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Wyclef Jean points to importance of Shaggy charity concert

Tuesday, January 02, 2018



PLATINUM-SELLING recording artiste Wyclef Jean has thrown his support behind the staging of this year's Shaggy and Friends the benefit concert geared towards raising money to improve health care to the island's sick children.

“…It's important to show up; the same way if you're promoting liquor or a cellphone company you show up. This is a cause and, for me, I can relate to Shaggy 100 per cent. It's similar to Haiti. I was the first one to bring a CT (computed tomography) scan machine to the country. People don't really understand that sometimes every little bit counts. Five cents is going to make a huge difference in a scope of dealing with a country like Haiti,” the Haitian-American international musician said.

“I'm here because for a man to sacrifice himself to public service it is the worst commitment for a rock star; when you look at going from being appreciated to have to go now and turn into what we call an international beggar. I'm here because this is very important,” Jean told yesterday's Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange, held at the newspaper's Beechwood Avenue offices.

The concert has attracted a slew of international and local stars in an effort to raise funds for the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

Conceptualiser Orville Burrell, whose stage name is Shaggy, told the Observer yesterday that the experience over the years has been a humbling one.

“I'm not doing this to get recognition. As Wyclef says, we are international beggars. Dealing with this hospital has been a blessing for me in so many ways. It's not that we feel good that we're doing something great, as well as we're helping somebody, but it has taught me something about negotiating, being sensitive to certain things and humbling myself,” Shaggy shared.

This year's event, scheduled for January 6 on the lawns of Jamaica House, will facilitate the expansion of the hospital's Intensive Care Unit.

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