In the summer of 2017, Grammy-award winning reggae artist Shaggy brought the good vibes to troops and their families in Japan and Okinawa.
Shaggy, a US Marine veteran himself, performed at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Camp Hansen and Naval Air Facility Atsugi. He brought his hit songs, like “It Wasn’t Me”, “Boombastic”, and “Angel,” along with some new tunes for a morale-boosting good time.
Shaggy joined the Marines in 1988 and served in the 10th Marine Regiment during the Persian Gulf War. It was during his service that he began to hone his signature singing voice and had released his first hit, “Oh Carolina,” by 1993.
To Shaggy, music has always been his passion, and the fans – like the ones who attended his shows on base – are the reason he’s been able to keep chasing that dream.
“I’m still here because of their love affair with the type of music that I put out,” he said. “And every record that came out, came out in a certain time of their lives that really connected people.”
I live for nothing else but music. And the fans are important to the music, so that makes them very important to me.
While at MCAS Iwakuni, Shaggy sat down with Cpl. Donato Maffin for an interview. With a full house at the concert, Shaggy told Cpl. Maffin he enjoyed performing for the troops there.
“I think there’s a certain amount of enthusiasm and energy that comes with that audience … it is rewarding. They just give you that vibe,” Shaggy said.
He told Cpl. Maffin that he hoped the troops had a good time at the show as well.
“I hope they danced until their feet were tired and they went home with a smile on their face that made their jaws hurt,” Shaggy said. “I hope to put a little soul in their hearts, a little music. Reggae music is good for that.”
And it seems they did enjoy the show!
“The atmosphere of all the service members coming together in a unified love for Shaggy was awesome,” Sgt. Christopher Pietz told Cpl. Maffin. “The concert was incredible. Shaggy is an amazing showman.”
To my Marines, Semper Fi. And to all the servicemen, thanks for their service, man.