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A-LIST JAMAICAN ARTISTS JOIN HAITI BENEFIT EFFORT – SPECIAL SIMULCAST SET FOR TUESDAY FEBRUARY 23RD

February 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Mavado

LISTEN 2 THE CALL is a project produced by Handel Tucker which involves over 30 of Jamaica’s top artistes and musicians in an unprecedented collaboration as a show of solidarity with the people of Haiti and around the world who are in need.

Link to the YouTube promo here

Among the artistes who have given their bond to work on this Hear The Calling project are Toots Hibbert, Jimmy Cliff, Marcia Griffiths, Beres Hammond, Sly & Robbie, Dean Fraser, Harry T, Damian Marley, Maxi Priest, Cherine Anderson, Terry Lyn, Beenie Man, Barrington Levy, Bounty Killer and Mavado.

Media around the world and across the Internet, are invited to participate in the simultaneous global premiere of the song planned for Tuesday February 23, 2010 at 4:53pm Haiti Time to remember the victims and encourage the survivors five weeks after the 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti.

Broadcasters interested in participating in the simulcast premiere can visit the website at www.listen2thecall.com beginning Monday, February 15th to register and receive a password which will enable download of the Listen 2 the Call acoustic mix starting at 12 noon on Tuesday, February 16th.

The project will help support FOR JAMAICA Inc – a South Florida charity organization which works with other charities in the areas of health and education. All proceeds will be donated to the relief effort.

SOUL OF THE LION PUBLICITY

[Thanks Marvin Sparks]

The media hasn’t been that quick to promote this event….

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SINGER ALEXANDRA BURKE IN HAITI WITH SAVE THE CHILDREN (PART 1)

February 14, 2010 Leave a comment

SINGER ALEXANDRA BURKE ‘HEARTBROKEN’ AFTER HAITI VISIT

February 12, 2010 11 comments

I originally posted news of Alexandra’s impending trip to Haiti on February 8th.

That was a quick visit….

Via Digital Spy

Alexandra Burke has said that she is ‘heartbroken’ after visiting Haiti to see the devastation caused by the country’s recent earthquake disaster.

The X Factor winner flew out to Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince earlier this week in a bid to raise further awareness of the struggles faced by the country.

During her visit, Burke met ‘miracle boy’ Kiki Joachin, 7, who was rescued from rubble after days trapped underground. She also visited a Save The Children camp, where she played with youngsters and handed out presents.

The 21-year-old told The Sun: “The desperation of so many people has broken my heart. Kiki is the bravest person I’ve ever met.”

She continued: “You see the poverty and destruction in the papers or on the news, but nothing prepares you for this. It’s like being punched in the stomach. I just hope millions buy the ‘Everybody Hurts’ single. This is a whole country on its knees.” Continue Reading….

I look forward to watching the half-hour ITV 1 documentary Alex.

UK NEWS: ALEXANDRA BURKE SAYS SHE BEGGED FOR HAITI VISIT

February 8, 2010 18 comments

I hope this isn’t just a ‘PR move’ because Alex’s music career seems to have stalled of late…

I wonder if she’s fronting a documentary…..

Do you know what? I need to stop being so cynical! 

Via Digital Spy

The singer is to visit the troubled country this week after recently taking part in Simon Cowell’s Haiti charity single.

Speaking to the News of the World, Burke explained: “For me, singing two lines on a single doesn’t mean I have really helped. I wanted to go out and physically help the kids. I’m not a doctor, but I can give clothes, food and love. At least I’ll be able to make a couple of kids smile.”

She added: “It hurt me when I saw the photographs of dead bodies on the streets. I was really angry, thinking ‘what is this world coming to?’ That is when I begged my label to let me go out there.

She actually begged the label to let her go…

hmmmmmm…..

UK NEWS: SIMON COWELL TO ARRANGE HAITI FUNDRAISER

January 21, 2010 3 comments

Simon Cowell

Music mogul Simon Cowell has confirmed that he is in the process of organising a charity single to help raise funds for the Haiti Earthquake Appeal.

He disclosed,

We made the decision today. We had a request from the prime minister and The Sun newspaper, ‘Would we put a record together?’ So we haven’t got a lot of time but we are going to do something and attempt to raise as much money as possible.

The “nations sweetheart”, convicted batterer of toilet attendents and ‘alleged’ racist Cheryl Cole added,

 “I just heard about [the song] tonight. It sounds like a great idea… Simon is great at giving back.”

Picture it, Prime Minister Gordon Brown and that tabloid rag The Sun  running to Simon Cowell and asking if he “will put a record together”.

Funniest thing I’ve read all day.

And I didn’t know The Sun cared! Yes that’s right I remember the racist headlines from back in the day Rupert! I haven’t forgotten…….

Anyway you can bet that “the nations sweetheart” Chezza Cole will be one of the many ‘artists’ featured on the track. Oh and not forgetting X-factor winner Joe McEldery.

It should be a classic….

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If you wish to donate to the Haiti Earthquake appeal then visit these websites….

Unicef

Yele Haiti

Oxfam

The British Red Cross

MTV TO SHOW HAITI BENEFIT CONCERT IN THE UK

January 19, 2010 2 comments

Photograph: The BBC Website

Via BBC News

George Clooney’s star-studded benefit show for the victims of the Haiti earthquake will be shown on MTV in the UK, the network has announced.

Featuring performances from Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys, the two-hour telethon will be screened live from 0100 GMT on Saturday, 23 January.

It will then be repeated at 0900 GMT on Saturday morning.

Funds raised will go to Oxfam America, Red Cross, Unicef, Partners in Health and the Yele Haiti Foundation.

Performances are also due from Bono, Sting and Christina Aguilera. Continue Reading…

It’s for a good cause but people only ever show up to benefit concerts to see their favourite artists perform live on stage. Rarely do they think or care about the cause, and the majority of artists who agree to take part do it because it’s good PR, or desperately need to kick-start a comeback ( yes I’m talking about you Christina Aguilera).

Anyway so far we have Bono (A must have!), Justin Timberlake, Christina and Alicia Keys on the bill. Do they also plan on inviting artists from all over the Caribbean to perform too???

…..And I don’t just mean Rihanna, The Marley family and Sean Paul. 

Enquiring minds would like to know….

RUSSELL SIMMONS APOLOGISES FOR PREMATURE TIGER WOODS HAITI TWEET

January 16, 2010 3 comments

Russell Simmons

Tiger Woods

Several days ago the ultra annoying Russell Simmons EXCITEDLY tweeted to the world that “disgraced” golfer Tiger Woods was planning on donating aid to Haiti.  Click HERE to read all about it if you missed it.

Well it now appears that Mr Know It All Simmons got it oh so wrong!

Via TMZ

Tiger’s people say they are still evaluating the best way to help, but that didn’t stop Russell from committing Tiger to something he hasn’t committed to yet.Tiger’s camp says they plan to be a part of the relief effort, they are just considering their options.
 “Yesterday, I tweeted that Tiger Woods was contributing in a major way. My source for the tweet was premature, however, I strongly and passionately urge everyone with reach and means to act NOW as speed is everything to saving the lives of people in desperate need.”

 

I personally don’t think Tiger had any intention of donating aid to Haiti, well at least not out of the goodness of his heart.  It would have just been a good PR move.
  
Tiger’s camp says they plan to be a part of the relief effort, they are just considering their options.
 
Oh please STOP!  Who do they think they are kidding??? Like Tiger even cares about Haiti or the plight of black people living in poor nations.
 
And Russell we don’t need you to tell us how important it is to reach out to Haiti . We already know that thank you very much!
 
So do us all a favour and keep your mouth shut in future (if that’s even possible).
 
For those of you who wish to donate aid to Haiti click HERE to donate.
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