MoBay entertainers want $1M to help fight crime and violence


November 28, 2016
Mackie Conscious
Men being searched by police during a security operation in Montego Bay, St James, in September.
Queen Ifrika.
File Tony Rebel

Mackie Conscious yesterday appealed for Jamaicans to provide financial support for 'Entertainers Against Crime and Violence', which he said will play a critical role in the transformation of Montego Bay, St James.

The mega concert will be held at the Dump up Beach, Montego Bay, on December 4, starting at 3 p.m.

"We are basically calling on corporate Jamaica to partner with the entertainment fraternity and give back," Mackie Conscious said.

"Give us a million dollars, that is all we need at this point to ensure that the show is fully on the road," the conscious entertainer said.

Mackie Conscious, who along with Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrika is spearheading the free concert, said that staging the show will cost approximately $6 million, the vast majority of which has already been covered through sponsorship.

"If we get one million dollars, we good," Mackie Conscious told THE STAR yesterday.

The event spokesman, however, is adamant that money or not, the show will go on.

"There is absolutely nothing that can stop it. We may have to tweek some things, and if we the persons putting on the event have to make a personal contribution, we will do it. We are about ensuring this thing goes on," Mackie Conscious said.

The concert is designed to draw up to 50 Jamaican entertainers to perform and advocate against crime and violence.

More than 50 entertainers have reportedly confirmed for 'Entertainers Against Crime and Violence'. They include: Freddie McGregor, Everton Blender, Mutabaruka, Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrika, Nesbeth, Spice, Bushman, Mackie Conscious, Taddy P, I Wayne, Hezron, Nature Ellis. Persons of Interest, Live Wyya, Bung Guh Lung, Lt Stichie, and Paul Blake.

Mackie Conscious told THE STAR that he is convinced that music can bring about a social transformation in the Second City, which has recorded approximately 240 murders so far this year.

"We, as entertainers, believe that we are having a problem. There is no where to work because there is no event. There is absolutely nothing going on because it seems like the place has become a war zone, and if we can make a statement and say we are fed up of it ... we can bring about positive change in the minds of the people," Mackie Conscious said.

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