Hope for Haiti rocks Oasis

The Cayman Music and Entertainment
Association in conjunction with Rotaract Blue and the Lean on Me Foundation
hosted a “Hope for Haiti” benefit concert on Tuesday, 16 February at the Oasis
Bar, Grand Pavilion.

Featuring over 21 bands, the event
offered flavours of all delights, with ensembles such as the Swingrays, Swanky,
Jeffrey Wilson and the Blue Print, Absolut Joy, Bona Fide, Suite Elite, Local Motion,
Hi Tide and others.

Though there were concerns about
the weather for the night’s happenings, scheduled to take place from 5pm to
3am, the rain held up and the show went off without a hitch.

In addition to being treated to the
very best in music from the local scene, the campaign climaxed when all the
performers took to the stage for a rendition of Keep the Faith, a tune penned
by Brent McLean of Heat.

 The song was written as a tribute to the
survivors of the devastation in Haiti.

Mr. McLean said, “We just wanted to
do something and what better way than music. This song is our way of saying
that we stand with all the people who have been affected by this disaster.”

Fifty per cent of proceeds from all
bar purchases and donations collected at the concert went toward the relief of
Haiti.

No final figure from the event was
available before press time.

Lead singer for the group Bona
Fide, as well as one of the event’s Organisers Isadora Ferrao remarked, “Many
bands cut down their performance time in order for us to catch up on a late
running schedule. We were enormously thankful for everyone collectively bearing
the burden and for being so considerate of the acts to follow.”

President of the Cayman Music and
entertainment Association Jean Eric Smith commented on the evening: “This is
the kind of rallying point that brings everyone together. It’s at times like
these that we discover where our strengths lie and how we can be of benefit to
others. We are truly proud to have been able to play a part in relief for
Haiti.”

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Jean Eric Smith a.k.a Notch and Local Motion at the Cayman Music and Entertainment Association’s Hope for Haiti concert on 16 February.
Photo: Stuart Wilson

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