Show To Go On With Truth Hip Hop Fest: Organizers Use Weekend to Help Support Hurricane Victims
By Arthia Nixon (thebahamsweekly.com)
Nassau, The Bahamas – Despite being postponed by a week due to inclement weather, organizers of the 6th annual Truth Hip Hop Fest say the show will go on bigger, better and more exciting than ever before this Friday, September 12 at the Rainforest Theatre on Cable Beach.
“Due to the hurricanes, most airlines were grounded and as a result several of our performers were unable to fly in,” the organizers said in a press statement. “Although we would have been more than prepared to perform on Friday, we accept the time change and hope that everyone uses it to spread amongst the Bahamian community to come and support.”
Support will be an underlying theme for the weekend as Truth Hip Hop Fest will be used as a vehicle to reach out to those who have been affected by Hurricanes Hanna and Ike.
“Through the news, we’ve seen the damage in wake of hurricanes and we urge everyone to pray for the families of those 300 people who died in Haiti because you never know if one of them is related to someone right here in The Bahamas,” they said. “Our prayers are also with the people in Turks and Caicos and of course those in the southern Bahamas. There were no reports of death but rebuilding 80 per cent of the homes is going to take some time.”
Those coming to the Truth Hip Hop Fest can help rebuild by bringing in items to donate storm refuges.
“We are encouraging parents, teachers, students, youth groups and everyone who comes to the fest to bring canned goods for hurricane victims in Inagua and any other islands affected by the storms,” they said. “We will be donating those to the Bahamas Red Cross Society to distribute them as necessary. Even if you don’t plan to come to the concert, still send or drop off what you can.”
They added, “Some people may wonder why we still choose to have the concert after such circumstances happening around us, but through music, people can find healing, inspiration, the will to overcome, forgiveness and strength to start over.”
The Truth Hip Hop Fest was birthed from the Dunamus Soundz Record Label, a local music company headed by Lavard ‘Manifest’ Parks. The civic-minded company has made generous contributions, especially to local children’s homes by providing concert tickets to residents. Last year, they raised over $2,000 to purchase clothes, food and other necessities for orphans.
The Truth Hip Hop Fest commences this Friday at 7pm at the Rain Forest Theater. An Artist Music Workshop is planned for the following day.