September 2019

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Caribbean Love Now pledges $5m to support Hurricane Dorian relief

Standing in unity are Alveta Knight, Honorary Consul of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas to Jamaica (third from left) and Joe Bogdanovich, Chairman of Caribbean Love Now (fourth from left). Joining them are (from left) Chamal Bethel, Bahamian national; Bobby Blake of Hardware and Lumber; Keva Hylton, Bahamianl; Lovett Brian of H&L Rapid; Toni Kaye Johnson, President of the Bahamian Student Association at UWI and Marcus Richards, Managing Director of Hardware & Lumber.Standing in unity are Alveta Knight, Honorary Consul of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas to Jamaica (third from left) and Joe Bogdanovich, Chairman of Caribbean Love Now (fourth from left). Joining them are (from left) Chamal Bethel, Bahamian national; Bobby Blake of Hardware and Lumber; Keva Hylton, Bahamianl; Lovett Brian of H&L Rapid; Toni Kaye Johnson, President of the Bahamian Student Association at UWI and Marcus Richards, Managing Director of Hardware & Lumber.

Investor Joe Bogdanovich announced that Caribbean Love Now Foundation (CLN) has teamed up with a number of his companies to provide support for Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery in The Bahamas.

CLN has pledged an initial sum $5 million and is inviting the Jamaican public to join the pledge by making donations of cash and relief supplies at H&L Rapid True Value and H&L Agro stores across the island.

Hurricane Dorian is recorded as the strongest and most powerful storm to hit The Bahamas creating unprecedented damage on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. The latest reports from the government of the Bahamas is that some 1,500 people remain missing.

(L – R) Chairman of Caribbean Love Now (CLN), Joe Bogdanovich, discusses the effects Hurricane Dorian has on Bahamanians with Alveta Knight, the Honorary Consul of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas to Jamaica, at the launch of Caribbean Love Now Bahamas Relief  at H&L Rapid True Value, Constant Spring, Kingston.

“We are heartbroken by the stories of devastation that occurred in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. But we are also heartened by the spirit of survival of the Bahamian people and will support them on the journey to rebuild,” said Joe Bogdanovich.

Caribbean Love Now will aid in the immediate relief effort and once the recovery phase is initiated, will direct its efforts to rebuild health and education facilities.  Similar support was provided to the government of Dominica in its rebuilding work following Hurricane Maria. Caribbean Love Now is registered under the Jamaica Charities Act 2013.

Revvae Edwards, cashier at H&L Rapid True Value, Constant Spring showcases a donation bucket that will be used to collect contributions for Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery in the Bahamas.

Alveta Knight, the Honorary Consul for The Commonwealth of The Bahamas in Jamaica said, “I am overwhelmed by the love, as demonstrated in cash, kind and prayers, extended by the people of Jamaica to my beautiful Bahamaland. As we navigate our way through the uncharted devastation left behind by Hurricane Dorian with the help of Caribbean Love Now and the wider Caribbean family, are confident that we shall rise like a  phoenix out this hurricane’s destructive ‘ashes’. Thank you, Jamaica.”

Hardware & Lumber will donate equipment and building supplies. Jamaicans are also invited to make donations of tools, tarpaulins batteries and solar lamps, etc. at all 15 H&L Rapid True Value and H&L Agro stores across the island. One hundred per cent of all donations will be distributed to the people of The Bahamas.

http://www.loopjamaica.com/content/caribbean-love-now-pledges-5m-support-hurricane-dorian-relief

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Top 10 Moments at Sumfest 2019: Best in Class Performances Championed the Spirit of Reggae & Dancehall Music

Reggae Sumfest, which takes place each year in Montego Bay, is well known for performances that electrify massive audiences from not only within Jamaica, but all over the world.  And the 2019 Sumfest event was extra special in that it featured a high-caliber line up in terms of pure quality:  Beres Hammond, Koffee, Buju Banton, Etana, Bounty Killa, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Govana, Spice, Agent Sasco, Dexta Daps, Spragga Benz, Christopher Martin, Romain Virgo, Protoje, Chronixx and so many others.   In fact, this year’s line-up had such potency and, as a consequence, large numbers of fans who descended upon Montego Bay to attend the show were hard-pressed to find a place to stay unless they had booked their accommodations at least a month prior in many cases.

With its inception in 1993, Reggae Sumfest continues to be the largest music festival in Jamaica and the Caribbean.  As is customary, the event kicked off on Sunday, July 14th with a Sumfest Beach Party. Then, there was a free Street Dance on Wednesday, followed on Thursday by the Global Sound Clash at the Pier One Event Center.  Thereafter, Festivals Night I and II took center stage and set MoBay on fire so to speak. Given this backdrop, there was a whole heap of memorable and unforgettable moments over the course of this great event.  And so, after careful reflection, below are the top 10 Reggae Sumfest 2019 moments (in no particular order) in my estimation:

Elephant Man – who is also known as the ‘Energy God’, was as electric as ever as during his Festival Night I performance

Spice – the undisputed ‘Queen of the Dancehall’ and her cast of dancers always displays Jamaican popular culture in spectacular fashion

Protoje – the ever eclectic, Protoje, leads the way along with Chronixx, Koffee, and others as ‘roots revival’ reggae artists

Jah 9 – was very graceful and emphatic in getting her powerful song messages across to the captivated Sumfest audience

Beenie & Bounty – from archrivals to legendary dancehall idols

Chronixx and Chronicle – father and son came together on stage for a magical moment

Govana – ‘I feel like a Champ right now’, as the chorus to his popular song goes.  At the morning sun broke at Catherine Hall on Festival Night I (Dancehall Night), Govana certainly fit the bill

Koffee meets Chris Gayle – conscious reggae singing sensation, Koffee, gets a big up from legendary West Indies cricketer, Chris Gayle

Beres Hammond – a living legend indeed and he put on a musical hit parade at Sumfest ’19 that did not disappoint

Buju Banton – 2nd time around, reggae mega star, Mark Myrie, ignites Jamaica at Sumfest ’19 just as he did back in March at the National Stadium to kick of his ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ tour in epic fashion

Photography by Nick Ford, who lives and works in South Florida

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