Members of the Caribbean entertainment fraternity are coming together in Barbados next weekend to stage a concert in aid of thousands displaced across the region following the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Spokesman for the I Am Caribbean Live Aid Project, Orlando Newton of TicketPal.com, made the announcement today at the official launch of the venture at the Harbour Road studios of the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC)
Newton said he was compelled to reach out in light of the devastation and regional artists quickly got on board.
“After Hurricane Irma, we got requests from hospitals that were short on supplies, and when Maria struck earlier this week, it kicked our efforts into high gear, so we reached out to the entertainment fraternity to start a relief fund. We got a quick response from Jamaica and Trinidad, and this fund is aimed at providing immediate relief without some of the “red tape” that often hampers such efforts.”
The fund has received full support from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and other regional partners, including the accounting firm KPMG, which will be monitoring the disbursement of the funds, and a board will eventually be established to oversee its operations. “Ultimately we want this fund to cover more than just hurricanes but also some of the other natural disasters that affect the Caribbean from time to time, and we are reaching out to our brothers and sisters in the diaspora as well,” Newton said.
The concert is slated for the Bushy Park motor racing circuit on Saturday, September 30, and will comprise of two elements.
Ruel Ward of Pyramid Entertainment, which is handling this aspect of the event, said “We have brought together some bandleaders to stage a J’ouvert-type event to kick off the evening’s proceedings at 2 p.m., and then the concert will start at 4 p.m.”
The cast of entertainers, who have all agreed to perform free of cost, includes Barbadian stars – , Lil Rick, Alison Hinds, Peter Ram, Biggie Irie, Neesha Woodz, De Warrior, Red Plastic Bag and Rupee, as well as Freddie McGregor from Jamaica, Skinny Fabulous from St. Vincent, Ronald Boo Hinkson from St. Lucia and Tallpree from Grenada. The organizers are also trying to get the Dominican artists WCK, Michelle Henderson and Asa Banton on board.
LIAT has agreed to fly the overseas artists in for the show, while Barbados TODAY and the CMC are the media partners of the event.
Patrons wishing to take part in the J’ouvert event will pay $60, while those coming for the concert alone will be charged $25. All of the proceeds will go towards the disaster relief efforts. People can also donate to the cause on TicketPal.com’s website.