Celebrating the 30th anniversary of his chart-topping track “Oh Carolina,” Reggae / Dancehall superstar Shaggy is gearing up to light up the stages at the iconic Notting Hill Carnival in London this coming August Bank Holiday.
Known for mega-hits like “Angel” and “It Wasn’t Me,” as well as for his collaboration with the legendary Sting, Shaggy promises a memorable performance on the Saxon and Rampage stages. This landmark performance marks three decades since “Oh Carolina” climbed to the top of the UK charts.
Adding to the excitement, Shaggy has recently unveiled a soca-driven EP, ‘In The Mood.’
In a heartfelt statement, Shaggy expressed his enthusiasm, noting, “The Notting Hill Carnival stands tall as a monumental celebration of Caribbean culture, both its rich past and vibrant future. This year, resonating with the vibe of my latest EP ‘In The Mood,’ I aim to immerse the audience in the essence of dancehall, soca, reggae, and dance, bringing everyone together in a musical fiesta.”
The Notting Hill Carnival festivities commence on Sunday, August 27, featuring the vibrant J’Ouvert and the Children’s Day parade. The main event unfolds on Monday, August 28, with the community showcasing their meticulously crafted costumes, encapsulating a year-long celebration of Caribbean heritage.
This edition of the carnival pays tribute to the Windrush Generation, marking 50 years of Mas and Sound Systems. The year also marks the 75th anniversary of HMT Empire Windrush’s voyage, bringing Caribbean individuals to the UK shores. For a deep dive into the event, fans are encouraged to check out the carnival’s official website.
On a side note, Shaggy, earlier this summer, shed light on the oft-misunderstood lyrics of “It Wasn’t Me,” clarifying in a People interview, “It’s not a nod to infidelity. Rather, it’s a bold stance against it. The twist? You have to listen to the song till the very end to catch it.”