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'Shaggy & Friends' on January 4

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 | 2:52 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation will stage its concert  'Shaggy & Friends' on the lawns of Jamaica House in Kingston on Saturday, January 4, 2014. 

The Foundation has released a star-studded line-up, which includes host Shaggy alongside Tarrus Riley, Konshens, Elephant Man, Chronixx, Wayne Marshall, Assassin and others. Shaggy & Friends will also feature a full-length performance from Tessanne Chin in what will be her first major appearance since competing on NBC's The Voice.

Executive Director of the Shaggy Foundation Rebecca Packer explained the move to have the concert hosted every two years.

"Every single dollar that is earned at Shaggy & Friends goes directly to benefit the Bustamante Hospital. At the end of the day we have to respond to the economy and if we tried to do the show every year, the reality is that we would have to start using some of the proceeds to pay for the show," said Packer.

She added that the show is offset by donations from private individuals and corporate sponsorships. Those assisting this time around include Digicel, Scotiabank, Red Stripe, The Wisynco Group, KFC and Pizza Hut.

Shaggy & Friends 2014 will have three access tiers — silver, gold and platinum and will cost $5000, $10,000 and $20,000 respectively. 

In order to encourage more people to attend the Foundation is also offering a 20 per cent discount on tickets purchased before December 25.

"People who come out in thousands every year to the concert save so many lives. They have raised just under US$1 million over three years with ticket purchases and donations and they have truly made a difference.  It's not us here behind the scenes, really it is the people who come out to the show... it's them who help to keep so many children alive," Packer said.

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