streaming and on their social media platforms. Sponsors Scotiabank made it easy for patrons to contribute, while telecommunications giants Digicel and Flow ensured that the world was connected to the event.