Shaggy praised at Vatican concert for contributions to Bustamante children’s hospital – DancehallMag
Shaggy’s remarkable contributions to Bustamante Children’s Hospital in Kingston, through her Shaggy and Friends fundraiser, were especially highlighted at the Vatican Christmas concert after her performance.
The accolades came at the end of her performance of her hit song angel when the event host and translator asked the multi-platinum Dancehall megastar about his selflessness.
âFrom the outskirts of Kingston you have become so famous around the world, that’s why you want to use your success to help people change their lives,â she asked Shaggy.
“Absolutely, I have the opportunity – I am lucky to have a gift and I want this gift to inspire people,” said the It was not me the star replied, evoking a round of applause as her words were translated in front of the audience.
“But I know Shaggy you donated a million dollars to a children’s hospital in Jamaica. Is that true?” was the follow-up question from the host.
âYes, this is Bustamante Children’s Hospital,â Shaggy said with a smile. It’s a charity, âhe told her, referring to the benefactor of his foundation’s revenue Shaggy Make a Difference.
At the start of her performance, several young women in the audience can be rocked to the rhythm of angel. By the end of it, Shaggy had the majority of the predominantly stoic Catholic audience, including several priests, applauding one of the greatest love songs a Jamaican has ever recorded.
The last Shaggy and Friends event took place on January 6, 2018.
In November 2019, many members of the Dancehall fraternity and Shaggy fans took to The Gleaner newspaper after publishing an article titled Busta ‘still pending – The hospital has yet to benefit from the $ 100 million raised at the 2018 Shaggy and Friends charity concert’. The plaintiffs, who included dozens of the newspaper’s readers, said the press house had treated the artist unfairly and slanderously.
A week later, Shaggy, who was preparing to honor his overseas musical commitments including a Little Mermaid Live production, flew to Kingston, where he held a press conference at the Children’s Hospital of Bustamante in order to clear its name.
Shaggy had categorically said that the questions surrounding the funds raised by his Foundation had discouraged him.
At the time, he said the imbroglio not only left him disappointed, but plunged him into disillusionment after his then nine-year-old daughter came to see him and told him she knew he was ‘he would go to the meeting in Bustamante “to tell them you didn’t steal the money.
He had shown bank statements explaining that funds raised during the event remained intact in the account and were specifically intended to be used to equip the hospital’s intensive care unit with additional beds.
Shaggy and hospital board chairman Kenny Benjamin had explained that despite handing over a token check for JM $ 100 million after the concert, the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation was awaiting the expansion of the intensive care space in the hospital to facilitate extra beds. .
Shaggy had also re-emphasized that the foundation’s policy was never to give money directly to the hospital, but rather to meet its needs through the purchase of items.
Last month, Shaggy, in an interview with Onstage’s Winford Williams, said that while he doesn’t rule out staging Shaggy and Friends again in the future, he’s still reluctant to push the issue forward.
“In the middle of you you can’t openly come in and try to make that happen and try to jump hoops and you have anedda man a seh: ‘yow wi a guh, throw it unda di bus’ di first chance you understand. I worked too hard for my brand and my career to risk a whole fi dem suh “, he had declared.
âI’m still going to help; I always fundraise; I can write checks when I want to go to the hospital. But at the end of the day, I can still buy materials and help. But to really start off as we come in with what they shot the other day, I’m not comfortable that way, âthe Lucky day the artist said.
Shaggy added, âWe’re not ruling it out either. His Shaggy and his friends; I am just the face of a group of people. We have a tip you know. But what they did didn’t just hurt me; it hurt them (board members) at the same time, and they also felt offended. So if this is a situation where everyone sits down and feels like we’re in space and that’s the right feel, the right timer, and the right motivation to do it, then maybe- to be. But in the meantime, we’re doing what we can at this point just to help where we can. “