Shaggy: Dogamuffin Style by Micah LocilentoShaggy: Dogamuffin Style by Micah Locilento

Shaggy: Dogamuffin Style

byMicah Locilento

Paperback | December 1, 2002

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Shaggy, born Orville Richard Burrell, has had hit singles in more than nine countries, making him the most popular reggae act since Bob Marley. This biography features conversations with family and friends and exposes the man behind the microphone, from his childhood in Kingston, Jamaica, and his teen years in the seedy dance halls of Brooklyn to his stint in the United States Marines during the Gulf War and his early struggles to launch his career. Shaggy's musical influences are traced, illustrating how he has stayed true to his unique vocal style over the years. His latest successes, including his historic deal with Virgin Records and the founding of his own label, indicate that reggae's brightest star will be shining for many years to come.
Micah Locilento is a writer and editor. An avid reggae fan, collector, and DJ, his interest in the music has inspired an enthusiasm for all forms of West Indian cultural production. As a graduate student at the University of Toronto he researched the social significance of the Jamaican sound system. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.
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Title:Shaggy: Dogamuffin StyleFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:180 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:December 1, 2002Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1550225235

ISBN - 13:9781550225235

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Selling ten million records is a rare feat for any recording artist in the U.S., but even more of an achievement for an artist with a distinctive foreign accent. Since he burst on the scene in 1992, Shaggy's Jamaican accent and unique vocal style has demonstrated an immensely marketable quality. Because of Shaggy's pop appeal, reggae "purists" often deem his music far too commercial. But does it take a commercial mind or a unique visionary to transform a Jamaican tune from the 60s, into "Oh Carolina," a blockbuster hit that reaches number one in ten countries?Other reggae fans argue that Shaggy's sound is too Americanized. You can't expect an artist living in Brooklyn, New York, to sound like he's straight out of Kingston, Jamaica, but instead, the combination of cultures creates an exciting, hybrid sound. By displaying his personality and musically asserting his distinctly Jamaican-American identity, Shaggy has done something that eluded even Bob Marley throughout his distinguished career: he attained a multi-million selling, number one hit in America, with "Boombastic" in 1995.While Shaggy has unabashedly injected popular American musical elements into reggae, more significantly, Shaggy's Jamaican sensibility has been accepted by the masses of American pop fans. As a result, Shaggy continues to conquer the American charts and, most recently, sold more records in 2001 than several of America's top-selling pop icons combined. There's no denying that in the 21st century, Shaggy is the definitive Jamaican accent in American music culture.