Shaggy will bring Sebastian character to life in ABC’s new “The Little Mermaid Live.”

Dancehall superstar Shaggy is set to play Sebastian the Crab in the live concert production of The Little Mermaid, to air on ABC later this year. The dancehall legend has been getting praises from his Jamaican compatriots including fellow artistes, Bounty Killer, and Jesse Royal are elated. The network announced yesterday that Shaggy had been cast to play Sebastian alongside Queen Latifah who has been billed as Ursula and Aulii Cravalho as Ariel. The live musical event is set for airing on November 5 as part of The Wonderful World of Disney franchise honoring the 30th anniversary of The Little Mermaid.

Shaggy broke the news via Instagram last night in two posts, penning “#TheLittleMermidLive swims to November 5 with Shaggy as Sebastian, @auliicravalho as Ariel and @queenlatifah as Ursula,” as the caption for the first post. Jamaicans immediately responded with glee, with some fans seemingly thinking he was cast for the actual film, which has sparked much controversy since it was announced that African American Halle Bailey would be playing Ariel.
-Urban Islandz