Richie Spice excited about 'Jamaica, Together We Stand' Telethon this Sunday
Reggae crooner Richie Spice cannot wait to take part in the "Jamaica, Together We Stand", Covid-19 Telethon, which is being staged this Sunday to raise US$10.5 million to aid in Jamaica's response to the deadly coronavirus candemic.
The title track from his upcoming album, "Together We Stand", has been chosen as the theme song for the Telethon. The decision has Richie Spice bursting with pride.
"This is such a great feeling. It's the kind of feeling you want to have when you are facing such as a crisis as this coronavirus monster. While I am deeply honoured and happy that this song is pushing the message behind the Telethon, I can't help but express deep concern for what is going on. It dawned on me that when I had been singing about the world being in crisis for many years, that this is the manifestation of it; we are living through it now. The prophecy is fulfilling. But we will learn important lessons from this and if we stand together, we will overcome," Richie Spice said.
The telethon is scheduled to begin at 3 pm and run for six hours. It will be broadcast live by Television Jamaica with the stream going worldwide across online platforms to the Jamaican Diaspora and to the world. It will be a mixture of endorsements and live performances from music and sports stars from Jamaica and other countries.
Among those joining in the Telethon on Sunday in endorsement and/or performance will be: Legendary sprinter Usain Bolt, reigning Miss World Toni-Ann Singh, Buju Banton, Koffee, Omi, Julian Marley, Spice, Cat Coore of Third World, Marcia Griffiths, Richie Stephens, Ding Dong, Chris Martin, Kevin Downswell, Jermaine Edwards, Kukudoo, Lubert Levy, Rondell Positive, Sista Pat, Candy Isaacs, and others.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange said the Telethon is "the perfect platform for Jamaica to help itself overcome the crisis, using the strength of our cultural heritage to inspire our own people and the rest of the world.
"Countries are engaged in this coronavirus battle at the moment. We express solidarity with them. We pray for those around the world who have been infected that they may recover completely. We continue to think about those who have lost loved ones, and those who are at the highest risk, including our seniors, and our frontline healthcare workers.
Our Reggae music has been a balm in troubled times and it my greatest wish that this Telethon, featuring some of Jamaica's best music ambassadors, will bring hope to everyone who will be able to watch all six hours online."