December 19, 2008
Shaggy inspires Rwandans to dance to the reggae beat
Reggae has been rocking the African state of Rwanda. Diamond-selling reggae artiste Shaggy performed there for the first time on Saturday night, and the week before it was Sean Paul who thrilled Rwandans.
In recognition of their 10th anniversary, phone provider MTN invited Mr Boombastic to help them celebrate, and in true Shaggy style he gave them a show that will long be remembered. The list of attendees was headed by the Rwandan president, Paul Kagame.
Reports out of Africa indicate that by 9:30 on the evening of the show the atmosphere was buzzing with anticipation as a long-coated, baseball-capped Shaggy stepped on to the stage and launched into song.
It is further reported that there was a tense moment when security guards tried to move the crowds back from the front of the stage with batons. At this point, Shaggy reportedly stopped the show to appeal to the guards and the crowds, urging “everybody relax.” The concert is said to have continued unmarred with fans waving their arms in the air, singing along and, at one point, lighting up their mobile phones in the night sky.
Throughout the gig he covered all of his signature tunes including Mr Boombastic, It Wasn’t Me, Bona Fide Girl, Hope and Repent. One of the highlights was a duo of Would You Be, performed with Tony Gold, one half of the reggae act Brian & Tony Gold.