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Caribbean music industry plans 3-day Bahamas benefit concert

Published:Thursday | October 17, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmin Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer
Bunji Garlin
Marion Hall

Members of the music industry throughout the Caribbean have joined hands to stage a trio of benefit concerts to assist the restoration efforts under way in The Bahamas, following the passage of Hurricane Dorian, which devastated the island. The collective, which calls itself Restoration for Bahamas, includes Delroy Escoffery of D’Empire Management, Crispin Cleare of Fresh Entertainment, and the Zamar Group of Companies, the biggest sound company out of the Bahamas.

Escoffery told The Gleaner that the concerts will be held November 15-17 in Nassau, Bahamas.

“Our effort is tagged ‘Restoration for Bahamas’ and it is a Caribbean-wide project. It has seen artistes, musicians, promoters, managers and sponsors jump on board in support of this worthy cause. This is our way of helping the people and the affected communities in the islands to recover from devastation,” Escoffery said.

Scheduled events

He explained, “We will be having the soca concert on the Friday, then on Saturday, November 16, there will be reggae and dancehall, and we will close it out with a thrilling gospel showcase on the Sunday.”

Escoffery made mention of Fay-Ann Lyons, Bunji Garlin, Skinny Banton and Mr Killa as some of the artistes on the soca side; Romain Virgo, Luciano, Omi, Da’Ville, Beenie Man, Demarco, Spragga Benz and Alaine, as reggae/dancehall representatives, and Marion Hall, Carlene Davis and Kevin Downswell for gospel. Other artistes will be announced.

Escoffery, who is also part of the management team for Minister Marion Hall, explained that over the years they have formed a special bond with the people of the Bahamas, having visited the islands on numerous occasions to perform. “Minister Hall was devastated to see Abaco Island and Freeport so badly damaged. She has been sending up prayers for The Bahamas and she is 100 per cent on board with this benefit,” he said.

While the group has not set a target, he noted that admission costs to the concert will be affordable, and they will be collecting supplies. A telethon, he added, will also form part of the fundraiser. “We are in discussions to get it on YouTube and working out the details to have it on the local stations in Bahamas,” Escoffery said.