Reports Of Rihanna, Koffee, Buju Banton And More For St. Vincent Benefit Concert Are Unconfirmed

Ai Dixon

The Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, in collaboration with Oxygen with Nicole (O2N) Foundation and the Global Coalition, are promising a “phenomenal” virtual showcase of Caribbean excellence, “Stronger Together….We are a global family”, in support of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

In a statement, the OECS said that the event is seeking to rally forces and raise funds for the people of Saint Vincent in response to the ongoing devastation wrought by the volcanic eruption of La Soufrière and the recent extreme flooding of the southern part of the island.

Though the names of several popular artists, including Rihanna, Koffee, Buju Banton, Nicki Minaj, and Sean Paul, have been bandied about, the statement from the OECS said details on the complete cast of the showcase will be shared in the days leading up to the event.

“The monumental task of curating the participants is ongoing. Confirmations, as to the billing credits, on the showcase are in process. No official release of the cast of the showcase has been made. Any claims in the public domain at this time are not advanced by the agencies in question,” the statement said.

The O2N Foundation’s “We are a global family” initiative was birthed in March 2020 as a means of corralling individuals around the world in solidarity with each other in times of distress, the statement read. This recent partnership bolsters the long-term vision of bringing people together globally for the sake of human development, social transformation and creative entrepreneurship, it continued.

The “Stronger Together” virtual showcase, according to the statement, will take the form of live performances of Caribbean stars, international influencer endorsements, testimonials, and governmental appeals, to leverage financial pledges towards the rebuilding of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

“We are negotiating with our endorsing partners to craft a meaningful, uplifting, humanitarian drive to aid a nation in need. Our mission is targeted at alleviating distress and generating sustainable mandates for human development and national relief to our regional brothers and sisters in Saint Vincent,” it ended.

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