Starting the new year off on a good note is the Shaggy & Friends benefit concert. Now In it's 6th staging, the concert will set up on the prestigious lawns of the Jamaica House on Saturday January 6th, for The Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation (SMADF). The foundation helps raise money for the only full-service children's hospital in the English-speaking Caribbean. The concert is put on every other year where tickets are sold to see world renowned musicians and top reggae and dancehall acts come together and perform to raise money for the great cause. Proceeds of the concert go to the Bustamante Hospital for Children and this year will focus on helping increase beds and services in the Intensive Care Unit.
Many great artists are taking the stage for the biennial concert including, Wyclef Jean, Fetty Wap, Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons, Christopher Martin, Dexta Daps, Junior Reid, Shenseea, Barrington Levy, Third World, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Capleton, Professor Nuts, Wayne Wonder, Ding Dong, and Doug E. Fesh. Also, world famous international musician, Sting, will perform for the first time ever in Jamaica alongside Shaggy, singing their new recording, "Don't Make Me Wait."
In an article posted on digjamaica.com the founder of the SMADF foundation, Shaggy, expressed,
“We are as committed to this project as we were when we first staged Shaggy & Friends in 2009. If anything, the fire is burning even brighter. This project has taken over a part of my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It is a great experience to be able to partner with our patrons, sponsors, other organizations and dedicated individuals to save the lives of children – our future. Again, I must commend the caring doctors and nurses at Bustamante Hospital for Children, who work tirelessly to perform their duties, regardless of the circumstances,”
Since the Shaggy & Friends inception in 2009 over US$1.5 million dollars have been raised for equipment and services for the children's hospital. This year alone, Shaggy, has set the goal target to raise US$1 million dollars for the cause.
If you're not in Jamaica and/or can't make it to the benefit concert you can still donate by following the information below; or clicking the link here.
Listen to the preview of, "Don't Make Me Wait," here on Kingston To LA.
*Featured photograph from @shaggyandfriends via Instagram.