Activities & Events 2009
In 2009 we registered non-profitable partner organisations in Jamaica and in the US.
The funds raised in 2009 will mainly be used to establish our first HELP Jamaica!-operated education centre. We are currently negotiating with the authorities for a suitable building in the Cassava Piece community, Kingston 8 and hope we soon can start with construction, building and furbishing.
- 1st HELP Jamaica! Festival in Osnabrück, Germany
The BasementSound e.V. located in Osnabrück (GER) organised a charity festival in support of HELP Jamaica! On 15th of August 2009 – a beautiful warm and sunny day – 1250 people came to the Schlossgarten in front of the Uni-Keller Club in Osnabrück. The festival which started from early afternoon featured performances by Ganjaman (Germany), Black Dillinger (South Africa), Joggo (Surinam), Mighty Tolga (Germany), Mandingo (Denmark), Jahrome (Germany), FireBlack (Jamaica) and many more…
In addition to the live reggae, dancehall, rap & ska music, information was available about the work of HELP Jamaica!, and a percussion workshop, an African-theatre, dance performances, face-painting for the kids and Jamaican Jerk Chicken on sale as well as the original Jamaican ‘Red Stripe’ beer for the grown ups!
The aftershow party was held inside the Uni Keller Club with special guest Puma from the mighty LP-International Sound (Brooklyn, NY) as well as the Trigga Happy Crew, Selecta Hille from Soundquake Sound and the local ambassadors from Basement Sound. We all did party until the morning light…!
The first HELP Jamaica! Festival in Osnabrück, Germany was a straight success with 1250 patrons and 2.200 EUR raised funds.
HELP Jamaica! wishes to say ‘thank you’ to all performing artists and sounds (who all played for free!) , the BasementSound e.V. for the organisation and of course all the helping hands who made the event possible. Big up yourself and see you hopefully all next year for the second edition of the ‘HELP Jamaica! Charity Festival’.
State of affairs regarding our search for suitable land in Kingston, Jamaica
After several meetings and consultations with the local authorities we are waiting for written confirmation and some last details before we start to renovate the building of the ‘Old Clinic’, which is close to the Constant Spring Police Station.
To see pictures of the building and the surrounding property located in the community of ‘Cassava Piece’ where we hope to establish our first HELP Jamaica!-operated Reading & Education Center – click here.
We keep you updated…
- The HELP Jamaica! ‘Charity Month’ in June
The first ‘Charity Month’ was set up by HELP Jamaica! in June 2009. It featured 12 charity events in 12 different cities and was made possible by many generous promoters, the volunteering soundsystems and supporters all over Germany and in Maastricht (NL) and Budapest (HU).
With the help of the participating promoters, venues, soundsystems and of course the patrons, it really became an impressive success!
More than 3500 people attended the events of the ‘Charity Month’ and helped fundraise a total sum of 7600,- EUR!!! This money will be used to build and establish our first own reading & education centre operated by HELP Jamaica!
But not only the fundraised money is of importance to us, a large number of persons got information about work, aims and goals of HELP Jamaica! at these events. We received a lot of positive feedback and found many new supporters.
We would like to say a hearty ‘thank you’ to everybody who turned out and to all artists, soundsystems and DJs, who all volunteered and played for free during the ‘Charity Month’ to support HELP Jamaica! and made this huge success possible!
- Unity for a Cause – Charity Event 2009
Saturday May 30th 2009; Kingston, Weekenz, Constant Spring Rd 80
All day event:
4pm – kids treat with bouncing castle and ice-cream, drum workshop and performance, lyric workshop and dance workshop
4-11 pm – veteran segment with soundsystems and live artists
11-3 am – soundsystem dancehall-showcase with live artists
The venue “Weekenz” and all artists did lend us their full support and volunteered to make this first-class charity event become reality! We arranged a huge line-up with top-class-soundsystems, veterans and today’s finest artists, who came together to show unity and dedication to education projects in Jamaica in the name of the music fraternity.
The line up featured artists like: Mavado, Sizzla, Munga, Bugle, Lukie D, Junior Kelly, Lutan Fyah, Burro Banton, Sugar Minott, Ken Boothe, Leroy Sibbles, Lloyd Parks, Admiral Tibett, Louie Culture, Lady G, Chi Ching Ching, Hiyah Slice and many more, as well as first class Soundsystems like Stonelove, Swatch Intl., Coppershot, Black Scorpio, Youthman Promotion, Caveman, Foota Hype, Selecta Boom Boom and One Love from Italy.
Unfortunately the turn-out was not as good as expected, but most of the selectors and artists showed their loyal support. Nuff Respect!
Read a review published in The Gleaner
- March 2009: Registration of our Jamaican Branch
In addition to our German association we registered ‘Help Establish Library Projects in Jamaica Limited’, a branch of our non-profit organisation in Jamaica. This organisation shall first and foremost direct and guide the implementation of our aims in Jamaica and secondly be involved in the fundraising with organisation of local charity events and by approaching corporate sponsors. We celebrated the launch of the organisation on the island with a show in Kingston called Unity For A Cause – 2009.
- Black History Month Event – Feb. 27th 2009 @ “TRC”
The HELP Jamaica! board of directors volunteered at an event TRC-founder Roslyn Ellison had planned and organised for the kids of the TRC and the kids of the neighbouring community of Rose Town. We had a wonderful day with the kids, which peaked in a united walk through both communities, which had not always lived in peace in the past.
Roslyn Ellison first showed the group of kids African designs, then each kid got a shirt and special t-shirt paint. Not all the kids followed the idea of drawing African designs, but all did a gorgeous job and designed some very creative shirts, which they showed around beaming with pride.
Slideshow with the best pics of the day!
We were deeply impressed by the creative artwork and talent of the kids, who obviously enjoyed the chance to show it!
After the t-shirt painting, we all went to the famous ‘Culture Yard’, which is located opposite of the Trenchtown Reading Centre. It’s the place where the original Wailers were founded and where Bob Marley and the rest of the group spent time rehearsing their songs. Ellison had organised a percussion workshop for the kids lead by the famous ‘Kingston Drummers’. The kids were thrilled and after a little while a bunch of happy kids danced on stage to the music of the ‘Kingston Drummers’. The kids were taught how to play the instruments and had the most fun ‘clashing’ each other on the drums.
Later in the Rose Town library, some of the kids gave incredibly good drama and poetry performances before the whole group got a refreshment with patties (famous Jamaican snack) softdrinks, ice-cream and oranges.
None of the kids will soon forget this exciting day and it was a very important step to better the relationship between the two communities of Trench Town and Rose Town.
Watch the video to get an idea how talented some of these kids are when it comes to performing. Browse to the -video section- to see more performances.
Powerful performance by Destiny from the “Trenchtown Knowledge Squad”!
Video taken at Febr. 27th 2009 at the Rose Town Library
- Free advertisement inside the German RIDDIM Magazin
The year started promising with a free full-page advertisement for HELP Jamaica! inside the German RIDDIM magazine (special Bob Marley issue). We say thanks to the editorial staff for the generous support!