Friday, 19 January 2018

ACCESS GRANTED: Shaggy & Friends 2018 delivered plenty of highlights – on stage and off

It couldn’t have been a Jamaica House event without an appearance by PM Andrew Holness, who joined wife, Juliet, and Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett for a photo-op alongside the man who made the event possible, Orville ‘Shaggy’ Burrell, and international headliner Sting

Dancehall hitmaker Shenseea represented well for the music industry’s rising stars, turning heads in a super-stylish get-up (and shiny, mile-long hair), as she performed catchy tunes from her growing catalogue. 

As expected, Ding Dong and his cadre of hyper-flexible Ravers managed to raise the show’s energy level to epic proportions, reeling off chart-topping hits that always get the party started, tempting patrons in the crowd to join the excitement unfolding on stage. 

Third World gave one of the most appealing sets of the night that included renditions of timeless classics (“96 Degrees in the Shade”, “Reggae Ambassador”…). The man with the golden voice, lead vocalist AJ Brown, didn’t mind sharing the stage at one point with Mr. Bombastic, who also greeted the crowd during sets by Sting and Barrington Levy

Husband-and-wife duo Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons peppered their sets with lively banter and humour, while performing the rag-waving anthems that the carnival lovers know so well. 

Former Fugees frontman Wyclef Jean played it cool backstage, ahead of his main-stage appearance to thrill the fans with hits old and relatively new. 

“Every Little Thing She Does”, “Englishman in New York”, “I’ll Be Watching You”, “Roxanne”, “Message in a Bottle” (with Agent Sasco”) and brand-new track “Don’t Make Me Wait” (featuring Shaggy) – bass guitar hero Sting hit all the golden notes, unequivocally winning over the crowd.

(Photography by SLEEK)

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