50 artistes against vi­o­lence

Jamaica Gleaner - - GROWTH & JOBS -

MORE THAN 50 artistes are ex­pected to per­form at the up­com­ing En­ter­tain­ers Against Crime and Vi­o­lence con­cert, which is sched­uled for the Dump up Beach in Mon­tego Bay on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 4, at 3pm.

Among the en­ter­tain­ers who have al­ready confirmed their apartic­i­pa­tion are Freddy McGre­gor, Ever­ton Blender, Mutabaruka, Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrika, Nes­beth, Spice, Bush­man, Mackie Con­scious, Taddy P, I-Wayne, Hezron, Na­ture Ellis and Per­sons of In­ter­est. Live Wyya, Bung Guh Lung, Lieu­tenant Stitchie and Paul Blake are among the other sched­uled per­form­ers.

“En­ter­tain­ers Against Crime and Vi­o­lence is a vol­un­tary ef­fort of en­ter­tain­ers, both gospel and sec­u­lar, com­ing to­gether as one voice. To­gether they make a state­ment that crime and vi­o­lence is crip­pling the en­tire en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try as peo­ple are not com­ing out to see per­form­ers, nei­ther are per­mits be­ing given for events in what are con­sid­ered war zones. This fur­ther af­fects the per­sons who make a liveli­hood from these events,” a re­lease from the event’s or­gan­iser, Mackie Con­scious, said.

“Other sec­tors of the so­ci­ety have made their ef­forts. The en­ter­tain­ers now feel it is their time, as they are cog­nisant of the fact mu­sic/lyri­cal con­tents play a major role in the devel­op­ment of the minds of the peo­ple. Fol­lowup ini­tia­tives will be brought for­ward as a con­tin­u­a­tion to ad­dress many of the other is­sues af­fect­ing the play­ers in the en­ter­tain­ment and mu­sic in­dus­try,” the re­lease said.

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