This past weekend, hundreds of people across the Caribbean came together at a series of concerts with the aim of raising funds to assist neighbours whose countries were ravaged by the recent hurricanes.
Concerts staged in Trinidad and Tobago and Antigua under the theme Caribbean Strong, were very well attended. There were appearances by artistes including Machel Montano, Destra Garcia, Konshens, Tessanne Chin, among many others.
The hurricane relief concert in Barbados, staged by different producers, presented a spectacular line up but the attendance was disappointing. A glance around the Wildey Gymnasium would have shown just about 100 people at most, give or take a few.
DeCarla Applewaite, communications director of Ticketpal, the organizers of the event, told Bajan Vibes they were expecting more people to attend show.
“We hoped for more persons but it’s a long term, on-going initiative. One of the aims was to give greater awareness to hurricane and disaster preparedness,” she said. “Those affected countries are still in dire straits. Much of the infrastructure was destroyed, and a lot of work still has to be done.”
Applewaite said they would be sending items collected at the concert to the affected islands within a month’s time.
“We are trying to touch each community in each island that has been affected., working with FEMA to help us identify the communities,” she said.
The concert was scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. but did not get underway until just before 7 p.m. as people slowly trickled in. They were treated to performances by top local and regional artistes including Jamaica’s Freddie McGregor and and Queen Ifrica, Martinique’s Sael, Road March Queen Michelle Big Red King from Guyana, Skinny Fabulous, Dynamite representing St Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua’s Drastic, Supa Dymond and from Barbados RPB, Lil Rick, Alison Hinds, TC, Tamara Marshall, Biggie Irie, Blood, Leadpipe and Saddis, Buggy Nhakente, Kirk Brown, Marzville, Dancin Africa, Allison Norville, Neesha Woodz and De Warrior, among others.
Though making up a small crowd, patrons nevertheless enjoyed themselves, dancing and singing along to the presentations put on for them. The concert was streamed live throughout the region via the Internet to include viewers in the fund-raising drive.