Eek A Mouse removed from Carifest C.A.R.E.S. Lineup


eek_a_mouse_edit_1.jpgAs a result of some disparaging remarks made by Jamaican artist, Eek A Mouse at the Carifest C.A.R.E.S. press conference on June 4th, organizers have pulled him from the event lineup. The organizers for Carifest C.A.R.E.S. made this decision based on Eek A Mouse's inability to realize the seriousness of the issue the festival is trying to raise awareness for as well as his refusal to apologize.

Carifest C.A.R.E.S. has teamed up this year with Keep A Child Alive, an organization dedicated to help fight the AIDS epidemic in Africa which crosses all racial barriers. The organizers feel that Eek A Mouse's racial outburst towards the other artists on the panel who have all come together from a wide array of racial and cultural backgrounds to help the cause was unacceptable. In a rebuttal to Eek A Mouse's comments, Matisyahu and Midnite simply came together in an impromptu duet that illustrated the point the best way possible: music can make a difference no matter where you come from. As the late brother Bob Marley would say: "one good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain".

Carifest C.A.R.E.S. will take place Sunday, July 6th at the USTA National Tennis Center: Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows Park, Queens, NY. This year's festival, as in the past, promises a momentous event, which as always, includes a stellar line-up of performances. Sets by legendary Grammy award winner Lee "Scratch" Perry, who has been an innovator and at the forefront of the reggae music scene for 50 years; Matisyahu, who brings his uncanny, electrifying fusion of orthodox Judaism and classic reggae, and the most recent addition to the line-up: Slightly Stoopid who describe their music as "A fusion of acoustic rock and blues with reggae, hip hop, and punk." In addition is: cutting edge St. Croix roots reggae band, Midnite; Brooklyn bred and Jamaican raised Kayla Bliss; the up and coming conscious reggae crooner Uriel Hamilton; Afro-fusion reggae fronted by a soaring, soulful voice in Meta and the Cornerstones; Antigua & Barbuda's Causion who has been dubbed a 'musical archer' due to his straightforward and provocative lyrics; a young American hailing from Arkansas with his voice rooted deep in Jamaica, Joseph Israel; and Groundation who bring to the table, a unique infusion of reggae, jazz and dub.