Carifest C.A.R.E.S. Cancelled


edit_carifest_cares.jpgCarifest C.A.R.E.S. scheduled for July 6, New York, has been cancelled. This years event was meant to sponsor the charitable organization Keep A Child Alive (KACA) by helping them to provide medicine and relief to African children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic, as well as increase AIDS awareness in the community.

One of the many speculations for the cancellation of the festival, apart from the rain and fog, was the lack of confidence that the patrons had in the line up of artistes. Many artistes could not be contracted for this event as anti-gay activist groups vehemently protested certain artistes and their lyrics as homophobic in nature and New York would not have them performing in their city.

Other artistes were either pulled from the line up or unable to perform for other reasons such as: making racist remarks about other artistes; namely Eek-A-Mouse, who made racist remarks attacking white Jewish reggae artiste Matisyahu. Another unnamed artiste boasted about his refusal to wearing condoms, which was not in keeping with the AIDS prevention message of the festival. There is also the concern that the Jamaican artistes were not willing to reduce their performance fees for the charitable event.

Unfortunately, the promotion team, Legendary and Alphonso D'Niscio Brooks, were unable to secure the necessary additional time from the Parks Department to facilitate band changes in order to accommodate replacement artistes. Hence, the poor ticket sales reflected the lack of support from the community who was not impressed with the less than 'star studded' line up of artistes.

Reggae Carifest N.Y.,Inc. apologizes to its patrons and assures that full refunds will be made once tickets are returned to the point of purchase.

No plans are being made to reschedule Carifest C.A.R.E.S. at this time.

Source: Brittany Somerset, Intrepid Reporter, Manhattan