The one and only SHAGGY live and direct in Humboldt county!
Mateel Community Center Redway, CA
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The one and only SHAGGY live and direct in Humboldt county!
and featuring RAYVON out on the "Out of Many, One Music" tour plus DJ's Marley & Northstar along with special guests Dysphunctional Species to open! Doors at 7 p.m. All ages welcome. Show ends at Midnight. Wood fired Pizza's by the Lost Frenchman with proceeds for the Southern Humboldt Community Park. Beer & Wine bar for 21 plus with I.D.
With a commanding presence, a distinctive voice that is recognizable throughout the world and titles such as artist, businessman, philanthropist and Grammy Award winner, SHAGGY is and has been a forced to be reckoned with. A son of the brambly streets of Kingston, Jamaica, his discipline-which he credits to his military background-has been the foundation of his success.
In 1993, Shaggy exploded on the music scene with his debut album PURE PLEASURE. His remix of the Ska classic Oh Carolina from that album was an instant hit in England and other countries. Shaggy followed up with his sophomore album BOOMBASTIC in 1995. BOOMBASTIC went certified platinum, won a Grammy Award in 1996 for Best Reggae Album and topped an impressive chart list that included the Top 40 Rhythmic charts, Hot 100, Billboard 200, among others. With the formation of Big Yard Music Group and the success of BOOMBASTIC, Shaggy forged ahead and recorded his third installment MIDNIGHT LOVER in 1997.
Fast forward to 2000, Shaggy released his fourth album HOTSHOT on MCA Records label. HOTSHOT went Diamond worldwide and Platinum 6 times in the United States. Notable singles from that album included It Wasn't Me and Angel. It Wasn't Me received a Grammy nomination. Single Luv Me, Luv Me featuring Janet Jackson was released on the Soundtrack for the movie "How Stella Got Her Groove Back." The album also won best selling album at the 2002 Juno Awards.
Thereafter, Shaggy busied himself in the studio recording his next album entitled INTOXICATION. INTOXICATION was released in 2007 and debuted at number 1 on Billboard's Top Reggae Albums chart, was nominated for Best Reggae Album at the 51st Grammy Awards in 2008 and was the number 1 download on UK iTunes Reggae chart. The first single, Church Heathen, from the album received rave reviews. The song peaked at number 1 on various music charts and won the Best Music Video at the International Reggae and World Music Awards in 2008. The second single Bonafide Girl also made its way to number 1 on music charts. That same year, Shaggy recorded and released single Feel The Rush which was used as the original anthem for the UEFA Euro Cup. The single was featured on various charts throughout Europe and India.
2012 saw Shaggy receiving yet another Grammy Nomination for his tenth studio album, SUMMER IN KINGSTON. The eight track album featured lead single Fired Up (Fuck the Rece$$ion!) with rapper Pitbull. The second single, Sugarcane, proved to be 2011's summer anthem and was in rotation on all major radio stations worldwide. The video for the "island vibe" single also garnered rave reviews. To promote the album, Shaggy appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The George Lopez Show, The Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda, The Dome (Germany), X-Factor (Slovakia) and RTL (France). Additionally, Shaggy embarked on a seven week summer tour that included performances at the London Olympics, the UK, France, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Luxembourg, Norway, Colombia, Azores Island Portugal and the US.
SUMMER IN KINGSTON was released under Shaggy's new label Ranch Entertainment, Inc., which was launched in 2011. The premiere reggae fusion label, headquartered in New York and Jamaica, was formed with the premise to develop and facilitate innovative approaches for up and coming artists to excel in the current market and provide establish artists with opportunities outside their usual channels. The label's roster to date includes artists such as Rayvon and Red Fox, both of whom Shaggy has worked with extensively over the years. One of the first international collaborations under the Ranch label was with Rap sensation, Eve. Through a meeting with Eve at the Ranch Studios in New York, after being booked for Shaggy and Friends in 2011, Shaggy played single Girls Just Want Have Fun for Eve which she immediately expressed interest in being included on the track. And the rest was history. Both the single and the video were released in summer 2012. The video worked its way to #1 on RTL France and climbed the charts in Germany. Additionally, the single has been in rotation on Poland's biggest radio station, RMF FM and #7 on National airplay chart. Girls Just Want Have Fun is one of the singles for Shaggy's soon to be released album, RISE.
An exemplary career that has spanned well over a decade, Shaggy has enjoyed cross-over success. But getting to the top hasn't been easy, "everything changes when you are a reggae artist that falls under the American gaze. The recognition in Jamaica, while paramount, does not measure to the United States' validation of an artist." This validation has catapulted Shaggy's career he is the only certified Diamond-selling Dancehall Reggae artist. However, Shaggy has remained humble, taking his career in strides. He has defied the odds, succeeded on his own terms and continues to break down barriers for those who dare to follow in his footsteps.
With the new set OUT OF MANY, ONE MUSIC, produced by the of "riddim twins" Sly & Robbie,Sting International and Steven "Lenky" Marsden (Buju Banton, Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder), Shaggy revisits that vintage vibe, the essence of the so-called "Reggae Revival". What is that essence? Strong story-telling in the songwriting, gaining input from so many different artists and producers, the originality of the one-drop, the accent of the guitar, horns, bubbling organ, live drums, deep bass all setting a perfect table for the singer, and in this case more than one singer to provide delectable soul food - comfortably over the riddim. This is a key aspect of the reggae revival, in a climate so desperate for unity, for teamwork amongst varied producers, incorporating varied styles, just like they had when the original art form was created 50 odd years ago and how it thrived to become what it is today on a global scale.
This is Shaggy's loveletter to reggae and to Jamaica, even the title indicates it, a nod to the national motto of Jamdown, "Out of Many One People". It's also an attempt to reconnect to the roots as he explains, "I've been criticized for years for not being authentic because of my pop success...People say I'm not this...I'm not that...Now I'm doing a Reggae album with the masters and people are saying its a game changer.".
Released on his own Ranch Entertainment imprint, you can tell that people spent real time together, writing and vibing to get this sound to the level that it is, there is so much love here. Trademark Sly & Robbie sound effects, delay, the starkness, the simplicity, the space between the notes, it's all there. Some of the guest artists, Cocoa Tea and Beres Hammond for example, should be up next for such a record, one produced with the highest standards of production that reggae music has as its foundation, at its roots, its raison d'être, the purpose that it serves as an art form.
The lead track - If You Slip You Slide (You Could Be Mine) shares the "Oh Carolina" type of riddim structure and likely will share its destiny for greatness. Sung as are all the tunes in combination, with Melissa Musique who shines with her vocal acrobatics and graceful tone. Shaggy uses the intros on many of the tunes to mention the artist's names and set the stage for their entrance.
For Till I Kiss Ya female vocalist Samira starts the song over a deliciously slow one-drop. Shaggy makes the pledge that this love will last forever chanting, "Even though your far away your never outta range". If this one doesn't make the dancefloor couple up, I don't know what will. Like Never Before showcases the best of rub-a-dub with Cocoa Tea moving through the first verse with the freshness of an ocean breeze, and Joe carrying the sweetness to another level. There are some recognizable, remade riddims, like the original Sitting and Watching- Dennis Brown riddim on the magnficent Beres Hammond tune, Fight This Feeling, but it is mostly constructed out of original riddims, unearthed from the goldmine for Shaggy and Friend's use.
For All We Need Is Love, he enlists, Jimmy Cozier and Konshens to explore break up to make up type of relationships. This one has a haunting riddim, one that will engage the massive, and a power trio of vocalists, it has the makings of a big tune. "If me haffi ask for mi money again, me and you can't stay friendscause right here so your credit did end" is the intro to Money & Friends, as Shaggy gets right to the point going it alone on this track, as someone who is rated as the one of the most wealthy reggae artists with Diamond sales status (10 million albums and above). He has likely experienced some fair weather friendships in his day.
For You Girl, he teams up with R&B megawatt star Ne-Yo who seems to have a wonderful time flowing on the reggae groove. The female support vocalists are lovely here as well. This is a lover's rock song, straight, a fun ride and sure to be a banger in the soundsystem arena and beyond. Peetah Morgan and Tessane Chin make the case with Shaggy for treachery in relationships on Deadly Love. The harmonies are nice here with the group, working through the issues of trust and lust. On My Duty Tarrus Riley & Shaggy go over the anatomy of a certain female in a sensuous slow jam, dutifully pointing out that she is "one-of-a-kind". This tune has some of reggae's most powerful voices who are able to shine brightly in their own particular styles, Tarrus with his own unique melodic structure, Shaggy with his staccato tempo and punchline in the phrasing, its hotta fiya!
The groove speeds up to a mid-tempo organ and horn seasoned ska number, Crazy - a boom shot that addresses serious issues facing humanity, the tendency for people to think of only themselves, using a timeless proverb from Jamaican patois. Damian "Jr. Gong/Gongzilla" Marley and Shaggy trade the same chorus, sung in a Jazz-influenced cadence, "It's crazy, how they'd rather see the whole pudding spoil than to share a slice with one hungry child, mankind so unkind.". Stating "it's crazy", and the patois retort, "don't?" as in, "isn't it?" to emphasize the selfish ways of some at the expense of the whole.
For Bridges, Chronixx, the mighty next generation falsetto singer, representing the reggae revival, rises to the occasion, singing "I bet you never wish you would have burned that bridge 'cause now you would like to cross it.". Shaggy sings the lead verse in a call and response as the artists remind us that we should try to be respectful of others as we rise to the top, addressing the unfortunate arrogance so prevalent in the industry. This is a beautifully constructed groove, the right mix of modern and classic, with the message in the music. Super trombone blasts, rocksteady type riddim guitar and bubbling keys put Shaggy in his comfort zone, discussing Trouble Under Your Roof which addresses problems in a relationship.
To end the release, Shaggy sings Scheming as a light hearted riddim sets the pace for the singer to accuse his lover of cheating.
Mateel Community Center (View)
59 Rusk Lane
Redway, CA 95560