LIVE at the JFK Library and Museum – A Conversation with Marine Veteran Shaggy

Seven-time nominated and two-time GRAMMY winner Shaggy was born Orville Richard Burrell in Jamaica, and after moving to New York at 18, he would soon enlist in the Marines. Two years into service he deployed with the 10th Marine Regiment to the Persian Gulf, and he looks back at that time as one of the building blocks of discipline that helped launch him into superstardom into the world of Dancehall and Reggae music.

For Shaggy, music has been a vehicle to bring different kinds of people to the same experience. But after meeting him, it’s not just the music that does this, it’s the spirit and grit that undoubtably were shaped by Marine discipline and deployment.

Many thanks to Shaggy for joining the Home Base Nation line-up, for your service as a US Marine and for what you bring to unity through music. Special thanks to Tracy Bufferd at team Shaggy and Sting for all your collaboration and support.

To get to know Shaggy more, see what he is up to for 2020, and to check out the New solo album Wah Gwaan, visit


  1. Boombastic (Shaggy, Livingston, Floyd)
  2. Soldier's Story (Shaggy, Pizzonia, Roston, Truhn, Ducent)

Many thanks to the staff at the JFK Library and Museum in Boston, MA

Photography - Joe Wallace

Introduction music - Darden Smith


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Cassandra Falone, Charlotte Luckey, Steve Monaco, Warrant Officer One Armand Hunter, Sergeant Major Bill Davidson

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Peter Smyth


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