Jamaica Tourist Board Lends a Hand

9 Nov 2017 NEWS

The Jamaica Tourist Board announced today its support of the Caribbean Love Now JAMATHONbenefit concert. The concert, which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, November 22, from 7-11 p.m., at the National Indoor Sports Center in Kingston, will raise funds for relief and recovery efforts in the Caribbean islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

“In the spirit of one love, one heart, we lend our support to the Caribbean Love Now Jamathon benefit concert to help our brothers and sisters throughout the Caribbean,” said Donnie Dawson, Jamaica’s Acting Director of Tourism. “Our thoughts and prayers remain with our neighbors and we will continue to do our part in relief and recovery efforts to rebuild these islands.”

A star-studded line up of Gospel, Reggae, Dance Hall and Soca performers have committed their support to the Jamathon. Headliners include Beres Hammond, Beenie Man, Bunny Wailer; Carlene Davis, Christopher Martin, Etana, Fay-Ann Lyons, Freddie McGregor, Jah Cure, Jesse Royal, Kevin Downswell, Protoje, Raging Fyah, Romain Virgo, Sean Paul; Tarrus Riley, Third World, Toots and the Maytals and Vegas, backed by the All-Star Reggae Band led by Dean Fraser.

Tickets to the concert are available online at jamathon2017.eventbrite.com. Fans across the world will be able to experience the Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON via live stream on YouTube at the Reggae Sumfest Live Streaming & Video channel. Net proceeds from the concert will go directly to the people of countries affected by the hurricanes.

Investor Joe Bogdanovich, along with Jamaica’s Hardware & Lumber, its divisions H&L Rapid True Value and H&L Agro, and parent company Argyle Industries Inc. are founding partners of Caribbean Love Now. The organization recently sent its first container of nearly 13,000 lbs. of relief supplies and equipment to Dominica’s National Emergency Operations Center.

In Jamaica, donations of building and agricultural supplies, canned food, baby food, diapers, first aid and medical supplies and water are being accepted at the 15 H&L Rapid True Value and H&L Agro stores across the island. An online donation site will be announced shortly through which global contributions will be accepted.

“The people of the islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria face a very long and painful road to recovery,” said Joe Bogdanovich, one of the founders of Caribbean Love Now. “This Jamathon will be a historic event and I am proud that our artists have united to help support our neighbors in their time of need.”

For more information about the Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON benefit concert, visit caribbeanlovenow.org.

Beres Says Yes! – Singer Signs On For ‘Love Now Jamathon’ Benefit Show

9 Nov 2017 NEWS

Beres Hammond will join the line-up for Caribbean Love Now Jamathon benefit concert, set for November 22 in Kingston. The concert will raise funds for relief and recovery efforts in the Caribbean islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

“Beres Hammond is one of the greatest performers of our time. He is a global superstar and the perfect addition to our epic line-up. With Beres joining Caribbean Love Now Jamathon, we are adding even more power and purpose to what is going to be the most important event for Jamaican music in decades,” said Joe Bogdanovich, founder of Caribbean Love Now.

Best-Known Performances

Hammond joins some of the best-known performances in reggae, dancehall, and soca for the concert from which proceeds will go directly to the people of countries affected by the hurricanes.

In addition to Beres Hammond, the line-up includes Assassin, Beenie Man, Blvck H3ro, Bunji Garlin, Bunny Wailer, Carlene Davis, Chi-Ching Ching, 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, ProtojÈ, Raging Fyah, Romain Virgo, Sizzla, Sean Paul, 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, Nikki Z, and Pretty Boy Floyd will host the concert.

Caribbean Love Now Jamathon is presented with the support of Jamaica Tourist Board, RJR/GLEANER Communications Group, Downsound Entertainment, Red Stripe, FLOW, Hardware and Lumber, H&L Rapid True Value, H&L Agro; Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records, FranJam KLE, Parkland Industrial Co, R Hotel, and Argyle Industries.

General admission is $1,000; VIP $3,000 and VVIP $6,000.

Fans across the world will also be able to experience Caribbean Love Now Jamathon via live stream on YouTube at the Reggae Sumfest live streaming and video channel.

Caribbean Love Now Sends First Container Of Relief Supplies To Dominica

7 Nov 2017 NEWS

As part of the Caribbean Love Now initiative, the campaign sent its first container of relief supplies and equipment to Dominica’s National Emergency Operations Centre, to support recovery in the islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Relief supplies were dispatched from the Hardware & Lumber logistics centre on Spanish Town Road in Jamaica. The items include lumber and building supplies, canned food and water all of which were donated by Hardware & Lumber, Argyle Industries Inc., Spike Industries and the Jamaican public.

Mr. Joe Bogdanovich (4th from left), the Founder of Caribbean Love Now, expressed appreciation for the support directed at the campaign, noting that while Jamaica has been spared so far this hurricane season, the experience of Hurricane Gilbert has stirred people to act. What I saw in Dominica and Anguilla when we visited last month was heart-breaking,” he said. “The people of these islands face a very long and painful road to recovery, and I am proud that Jamaicans have acted on their compassion by helping us support that difficult journey,” he said.

Star-studded concert to raise hurricane relief

4 Nov 2017 NEWS

It’s a uniting moment for the Caribbean.

A forthcoming benefit concert featuring some of the biggest names in reggae, dancehall, and soca is slated for Nov. 22 in Kingston, Jamaica. The Caribbean Love Now Jamathon is hoping to raise money and awareness for countries in the Caribbean hardest hit by last month’s Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The concert will be an opportunity for artists to show solidarity, but most importantly bring the dwindling attention back to the region for much needed aid, said the concert organizer.

“In the face of global warming, what happened in Barbuda and particularly Dominica, is indeed something to think about and the consequenc­es,” said Joe Bogdanovich, a Jamaica-based investor.

“I feel fortunate to be in Jamaica where the storm didn’t hit us, but at the same time we have to lookout for our brothers and sisters and vice versa — you have to do something.”

In turn, Bogdanovich decided to reach out to various companies and corporations to mobilize the country to get behind a benefit concert, aimed at raising money and goods for hurricane. Some of them include Hardware & Lumber, H&L Rapid True Value, Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records, RJR Communications Group, Jamaica Tourism Board, and many more.

After seeing destruction in Dominica first-hand, he says the island is facing a lot of challenges that will make rebuilding a huge struggle.

“Their recovery might take a decade. Tourism will come back, but they don’t have a big superpower to help them,” said Bogdanovich. “People’s lives have been turned upside down, especially in Dominica and Anguilla. They need us now — they have no water, electricity is scattered, and housing, schools, and hospitals are gone and disease will be next, so we need to get busy.”

The Jamathon is one of those ways to give back. It will be shown on television channels across the Caribbean, and is going to be streamed online to millions. With Caribbean music being one of the biggest cultural exports in the region, organizing the concert is one example for notable names to display and draw support, added Bogdanovich.

“We got a good response for music fraternity — music is stepping up as a force and I really hope tourists see just how good folks can be,” he said. “These are major artists that have sympathy for their neighbors, and they’re giving their appreciati­on.”

The concert’s lineup includes Assassin, Beenie Man, Bunji Garlin, Bunny Wailer, Christopher Martin, D-major, Devin Di Dakta, Etana, Fay-ann Lyons, Freddie Mcgregor, Jah Cure, Jesse Royal, Raging Fyah, Richie Spice, Romain Virgo, Sizzla, Stephen Mcgregor, Third World, Mr. Vegas, Dean Fraser, and will be hosted by Tommy Cowan. More artists are expected to join the concert as additions are made, according to Bogdanovich.

Bogdanovich is hoping to raise $100,000 locally from sales, and more from digital subscribers who stream the show. He adds that this concert will be a chance to use music to unite and show camaraderie in the region.

“This is a good look for Jamaica and a big look at what we can do as a Caribbean people,” he said. “We are turning a negative situation into a positive one and we are able to show who we are as a Caribbean people, as Jamaicans, and how to spread Caribbean love now.”

Star-studded concert to raise hurricane relief

2 Nov 2017 NEWS

It’s a uniting moment for the Caribbean.

A forthcoming benefit concert featuring some of the biggest names in reggae, dancehall, and soca is slated for Nov. 22 in Kingston, Jamaica. The Caribbean Love Now Jamathon is hoping to raise money and awareness for countries in the Caribbean hardest hit by last month’s Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The concert will be an opportunity for artists to show solidarity, but most importantly bring the dwindling attention back to the region for much needed aid, said the concert organizer.

“In the face of global warming, what happened in Barbuda and particularly Dominica, is indeed something to think about and the consequenc­es,” said Joe Bogdanovich, a Jamaica-based investor.

“I feel fortunate to be in Jamaica where the storm didn’t hit us, but at the same time we have to lookout for our brothers and sisters and vice versa — you have to do something.”

In turn, Bogdanovich decided to reach out to various companies and corporations to mobilize the country to get behind a benefit concert, aimed at raising money and goods for hurricane. Some of them include Hardware & Lumber, H&L Rapid True Value, Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records, RJR Communications Group, Jamaica Tourism Board, and many more.

After seeing destruction in Dominica first-hand, he says the island is facing a lot of challenges that will make rebuilding a huge struggle.

“Their recovery might take a decade. Tourism will come back, but they don’t have a big superpower to help them,” said Bogdanovich. “People’s lives have been turned upside down, especially in Dominica and Anguilla. They need us now — they have no water, electricity is scattered, and housing, schools, and hospitals are gone and disease will be next, so we need to get busy.”

The Jamathon is one of those ways to give back. It will be shown on television channels across the Caribbean, and is going to be streamed online to millions. With Caribbean music being one of the biggest cultural exports in the region, organizing the concert is one example for notable names to display and draw support, added Bogdanovich.

“We got a good response for music fraternity — music is stepping up as a force and I really hope tourists see just how good folks can be,” he said. “These are major artists that have sympathy for their neighbors, and they’re giving their appreciati­on.”

The concert’s lineup includes Assassin, Beenie Man, Bunji Garlin, Bunny Wailer, Christopher Martin, D-major, Devin Di Dakta, Etana, Fay-ann Lyons, Freddie Mcgregor, Jah Cure, Jesse Royal, Raging Fyah, Richie Spice, Romain Virgo, Sizzla, Stephen Mcgregor, Third World, Mr. Vegas, Dean Fraser, and will be hosted by Tommy Cowan. More artists are expected to join the concert as additions are made, according to Bogdanovich.

Bogdanovich is hoping to raise $100,000 locally from sales, and more from digital subscribers who stream the show. He adds that this concert will be a chance to use music to unite and show camaraderie in the region.

“This is a good look for Jamaica and a big look at what we can do as a Caribbean people,” he said. “We are turning a negative situation into a positive one and we are able to show who we are as a Caribbean people, as Jamaicans, and how to spread Caribbean love now.”

Reach reporter Alexandra Simon at (718) 260–8310 or e-mail her at asimon@cnglocal.com.
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