Friends Unite for JA – Virtual Benefit Concert, Hosted by DJ Khaled & Busta Rhymes

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Performances by Bounty Killer, Busy Signal, Skip Marley, Beenie Man, Christopher Martin, Lila Ike, Sister Nancy. Notable cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason will be featured and music by Max Glazer Federation Sound.

FriendsUniteForJA Benefit Concert aims to raise funds to help communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Jamaica. The incredible DJ Khaled and Record Producer, Busta Rhymes will host a virtual benefit concert on Sunday, June 14th to raise funds for children and families and to aid communities on the island affected by the pandemic.

FriendsUniteForJA will host some of Jamaica’s biggest names in Reggae Music – Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Busy Signal, Skip Marley, Sister Nancy, Christopher Martin, Lila Ike and Dre Island. Notable Cellist, Sheku Kanneh Mason will present a rendition of Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry”.

VP Records and Tuff Gong International will stream the show on YouTube. Sponsors JetBlue, Caribbean Food Delights, GraceKennedy, Caribbean Producers Jamaica, Sanmerna and First Global Bank have pulled out all stops to support this worthwhile event. The 60 minute concert will be streamed and broadcast to millions of viewers in the USA, Canada, the UK and around the world. It will also be available on YouTube after the initial broadcast to continue encouragement for organizations and individuals to contribute to fundraising for food insecurity, education and economic impact programs in Jamaica.

The Reason – While the recorded death rates fortunately has been contained in Jamaica, the fallout of quarantine still persists despite the Government’s best efforts. The COVID-19 crisis has created unique challenges that have led to job losses and school closures which in turn directly aggravates food insecurity and impacts already vulnerable communities. As a developing country, unemployment benefits, e-learning options and stimulus packages are simply not a possibility. Despite the strong efforts by the government, courageous healthcare workers and resilient citizens, Jamaica remains in need of external support for the population, especially vulnerable groups.

President of the AFJ said, “AFJ’s Virtual Benefit Concert #FriendsUniteForJA is a call to action for those who love Jamaica to help the most vulnerable communities on the island impacted by COVID-19. The work of the AFJ is always focused on supporting the people of Jamaica and we ask all who are Friends of Jamaica to join us this Sunday and to donate what they can.” Executive Director of the AFJ said, “COVID-19 has affected the livelihood of many across Jamaica and is going to require collaborative effort if the country is to restore its standing. We are coming together as Jamaicans and Friends of Jamaica in a spirit of Unity and Solidarity.” #FriendsUniteForJA is a new format executed by the AFJ and is part of the organization’s annual fundraising to support the under represented and vulnerable in Jamaica.

The American Friends of Jamaica, Inc. (AFJ) is a registered 501 (c)(3) non profit dedicated to supporting Jamaican charitable organizations and social initiatives targeted at improving the lives of Jamaicans through systemic development in the areas of Education, Health Care and Economic Development.


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