Leading Japanese sound system and ambassador of Reggae music Mighty Crown and their management team Irish and Chin, in conjunction with VP Records, media partner IrieJam Radio and Japanese corporate sponsors Nine Rulaz Line, Woofin’ Magazine, Yokohama Trading, 24×7 Records, Rockers Island and Nesta Clothing, have anchored a new date of June 5, 2011 for the “Reggae 4 Japan” benefit concert at York College in Queens, New York and a heavy line of leading Reggae artists including Maxi Priest, Freddie McGregor and the Big Ship Family, Capleton, Tarrus Riley, Gramps Morgan, Peter Morgan, Alaine, Tanya Stephens, and Etana — backed by the Ruff Kutt band. Additional acts are being confirmed, which will make this quite a powerful event. Since the announcement of “Reggae 4 Japan” more than two weeks ago to rally the Reggae community in support of Japan’s earthquake relief, an overwhelming amount of enthusiasm has ensued. To better accommodate involvement of artists and music industry professionals, a new date was identified.
International Reggae singer Maxi Priest says, “Japan is like home and family, as I have been going to Japan since the mid 80’s…..I have a lot of close friends in Japan and know people who are directly affected by the disaster.” “Japan has done a lot for the reggae industry, so I am unquestionably involved with ‘Reggae 4 Japan’ because of my connection and for the sheer love of humanity,” concludes Maxi Priest.
“I have been touring Japan for over 25 years and have gone there more than any other artist except Maxi Priest……my first time there was in 1985 for Japan’s first Reggae Sunsplash,” says iconic Reggae singer Freddie McGregor. “Since then, I have been traveling to Japan at least 4 times a year….thankfully, I have been extremely popular in Japan due to promotions and recording. I have to give back because of my strong connection to Japan over the years.”
“In this life, it’s all about helping each other….when one is in trouble — you reach out and help,” says Masta Simon, co-owner of Mighty Crown. “I am forever grateful for the support of the Reggae community in this effort……with such a great need for relief in Japan, I am calling out to all people to help.” “Regardless of one’s connection to Japan — be it Reggae music, electronics, automotive, fashion, etc. — I am calling on everyone to come out and support,” Masta Simon adds passionately.
There has been great devastation in Japan since the earthquake of March 11, which resulted in a barrage of horrific consequences including a tsunami, nuclear power plant explosions and partial meltdown, aftershocks and subsequent earthquakes in April. Japan’s need of assistance is great, as the country aims to repair nuclear plants, provide shelter/food/necessities to citizens, ensure medical care, clean debris and rebuild. To support the ongoing efforts of their homeland in the wake of the disaster, Mighty Crown has been dedicated to converging the Reggae music industry to support Japan. “Reggae 4 Japan” will support humanitarian efforts in Japan, as Mighty Crown will donate proceeds to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief.
Mighty Crown, who was in Japan at the time of the Earthquake, witnessed the impact of the disaster on their homeland. Passionate about aiding Japan, Mighty Crown reached out to the Reggae community and they responded without hesitation. It’s clear that Reggae music is a universal music and force that unites all people. Just as Japan wholeheartedly supports Reggae music and culture, the Reggae music industry/fans support Japan.
Top Reggae music label VP Records has stepped in to give a hand with “Reggae 4 Japan” by urging the involvement of their artists. As Japan has been a large consumer of VP Records music and home to one of their international offices, they have forged strong ties with Japan over the years. IrieJam Radio also graciously vowed to garner involvement of radio outlets in the Tri-State area by coordinating advertising efforts and interviews. Other radio stations who have made a bold commitment to “Reggae 4 Japan” include Red Hot Radio, Roadblock Radio and Busy Radio. All will ensure that “Reggae 4 Japan” is well promoted and attended.