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.

Tarrus Riley Shocked by Hurricane Devastation in Dominica

2 Nov 2017 NEWS

Kingston, Jamaica

Reggae superstar Tarrus Riley, has pledged his support for Caribbean Love Now, and has confirmed that he will perform at JAMATHON, the benefit concert to raise funds for hurricane recovery in the Caribbean, including Dominica which is reported to be 95% devastated after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Riley, who accompanied investor Joe Bogdanovich and a team to Dominica, Antigua and Anguilla gained a first-hand view of the after effects of the hurricanes and says that he was shocked at the level of devastation. “Gilbert hit Jamaica as a category three and we struggled to bounce back. What these people are going through is far from our imagination, so we have to reach out and help,” he said.

During the trip, Riley said he was moved by the warm welcome   people on each island extended the team, and their appreciation of the interest shown in their welfare. “That says to me that music is a big part of the solution. If we can ease souls and raise money to help these islands, then we will have become our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers,” he said.

Riley joins several of Jamaica’s best-loved reggae and dancehall stars who have all waived their performance fee for Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON, which takes place Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at The Red Stripe Oval in Kingston, Jamaica.

The other performers confirmed are: Assassin; Beenie Man; Blvk H3ro; 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; Naomi Cowan, Nesbeth; Raging Fyah; Richie Spice; Romain Virgo; Sizzla; Stephen McGregor; Third World; Tommy Lee Sparta,  Toots Hibbert and Vegas. An All-Star band led by Dean Fraser will back all performances. The show will be hosted Tommy Cowan. Additions to the lineup will be announced soon as more artists join the campaign.

Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON is presented with the initial support of Jamaica Tourist Board; RJR Communications Group; Downsound Entertainment; Red Stripe; Flow; 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.

The cost of tickets are: General Admission, J$1000; VIP, J$3000, and VVIP, J$6000. Tickets will be available at Fontana Pharmacy; York Pharmacy; H&L Rapid True Value and H&L Agro stores.

Proceeds from the money raised by Caribbean Love Now will go directly to the people and countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Fans across the world will be able to experience Carib

Jah Cure is among the artists joining the JAMATHON.

Caribbean Entertainment – These Reggae Artists Are Supporting A Relief Effort For Hurricane Victims

27 Oct 2017 NEWS
Jah Cure is among the artists joining the JAMATHON.

Jah Cure is among the artists joining the JAMATHON.

News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Fri. Oct. 27, 2017: A growing number of Jamaican reggae and dancehall artists have signed on help raise money to help Caribbean victims of the recent hurricanes.

The artists will be part of JAMATHON, a benefit concert set for Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at The Red Stripe Oval in Kingston, Jamaica.
The concert is part of the Caribbean Love Now campaign launched by US investor and Reggae Sumfest CEO Joe Bogdanovich to mobilize support for relief and recovery for the islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The artists joining the fundraising line-up to date are:

Assassin

Beenie Man

Blvk H3ro

Bunny Wailer

Carlene Davis

Chino McGregor

Christopher Martin

D-Major

Devin Di Dakta

Etana

Freddie McGregor

Harry Toddler

Iba Mahr

Jah Cure

Jesse Royal

Naomi Cowan

Nesbeth

Raging Fyah

Richie Spice

Romain Virgo

Sizzla

Stephen McGregor

Third World

Tommy Lee Sparta

and Vegas.

Proceeds from the money raised by Caribbean Love Now will go directly to the people and countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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. An online donation site will be announced shortly through which global contributions will be accepted.

The cost of tickets for the local Jamaica concert range from: J$1,000 – J$6,000.

Bogdanovich

Caribbean Love Campaign Offers Big Support For Post-Hurricane Recovery

27 Oct 2017 NEWS

Bogdanovich

Investor Joe Bogdanovich yesterday announced the launch of Caribbean Love, a hurricane relief campaign that will support rebuilding programmes in islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

As part of the campaign, Mr. Bogdanovich will leverage the businesses and brands with which he is associated to rally donations on behalf of the people in islands impacted by the hurricanes. Each business and brand will participate in the relief effort in their own way.

“As human beings, we should all be deeply concerned by what has happened over the course of the hurricane season. But this is an opportunity for us to define who we are as Caribbean people. The devastation must be met with hope, unity and a sense of purpose,” said Mr. Bogdanovich.

The brands and businesses Mr. Bogdanovich has made the launch partners of Caribbean Love are Reggae Sumfest, Downsound Records, Downsound Entertainment, FranJam, KLE, Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records, H&L Rapid True Value, H&L Agro, Parkland Industrial Co., Argyle Industries and the R Hotel. Additional partners will be announced as the campaign is deployed.

“We as a group are committed to helping our Caribbean brothers and sisters in this tremulous time of need. We are committed to making a difference,” said Mr. Bogdanovich. He further stated that the Caribbean Love visit the affected islands to meet with government and development organizations and local charities to develop a clear understanding of the help needed to return growth and stability to these countries.

At present, the key initiatives of the campaign include contributions of cash from each business as well as:

Sumfest Reloaded…  the Benefit

DSE will produce a benefit concert and telethon set to take place in Kingston, Jamaica tentatively scheduled for a date in November 2017. Artists from Jamaica and the Caribbean will be invited to perform.

Donations of equipment and supplies

Hardware & Lumber will also donate equipment and building supplies.  Jamaicans are also invited to make donations of canned food, clothing, tarpaulins batteries and solar lamps, etc. in containers donated by Parkland Industrial Co. at all 15 H&L Rapid True Value and H&L Agro stores across the island.  One hundred percent of all donations will be distributed to the people of the affected islands.

Global monetary donations and support

The Caribbean Love campaign will reach out globally to all continents and to millions of Caribbean music, culture, and lifestyle fans and various enterprises for financial and other types of support of this initiative.

Mr. Bogdanovich appealed to corporations and artists to join the Caribbean Love movement. “I am calling out personally to corporations and artists to join the Caribbean Love movement.  Now more than ever, we have to stand up for our Caribbean brothers and sisters. No one could have imagined that so much could be lost so quickly. Jamaica is in the position to help in a meaningful way, but we must act now, and we must act together and make an important difference,” he said.

Caribbean Love Now

Caribbean Love Now Benefit Concert ‘Jamathon’ Sets Lineup

27 Oct 2017 NEWS

JAMATHON, a benefit concert for islanders affected by HURRICANES IRMA and MARIA, is set to take place WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd at THE RED STRIPE OVAL in KINGSTON, JAMAICA. Among those performing include ASSASSIN, BEENIE MAN, BLVK H3RO, BUNNY WAILER, CARLENE DAVIS, CHINO MCGREGOR, CHRISTOPHER MARTIN, D-MAJOR, DEVIN DI DAKTA, ETANA, FREDDIE MCGREGOR, HARRY TODDLER, IBA MAHR, JAH CURE, JESSE ROYAL, NAOMI COWAN, NESBETH, RAGING FYAH, RICHIE SPICE, ROMAIN VIRGO, SIZZLA, STEPHEN MCGREGOR, THIRD WORLD, TOMMY LEE SPARTA and VEGAS.

Caribbean Love Now

Jamaica Benefit Concert: Caribbean Love Now Announces JAMATHON | Nov. 22nd, 2017

27 Oct 2017 NEWS

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CARIBBEAN LOVE NOW ANNOUNCES STELLAR LINEUP FOR JAMATHON BENEFIT FOR HURRICANE RELIEF

Caribbean Love Now, the campaign launched by investor Joe Bogdanovich to mobilize support for relief and recovery for the islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, has announced a star-studded lineup for JAMATHON, a benefit concert set to take place Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at The Red Stripe Oval in Kingston, Jamaica.

The performers confirmed are: Assassin, Beenie Man, Blvk H3ro, Bunny Wailer, Carlene Davis, Chino McGregor, Christopher Martin, D-Major, Devin Di Dakta, Etana, Freddie McGregor, Harry Toddler, Iba Mahr, Jah Cure, Jesse Royal, Naomi Cowan, Nesbeth, Raging Fyah, Richie Spice, Romain Virgo, Sizzla, Stephen McGregor, Third World, Tommy Lee Sparta and Vegas. All-Star Reggae Band led by Dean Fraser will back all performances. Tommy Cowan will host the show. Additions to the lineup will be announced as soon as more artists join the campaign.

“I’ve always felt our response to the havoc created by the hurricanes was going to be a defining moment for the Caribbean. I now also see it as a defining moment for Jamaican music as every artist we’ve reached out to for this benefit concert has said “Yes!”, and we’re not done calling yet,” said Mr Bogdanovich.

Informed by news reports that the devastation by the hurricanes was catastrophic, Mr. Bogdanovich accompanied by Tarrus Riley, Executive Vice Chairman of Argyle Industries Marcus Richards and Jamaican Ministry of Tourism Special Advisor Delano Seiveright recently visited Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, and Dominica for a first-hand needs assessment. After meeting with the Prime Minister of Antigua, Hon Gaston Browne and government and disaster relief experts in both islands, Mr. Bogdanovich says that he is now even more resolute to raise awareness of the need to support the recovery efforts in the islands. “Imagine losing everything you own, with no place to shelter your family. It was heart-breaking beyond words, but the spirit of the people remains resolute, and we will honour that spirit at this benefit concert,” said Mr Bogdanovich.

Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON is presented with the initial support of Jamaica Tourist Board; RJR Communications Group; Downsound Entertainment; Red Stripe; Flow; 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.

The cost of tickets are: General Admission, J$1000; VIP, J$3000, and VVIP, J$6000. Tickets will be available at Fontana Pharmacy; York Pharmacy; H&L Rapid True Value and H&L Agro stores.

Proceeds from the money raised by Caribbean Love Now will go directly to the people and countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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. An online donation site will be announced shortly through which global contributions will be accepted.
Official Instagram: @caribbeanlovenow

About Caribbean Love Now
Caribbean Love Now is a hurricane relief campaign that will support rebuilding programs in islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Founded by investor Joe Bogdanovich, the campaign will leverage the businesses and brands with which he is associated to rally donations on behalf of the people in islands impacted by the hurricanes. Each business and brand will participate in the relief effort in their own way. The campaign’s launch partners are Reggae Sumfest, Downsound Records, Downsound Entertainment, FranJam, KLE, Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records, H&L Rapid True Value, H&L Agro, Parkland Industrial Co., Argyle Industries and the R Hotel. Additional partners will be announced as the campaign is deployed.

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