Performers include Lee “Scratch” Perry, Matisyahu, Midnite, Slightly Stoopid and more
CARIFEST CARES! Reggae Carifest donates a portion of ticket sales to Keep A Child Alive
NEW YORK, NY July 3, 2008 –Joining the Fight against AIDS this Sunday July 6th for the Carifest C.A.R.E.S AIDS Awareness benefit Concert for Keep A Child Alive will be Yami Bolo Unplugged coming too sing songs of Peace, Love and Freedom. He said he could not miss an opportunity to help spread the message of Love and raise awareness for the cause. Also added is MTV & Billboard recording Artist MYSELF singing his hot new single God is so Funky! He too shares the sentiments and needed to join in the fight to be a million strong on Sunday. Randy Harris III Talent extraordinaire will be blessing the stage with sounds that will make the Tennis Stadium ring out to the Universe as only Music can. We will be having new comers Kotij Crew, Jr Lion, Kowskin, Lansky among others singing songs of One Love, One World, One Heart all for one cause To Keep A Child Alive.
This year’s festival, as in the past, promises a momentous event, which as always, includes a stellar line-up of performances. Sets by legendary Grammy award winner Lee “Scratch” Perry, who has been an innovator and at the forefront of the reggae music scene for 50 years; Matisyahu, who brings his uncanny, electrifying fusion of orthodox Judaism and classic reggae, and the most recent addition to the line-up: Slightly Stoopid who describe their music as “ A fusion of acoustic rock and blues with reggae, hip hop, and punk.” In addition is: cutting edge St. Croix roots reggae band, Midnite guarantee a night of music not soon forgotten about.
The festival is upping the ante this time by opening its arms to a wider array of reggae artists from a variety of backgrounds and cultures to help spread the original intended vibe of the fest – a day to celebrate the coming together of cultures and a shared appreciation for good music. Rounding out the schedule is Brooklyn bred and Jamaican raised Kayla Bliss; the up and coming conscious reggae crooner Uriel Hamilton; Afro-fusion reggae fronted by a soaring, soulful voice in Meta and the Cornerstones; a young American hailing from Arkansas with his voice rooted deep in Jamaica, Joseph Israel; and Groundation who bring to the table, a unique infusion of reggae, jazz and dub. More acts to be announced in the coming weeks.
“This year’s event promises to be enlightening and educational, highlighting the many things we as a people can do, to bring about change. We are focusing on the roots aspect of the music. Showcasing Peace, Love, & Joy in hard times for a people journeying to a better day,” says D’Niscio Brooks of Team Legendary, the festival organizer.
Reggae Carifest is also commemorating this momentous anniversary by teaming up with Keep A Child Alive, an organization dedicated to helping children and families to obtain life-saving AIDS drugs and support for survival, where without it, they would die. Keep a Child Alive gives 100% of donations to this cause. Reggae Carifest/Carifest C.A.R.E.S 2008 will donate $2 from every ticket sold for this event to Keep A Child Alive.
Launched in 1998 Reggae Carifest was initiated principally for uniting the West Indian/Caribbean Culture for one full day of cultural awareness, consciousness and celebration of the culture here in the United States. This festival caters to all genuine cultural expressions and aesthetics and is received by an eclectic group of people hailing from all walks of life. Reggae Carifest is also an exhibition of vision for the arts and the community in the presence of its festival. It is more than an event, it is a cultural celebration and explosion, steadfastly keeping the West Indian/Caribbean Culture and its foundation ever present in today’s rapid changing market. Reggae Carifest is a true festive occasion for all to enjoy