En­ter­tain­ers Against Crime and Vi­o­lence this Sun­day

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Okoye Henry Gleaner Writer entertainment@glean­erjm.com

JA­MAICAN EN­TER­TAIN­ERS across the is­land are hop­ing to ig­nite the fire of peace within the crime-rid­dled par­ish of St James, through the stag­ing of a ma­jor hu­man­i­tar­ian con­cert this weekend.

The in­au­gu­ral con­cert, dubbed En­ter­tain­ers Against Crime and Vi­o­lence, is slated to be held this Sun­day, De­cem­ber 4, at the Dump Up Beach in Mon­tego Bay, with an in­va­sion of over 50 reg­gae and dance­hall en­ter­tain­ers to per­form. It is to be sched­uled to start at 3 p.m. and is a free con­cert for the en­tire fam­ily.

Mu­si­cian and pro­ducer, Mackie Con­scious, one of the core or­gan­is­ers of the event, told The Gleaner that ev­ery­thing is ready for the event.

The en­ter­tainer hopes the mu­si­cal mes­sage will ex­ert some level of pos­i­tive in­flu­ence over the peo­ple of the par­ish, which has so far, recorded more than 200 mur­ders in 2016.

“Mon­tego Bay is re­ally go­ing way­ward as it re­lates to crime and vi­o­lence. We, the en­ter­tain­ers, are pre­pared to stand up to this plague and say we are tired of it,” Mackie Con­scious ex­plained.

IN­DUS­TRY CRIPPLED

“Crime and vi­o­lence is crip­pling not just so­ci­ety, but also the entertainment in­dus­try, be­cause per­mits are not be­ing is­sued and peo­ple are afraid to go out. So at the end of the day, we (en­ter­tain­ers) don’t have any­where to work. The crime is af­fect­ing every­body,” he added.

Among the en­ter­tain­ers con­firmed for the con­cert are Fred­die McGre­gor, Ever­ton Blender, Mutabaruka, Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrica, Nes­beth, Spice, Bush­man, Mackie Con­scious, Taddy P, I Wayne, Hezron, Na­ture El­lis, Per­sons of In­ter­est, Live Wyya, Bung Guh Lung, Lt Stitchie and Paul Blake.

In ad­di­tion, some 25 artistes from the Se­cond City,

STITCHIE

such as song­bird Karen Smith and King Chavez, will also be per­form­ing as a show of sol­i­dar­ity.

“Mu­sic is such a won­der­ful lan­guage that it can in­flu­ence you to do good or bad, hence, we feel that if you can be in­flu­enced neg­a­tively, then you can also be in­flu­enced pos­i­tively. So we come now with a set of pos­i­tive mu­sic and up­lift­ment, which we can use to see if we can make a dif­fer­ence in Ja­maica,” Mackie Con­scious out­lined.

He, along with Mark Clarke, Con­roy Walker of the Per­sons of In­ter­est band, Carl Ed­wards of Live Wyya, and Ge­orge Thomas of the Bung Guh Lhung band, make up the core of the production team for the event.

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