Shaggy and Morgan Heritage Light Up The O2

Shaggy at the Respect Jamaica 50th Concert at the O2

The Royal family of Reggae, Morgan Heritage  and Shaggy struck like a  bolt of lightning and lit up the crowd like a luminous display of fireworks, at the Indigo O2  to celebrate Jamaica’s 50th year of independence.

A sea of people from a vast diaspora  filtered through the doors of the 02 for the Respect Jamaica 50th concert, united in a wave of  attires and  adorned with the tropical green, black and yellow  colours of  the Jamaican flag. The crowd stood shoulder to shoulder from wall to wall, all  joined in unity in their anticipatory desires  to absorb the Jamaican vibes – So, with  Jamaica’s staple tipple, Wray and Nephews in hand, we were all ready to ‘sizzle me nizzle’.

Morgan Heritage  – Nakhamyah “Lukes” Morgan, Peter “Jahpetes” Morgan, Memo “Mr. Mojo” Morgan, Una Morgan, Roy “Gramps” Morgan

The opening act, Raging Fyah warmed up the crowd with their brilliance to pave the way for the spectacular performance by Morgan Heritage, who not only brought the reggae roots of Jamaica to the O2, but brought the culture to the entire  audience.  The five piece band of siblings who have  regrouped for the first time after a five-year hiatus, hit the stage like an earthquake and rocked the O2 to its core by delivering a rousing, soulful performance.

The vocal quality of the group and especially that of lead singer Peter Morgan and his brother Roy, sent shivers down the spine and goose pimples atop the surface of the skin like only a God-given, talented voice can do.  The music spoke for itself and the statement proudly emblazoned on the chests of all members of the backing band  –  ‘Morgan Heritage  – The Return’, ensured the audience knew they were in  for a spiritually rising, musical renaissance – reminiscent of  the real reggae music of yonder years.

Morgan Heritage’s Lead Singer Peter Morgan

If like me you are well under thirty, perhaps you are wondering ‘who is Morgan Heritage?’, but if you listen to reggae music, you have certainly heard one of their renowned songs from any of their two decades of discography – Which allowed the band to roll out a red carpet array of  hits like Down By The River and Nothing To Smile About.

Singer and Keyboardist Roy Morgan

The illusory anti-climax came when Morgan Heritage’s  lead singer Peter announced that the show  was to  come to a premature end – this was met with a collective gasp  that  silenced the room like the aftermath of a tornado.  Then the big screens lit up to show the live screening of  the lightning legend, Usain Bolt’s stupendous world record-breaking 100 meter’s  win, to bring home the Olympic Gold for Jamaica. At this stage the crowd erupted into a euphoric, ear-splitting union of celebration, which  was the  penultimate way to welcome in Jamaica’s 50th Independence, following the next day on Monday the 6th August.

The last and most breath-taking climax came when, ‘Mr Boombastic’  Shaggy,  the undisputed Reggae lothario blasted on to the stage – and  having just left the Olympic stadium himself, he brought  the explosive energy of  the Olympic Games with him.

Shaggy Prepares His Microphone for Action

Shaggy’s electrifying performance was a sight to behold, replacing Morgan Heritage’s roots and culture reggae  with its musical descendant, Dancehall music. His on stage persona of the did not fail to feed ones imagination and excite the women, who screamed like they were teenagers at their first ‘doo wop’ concert –  and the mere presence of Shaggy’s wife in view off  stage failed to dampen their salacious appetites.

 Shaggy commanded the stage and set his precedence by churning out a number of famous hits such as, Oh Carolina, It Wasn’t Me, In The Summertime,  Love Mi Jamaica, new song Sugarcane, and of course Mr Boombastic. As he played to his on-stage repertoire,  gyrated up and down the stage and cavorted his way through his set, by placing the microphone in his trousers and un-buckling his belt –  his gesticulations assured us, we knew we were in for a total knock out performance.

Shaggy and backing singer Aiesha wining up On-stage

The crowd could not get enough as Shaggy ‘wine up waist’  through his performance whilst simultaneously interacting with the women in the audience, and at one stage requesting, “All the women here with their men wave your hands…and all the women here with someone else’s man wave your hand”, to which he interjected, “It Wasnt Me”,  – A somewhat quirky lead up to his performance of the song of the same name.

A favourite artist of the late and great Michael Jackson himself, by the close of Shaggy’s set the dominant, lustful  female crowd were ready to Beat It –  They were well and truly revved up and raring to go – Go through it all again of course.

Shaggy at the Respect Jamaica 50th Concert at the O2

Check out some videos of  Shaggy and Morgan Heritage performing at the Respect Jamaica 50th Concert below  – As the music in the Indigo O2 was exceptionally loud this is reflected at certain points in the  the sound of the recordings.





The Fashion at The Respect Jamaica 50th Concert

Posh Yardie at the Respect Jamaica 50th Concert at the O2

Jacket –  Zara  On Sale £39.99 was originally £79.99

Shirt – £11 Marks & Spencer 2 Pack Kidswear

Skirt – Risky £6

Belt – Primark £2.50

Shoes  – River Island On Sale £30 was originally £69.99

Clutch Bag – Select On Sale £4 was orginally £6

Accessories – All from Primark On Sale £1 each


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