Mount Gay Rum Distilleries will be hosting a charity concert on August 11 dubbed ‘From Inside The Circle Live in Concert’ at their Spring Garden headquarters and 100 per cent of the concert’s proceeds will be donated to the Substance Abuse Foundation.
In addition, on the night of the concert, there will be songwriting sessions by veteran entertainer and member of the Merrymen Emile Straker, Cultural Ambassador to Barbados the Mighty Gabby and Indra Rudder as well as live performances by Krisirie and Lennox.
The company’s Managing Director Raphael Grisoni said that although the main focus of the company was on fine wine and spirits he was hopeful that the new government would have focused attention on the issue of drinking and driving.
“I was expecting that we can finally have a new regulation [on drinking and driving]. I think that it is a great opportunity to partner with the Substance Abuse Foundation to raise awareness about the impact of [that behaviour], the bad use of drinking and [drunk] driving,” Grisoni said.
He added that the event would give young Barbadian artistes an opportunity to showcase their talent as the concert will be aired live on Flow1 networks in 14 Caribbean countries.
“We have a very close relationship with the entertainment industry and are pleased that we can provide the platform for local artistes to benefit from additional exposure in the region as they showcase the high level of talent that exists here,” he added.
Inside the Circle Producer Fabian James said his company Tyndrum Media is excited to be recording the final episode of the event at Mount Gay Distilleries.
“This is a perfect setting for turning a workplace into a concert space. We have gathered some of the finest Barbadian musicians to perform inside of this historic cultural landmark. It will be a night not to be missed,” James said.
Featured performer Lennox said he was excited to be a featured artiste as it is a way for both himself and Krisirie to bring positive vibes with their music.
“I thought it was a brilliant idea because of the Substance Abuse Foundation and the association with it. It was something that was very close to me and a lot of people would relate to… [It] is a great thing and a good opportunity for myself and for Kristen to be able to paint a positive light with music,” he said.
Meanwhile, Krisirie added that she was also thrilled to be performing at the event which will help fund some of the programmes hosted by the Substance Abuse Foundation.
“It is going to be a pleasure to perform for all of you. I am very happy to support the substance abuse foundation and I am just excited,” she said.