On November 12th, 2017, I had the opportunity to watch Shaggy headline the third and final day of Cocoa, Florida’s second annual, Rootfire at the Park.
(cue “dreamy reminiscence” music)
Shaggy was the face of reggae in the early 90’s. Even though his popularity reached its peak in the early 2000’s, he can still draw a crowd of established fans as well a new generation of fans.
His set was opened up by New York based, reggae-dancehall group, RSNY, and he kicked off his set with his hit “Mr. Boombastic.”
That was also the kick-off to rehashes of my middle school and high school days when that song played on the radio, and I’d make my mixtapes. The flashbacks continued as he performed his other hits such as “Luv me, Luv me” which originally featured Janet Jackson, and his set would not have been complete without “Wasn’t Me” and “Angel”. In addition to his classic hits, he performed some of his newer tracks, among those, my personal favorite “I Need Your Love”.
As a teenager who grew up in the 90s and early 2000’s, to have watched Shaggy perform live for the first time in my adult life, this was a real treat, which I will never forget!
Be sure to catch Shaggy on tour. He’s currently getting ready to kick off 2018 in New Zealand and Australia.