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Music of Thursday, 9 August 2007


Shaggy storms Ghana again

Barring any last minute hitches, world acclaimed and award winning reggae and dance hall artist, Shaggy, will take Ghana by storm with two exciting live performances.

According to sources at MTN Ghana, sponsors of the event, Shaggy will perform tomorrow at the Joy Fm Old Skull Reunion at the Trade Fair Centre.

Shaggy’s performance in Ghana is the second in three years. Marlon Asher of ‘ganja farmer’ fame and Mr Vegas have also been billed to perform live during the event. S

haggy came to Ghana in January 2004 and staged a memorable show but signals we’re picking suggest that his fans in Ghana are still eager to see him perform his international hits live on stage.

Emerging in the early ’90s, Shaggy was the biggest crossover success in dancehall reggae. Not only did he become the genre’s most commercially potent artist in the international market, he was also more than just a typical flash in the pan, managing to sustain a career over the course of several highly popular albums.

Shaggy was born Orville Richard Burrell on October 22, 1968, in Kingston, Jamaica, and was nicknamed after the Scooby-Doo character. At age 18, he joined his mother in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn, New York, and soon began performing with the local Jamaican-style sound system Gibraltar Musik.

A steady income proved to be a more pressing matter, however, and in 1988 Shaggy joined the Marines. Stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, he continued to pursue music in his free time, and often made the drive back to New York for recording sessions.

He cut his first single, “Man a Mi Yard” b/w “Bullet Proof Buddy,” at age 20 for producer Don One’s own small label, for the follow-up, “Big Hood” b/w “Duppy or Uglyman,” he worked with producer Lloyd “Spiderman” Campbell.

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