Jamaica Gleaner - - EN­TER­TAIN­MENT -

Mackie Con­scious said a num­ber of top-flight acts have al­ready given their en­dorse­ment and will be sup­port­ing the event.

“To date, we have a list of over 50 name-brand en­ter­tain­ers to choose from .... we are ex­pect­ing them to make them­selves avail­able live or via video link on a large screen at the venue,” the singer said. “We are very en­cour­aged by the way things are fall­ing in place.”

Artistes who will ei­ther be per­form­ing live or via video link in­clude Beres Ham­mond, Marcia Grif­fiths, Diana King, Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrika, Mackie Con­scious, Spice, Ninja Man, Shaggy, Sean Paul, Bee­nie Man, I-Oc­tane, Jimmy Cliff, Mutabaruka, Hezron, Car­lene Davis, Lt Stichie and Kevin Down­swell.

“We have come to the con­clu­sion that mu­sic is one of the great­est in­flu­ences both neg­a­tively and pos­i­tively,” said Mackie Con­scious. “We hope to use our mu­sic in a pos­i­tive way to en­cour­age the young­sters in St James to turn their backs on crime and vi­o­lence. Mu­sic has played a role in the de­vel­op­ment of this gen­er­a­tion. We are also cog­nisant of the fact that in the es­ca­la­tion of crime and vi­o­lence in the so­ci­ety, mu­sic – neg­a­tive lyri­cal con­tent – is a con­trib­u­tory fac­tor.”

The St James po­lice, the St James Par­ish Coun­cil and the


Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion have al­ready given their full sup­port to the project.

“We in­tend to have an en­ter­tain­ers’ mo­tor­cade and rea­son­ing ses­sions on the day of the event in some of the af­fected com­mu­ni­ties,” the singer said.

“Fol­low­ing the event, we hope (with the help of cor­po­rate Ja­maica) to launch an ini­tia­tive to re­visit the com­mu­ni­ties with an of­fer of sup­port with aca­demic ad­vance­ments and skills train­ing to the youth. We have al­ready se­cured com­mit­ments from John Swaby (sound, light and stage), Mello FM, the Western Mir­ror, Knutsford Ex­press, Irie FM, Rebel Salute Foun­da­tion and Mod­ern Sewer and Drain Ser­vice,” the singer added, not­ing that “this is ex­pected to be a ma­jor pro­duc­tion, hence we are now seek­ing cor­po­rate Ja­maica’s part­ner­ship in fi­nanc­ing the pro­duc­tion”.

The plan­ning team also in­cludes: Ian Lam­mie (pro­duc­tion); Mark Clarke, (Artist Con­nec­tion); Conroy Walker (Per­sons of In­ter­est Band); Carl Ed­wards (Live Wyya Band); and Ge­orge Thomas (Bung Guh Lhung Band).



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