Josef Bogdanovich, CEO of Reggae Sumfest and Downsound Records, has initiated the Caribbean Love Now concert to raise money and relief items for Caribbean countries which were ravaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria last September.
The show (and telethon) is scheduled for November 22 at Red Stripe Oval in Kingston, Jamaica. It has a number of top acts including Sean Paul, Tarrus Riley, Assassin, Beenie Man, Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons, Bunny Wailer, Freddie McGregor, Etana, Nesbeth, Sizzla, Romain Virgo, Third World, Toots and the Maytals and Mr. Vegas.
Visited devastated islands
Josef Bogdanovich visited some of the affected islands recently with Jamaican government officials. He was particularly struck by the devastation in Dominica, Anguilla and Barbuda.
“Now, more than ever we have to stand up for our Caribbean brothers and sisters. No one could have imagined that so much could have been lost so quickly. Jamaica is in a position to help in a meaningful way, but we must act now,” he said.
Bolt company support’s effort
A number of Jamaican companies have pledged their support for the event including Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records, a popular Kingston nightclub.
Bogdanovich, an American, is principal of Downsound Records which has worked with a number of top Jamaican artists including Fantan Mojah, Ninja Man, Ishawna, Nanco and DYCR. He bought the rights to the annual Jamaican music festival, Reggae Sumfest last year.
Anguilla, Barbuda and Dominica suffered the brunt of the two hurricanes’ deadly force. Located in the Leeward Islands, the governments of the affected countries reported extensive damage to infrastructure and in the case of Dominica, approximately 27 deaths due to Hurricane Maria.
For previous article on Caribbean Love Now, click the link: Joe Bogdanovich launches Caribbean Love Campaign