Shaggy says Trump election a wake up call


Friday, December 22, 2017

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Shaggy sees the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States of America as a blessing in disguise.

For the Jamaican-born act, who migrated to the US and fought in the Gulf War as a member of the army, Trump's presidency has caused black people in America to wake up to the reality of how they are really seen in that country.

“Donald Trump cause everybody to find dem yard. I fought for the United States government, did four years in the military and fought in the Gulf War; I pay taxes in America — you do not want to know the figure; and at the end of the day I am just a number — a black man. I am just a second-class citizen. That doesn't change in America.”

“I am one of those persons who is glad Donald Trump is president... absolutely! It makes us realise that some of the people I thought was my really good friends, really are not. He (has) allowed a lot of people to come out of their face. Because a lot of them were really just keeping it under wraps. These are people who you would have trusted to a point that you would have left all your children's future in their hands. They were your friends... they were at your dinner table. So it's good that he's president because it has allowed a lot of people to wake up. You have not seen so many people wake up,” Shaggy continued.

He said that is the reason he took to keep his family in Jamaica, which for him truly feels like home.

“Me want the village to raise my kids. I want my daughters to have friends and have a culture. There is no better culture in the world than Jamaica. For me, to raise my children with a strong cultural background, a heart, and a certain level of toughness, there is no place like Jamaica.”

He has previously explained that the fact that his family is here is part of the reason he contributes time and efforts into the Shaggy and Friends concert to raise funds for the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

Shaggy noted that plans for the January 6 event are well underway and everything is moving full speed ahead to raise the US$1 million which his wife and partner, Rebecca, has set for the target for this concert.

“The ICU (Intensive Care Unit), which is what we are focussing on this year only has five beds. Each bed costs about US$100,000. We are focussing on the ICU because it's only five beds for the needs of the Jamaican people plus the English-speaking Caribbean. We would really like to increase that to 10. Would love it to be 15, but if I get 10 beds we will have the chance to tend to more patients and put a dent in the problem.”

International acts Sting, Wyclef Jean, Fetty Wap and Doug E Fresh will join a slew of Jamaican acts, including Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons, Christopher Martin, Aidonia, Dexta Daps, Junior Reid, Shenseea, Barrington Levy, Third World, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Capleton, Professor Nuts and Wayne Wonder,on the grounds of Jamaica House for the event.




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