Shaggy & Friends Bustamante Hospital for Children Benefit Concert with Neyo, Tessanne & more

Shaggy & Friends Bustamante Children's Hospital Fundraiser
The Caring Continues. The Shaggy & Friends benefit concert for the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation returns on January 4th, 2014 to the lawns of the Jamaica House in Kingston, Jamaica.   The initial fund raising Benefit for the Bustamante Hospital for Children started in 2009 and was last held in January of 2012. According to a report in the Jamaica Gleaner,  Rebecca Packer, Executive Director of the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation indicates the event will be held on a biennial basis.

As usual the line up includes an impressive list of  artists including Shaggy himself,  Ne-Yo,  and Tessanne which will be her first major appearance since winning NBC's The Voice competition. The line-up also includes performances by Jamaican artists Tarrus Riley, Konshens, Elephant Man, Chronixx, Wayne Marshall, Assassin, Pinchers and Admiral Bailey.  Recently it was announced that Matthew Schuler,  a contestant on  The Voice has also been added to the line-up. 

Update 12/29  Sean Paul will be performing. 

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For the latest info on the event, follow Shaggy and Friends online @ShaggynFriends

You can donate to Shaggy's Make a Difference Foundation

Save a Life by  Shaggy and Friends

Shaggy's latest release 'Out of Many, One Music' #OOMOM

Shaggy's latest release 'Out of Many, One Music' was released by Ranch Entertainment on October 1, 2013  and is available in major online outlets including Amazon, Itunes and more.  As of December 17th, the cd is also available in major retailers  Best Buy, Walmart, Barnes & Noble.

Preview the tracks below.
Empress K is the Founder, Primary Photo-Journalist and Editor of  www.reggaereflection.com.  The Reggae Reflection team has gained international recognition with quality coverage of premier reggae events in Jamaica, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Barbados, Guyana, and Nigeria as well as numerous completed photography assignments  for notable  reggae events in the New England area, NY, Alabama, and Florida region.   Festival coverage has included Groovin In the Park, Six Flags NJ Caribbean Concert Series, IRAWMA,HangOut Festival Alabama, 9Mile Festival Miami, Rebel Salute, Sunfest FL , www.oneheartfestival.com and more. 
  • * Awarded Best Digital Media (nominated along with 9 other Media Outlets)  Linkage Awards in NY 3/11/12
  • * Nominated by The Association of Independent Reggae Music (AIRM)  for the “Most Reggae Outlet" in NYC
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Congrats to Reggae Grammy Nominees: Beres, Ziggy, Sizzla, Sly & Robbie and Snoop Lion

Reggae Grammys Snoop Lion, Ziggy Marley, Sly & Robbie, Sizzla, Beres HammondPhoto Source:: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File: Grammy.jpg
12/6/13 This year's nominations for Best Reggae Album include former Grammy winners Ziggy Marley,  Sly & Robbie,  and previous Grammy nominees Beres Hammond and Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg). While Snoop Dogg has 15 previous Grammy nominations under his belt he has yet to win and this is of course is his first nomination in the Reggae Category.  This marks the first Grammy nomination for Sizzla. 




The 56th AnnualGrammy Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, January 26th, 2014.

Congratulations to the Nominees  for  Best Reggae Album Category 
          Label VP Records  
          Label: Tuff Gong Worldwide
           Label: VP Records
           Label: K'z Records
          Label: RCA Records/Berhane Sound System
           /Boss Lady Ent

For the full list of Grammy Nominees:   http://www.grammy.com/nominees  

Beres Hammond

Beres Hammond nominated for Grammy
Beres Hammond Photo Credit: Reggae Reflection

Ziggy Marley

Ziggy Marley Nominated for Grammy
Ziggy Marley Photo Credit: Reggae Reflection

Sizzla

Sizzla Nominated for Grammy
Sizzla Photo Credit: Floops Fotos www.FloopsFotos.com

Sly and Robbie

Sly and Robbie Nominated for Grammy
Sly & Robbie Photo Credit: Koch

Snoop Lion

Snoop Lion nominated for Grammy
Snoop Lion Photo Credit: Reggae Reflection

A look back at last year's Reggae Grammy Category in 2013


For more on Reggae at the Grammys in 2013 and the impact on Social Media click here http://reggaereflection.com/4/post/2013/02/reggae-at-the-55th-grammys-boosts-sales-of-bob-marley-and-the-wailers-song-could-you-be-loved-and-spikes-social-media-stats.html
Empress K is the Founder, Primary Photo-Journalist and Editor of  www.reggaereflection.com.  The Reggae Reflection team has gained international recognition with quality coverage of premier reggae events in Jamaica, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Barbados, Guyana, and Nigeria as well as numerous completed photography assignments  for notable  reggae events in the New England area, NY, Alabama, and Florida region.   Festival coverage has included Groovin In the Park, Six Flags NJ Caribbean Concert Series, IRAWMA,HangOut Festival Alabama, 9Mile Festival Miami, Rebel Salute, Sunfest FL and more. 
  • * Awarded Best Digital Media (nominated along with 9 other Media Outlets)  Linkage Awards in NY 3/11/12
  • * Nominated by The Association of Independent Reggae Music (AIRM)  for the “Most Supporting Reggae Media 
    •    Outlet in 2012"  NYC award show 2/23/13
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Updated 6/10:  "Empress of Soul" Gladys Knight added to the lineup.       Summer Heats Up in NYC with Groovin in the Park, a Day of Reggae, Rhythm & Blues at Roy Wilkins Park on July 1, 2012.   In what has already been billed by many as the most highly anticipated outdoor festival of the summer in NYC, Groovin Inc.  has announced Groovin in the Park,  A Day of Reggae Rhythm & Blues, which will take place on Sunday, July 1st, 2012 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.   Sure to be a highlight of NYC's 4th of July festivities, Reggae Legends Beres Hammond ,Jimmy Cliff  & Beenie Man (announced June 5th) will share the stage with R&B Legends Boyz II Men and Gladys Knight (announced 6/10).  Gates open at noon. 
Updated 6/3: According to the official website www.groovininthepark.com R. Kelly will not be performing.  For more info click  see the official statement here  http://www.groovininthepark.com/item/92-statement-from-groovin-in-the-park-concert

According to the official website www.groovininthepark.com, tickets are onsale  online at www.groovininthepark.com

Additional Ticket Locations:   http://www.groovininthepark.com/ticket-info
  • The Door Restaurant: (Queens) - 718-525-1083
  • The Smokehouse: (Queens) - 718-527-1536
  • VP Records: (Queens) - 718-297-5802
  • People's Choice Furniture: (Bronx) - 718-231-6060
  • People's Choice Furniture: (Brooklyn) - 718-221-1313
  • SQPA: (Queens) - 718-276-4630
V.I.P Admission - $150Prime viewing location 
VIP hospitality 
VIP Extras 
+ More

General Admission - $69.99   Gates open at noon. 

Check www.groovininthepark.com for the latest info.   Also check them on  Facebook - Groovin in the Park FB Page

 
 
Interview with CEO George Crooks, Jammins Entertainment
Marjorie Flash 
Reggae Reflection Contributor

Once in a Lifetime: Singers in Action with Beres Hammond, Wayne Wonder, and Sanchez heads to Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC 8/11/2011.
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George Crooks
“Bigger and better events every year, that’s what we say” declared George Crooks, CEO of Jammins Entertainment whose next upcoming event, “Once In A Life Time Singers In Action – Love Within the Music” is being billed as history in the making is scheduled for August 11th at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.  With these three superstars of reggae taking the stage in the same concert it is going to be an amazing event.  Ladies please hold on to your undergarments!!  At Beres’ concert at BAM last year, a young lady gave him her bra….which he graciously gave back!

In a sit down conversation with George Crooks he gave me some insight as to how this highly anticipated tour came about.  “Last year we did Beres Hammond and we did Sanchez with great performances by both.  But you know, I can remember in the Bronx with Sanchez we had to turn people back, and Beres had two sold out shows.  So I figured I would combine the two events into one great show, and that’s what we are doing at Hammerstein this year but adding Wayne Wonder too;  three of the greatest singers of all time in New York on the same stage.  That’s mind blowing for me, so I’m looking forward to hearing all that from my audience.”

After a couple years of bringing two sold out Beres shows each year to BAM, George explains the reason the concert has been moved to Hammerstein Ballroom.  “Hammerstein is more central and Beres wanted to get a more rock concert vibes because as we know people stand up for Beres’ concerts from the first song to the last song.  Hammerstein is one of the first concerts we did for Beres, “Live at the Hammerstein”, was filmed in total surround sound.  One of the best DVD’s of all times and the best selling DVD that VP Records had ever done and we really enjoyed doing that event so we really are looking forward to doing it there again.”



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Fans of these three legendary singers will be enthralled at the prospect of hearing their favorite songs.    We are sure to hear Beres tunes from his latest album like “I feel good”, and such rock steady melodies of yesteryear like “Double Trouble”, “Sweetness”, and “Rockaway” just to name a few of my favorite songs.   While Sanchez will definitely take us on a trip down memory lane belting out oldies but goodies like “Brown Eye Girl”, “Missing You”, “ I think I can Fly”, “Never Dis a Man”,” One In a Million” and “Praise Him”.  Sanchez can still have everyone hanging on to his every note as I witnessed from his concert last year.   Sexy crooner Wayne Wonder completes this trio lineup bringing his style of classic hits like “You Me and She”, “Baby You and I’, “Saddest Day”, “When I’m With You” and his mega successful hit with Buju Banton “Bonafide Love”.  Wayne Wonder will most certainly add flavor to an already spicy pot.

Tickets are selling out fast, and as George says “This is Manhattan, so you can expect a lot of special guests to come out and big up Beres.  We are looking forward to seeing everybody there, it’s gonna be a crazy rock and roll show.”   

George Crooks has been in the business of promoting music festivals for over 30 years ago.  Asked how he got started in this business he explains, “I got started because I was going to school at University of North Florida and needed to pay my school fee, and I was on the student government so we booked Peter Tosh for a concert at the school.  Then we decided to get a park and book Peter Tosh in concert and charged $1, we had 8,000 kids in the park.  So we started doing concerts, we had Inner Circle, a group called Roots Uprising and even had Bette Wright on stage.”    Fast-forward, Jammins Entertainment has diversified bringing R&B acts, such as the awesome concerts he did last year with The O’Jays and Patti LaBelle both sold out shows at BAM and as George informs us, “Patti LaBelle was an awesome concert, she kicked off her shoes and really got down the audience loved it.  The people want to see more of these kinds of shows and I’m going to bring them.”  Another area of entertainment George has branched out to is stage plays such as “Loving Him is Killing Me” which has seen huge success in New York, and Miami last year.   George says “we are bringing it back to New York at the Beacon Theatre October 7 with stars like Kenny Lattimore and our own Jamaican Tyson Beckford in it.”

Another successful event presented by Jammins Entertainment is the renowned Brooklyn Music Festival.  Usually put on in July, this year George dedicated his time to focus on the Beres show, but advises he anticipates that the BMF could be rescheduled for September 5th, as once the Beres event is over he will have more time to focus on it.   So look out for that folks!

In the meantime, you won’t want to miss the “Singers in Action concert”,   August 11, 2011 at Hammerstein Ballroom.   Please go out and get your tickets before they sell out.  Doors open 7pm and the show will start at 8pm sharp.

Seats can be reserved at Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com or Jammins, www.tix4me.com.  Visit www.jammins.com  or call 718-282-8041 for further ticket purchase information.

For a preview of the upcoming show, check out the commercial below.