Jamaica Gleaner /
With more than 30 boldfaced names in Caribbean music expected to perform, the benefit concert, Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON, is set to take place at the National Indoor Sports Centre on November 22, 2017.
“We are moved to help the people affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria and this has galvanised many in the music industry. We now have a movement that’s natural, and given the heightened level of interest, we knew we had to raise the bar. That’s why we are now moving to the National Indoor Sports Centre, Kingston’s best venue for the kind of production we want to deliver,” said Joe Bogdanovich, founder of Caribbean Love Now.
He noted that the change in venue was only made possible with the support of the Hon. Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.
“There is no doubt that Minister Grange has a very sharp instinct for the kind of work we want to do with Caribbean Love Now. The concert event can have regional and global impact. We appreciate the Minister’s contribution in helping to make this happen,” Bogdanovich said.
Some of the best-known performers in reggae, gospel, dancehall and soca, have signed on for the benefit concert from which proceeds will go directly to the people of countries affected by the hurricanes.
The complete line up is: Assassin; Beenie Man; Blvck H3ro; Beres Hammond; Bunji Garlin; Bunny Wailer; Carlene Davis; Chino McGregor; Christopher Martin; D-Major; Devin Di Dakta; Etana; Fay-Ann Lyons, Freddie McGregor; Harry Toddler; Iba Mahr; Jah Cure; Jesse Royal; Kevin Downswell; Naomi Cowan; Nesbeth; Protoje; Raging Fyah; Romain Virgo; Sizzla; Sean Paul and Chi-Ching Ching; Stephen McGregor; Tarrus Riley; Third World; Tommy Lee Sparta, Toots and the Maytals and Vegas, backed by the All-Star Reggae Band led by Dean Fraser.
Tommy Cowan, Miss Kitty and Nikki Z, along with Pretty Boy Floyd, will host the concert. The sound system will be provided by Stone Love.
Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON, is presented with the support of Jamaica Tourist Board; RJR Communications Group; Sportsmax TV, DownSound Entertainment; Red Stripe; Flow; Digicel, Phase 3,Hardware & Lumber; H&L Rapid True Value; H&L Agro; Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records; Franjam, KLE; Parkland Industrial Co.; R Hotel; and Argyle Industries.
Tickets are General Admission, $1,000; VIP, $3,000, and VVIP, $6,000. Tickets are available online at jamathon2017.eventbrite.com and at Fontana Pharmacy; York Pharmacy; H&L Rapid True Value and H&L Agro stores.
Fans across the world will be able to experience Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON via live stream on YouTube at the Reggae Sumfest Live Streaming & Video channel.