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RnB 28/01/2005

Eddy Grant, Guyana's Most Famous Son, To Donate Proceeds From His Works For Rehabilitation Efforts In Guyana

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NEW YORK (www.eddygrant.com) Eddy Grant, Guyanese-born music legend, international superstar and recording artist has thrown the weight of his music and personality behind the people of Guyana as disease, hunger and homelessness threaten many communities after the recent floods that shutdown the capital city Georgetown and marooned entire villages and towns along Guyana's East Coast.

In making the announcement from Bayley's Plantation in Barbados, home of Ice Records and Blue Wave Studios, Guyana's most famous son pledged to donate funds from upcoming projects to the Ringbang Foundation to enable it to make a valuable and long lasting contribution to the rehabilitation of Guyana.

All three projects represent the latest from the legendary artist who has been spending a lot of time in his native Guyana over the past few years using his influence to make a difference in the racially divided country, especially among the youth. They are:

1. All profits from the sale of the DVD "The Plaisance-Sparendaam Tribute to Eddy Grant" held in the Market Square in August 2004, which is due out shortly. The commemorative DVD contains highlights of speeches from President Bharrat Jagdeo and the Honourable Robert Corbin, Leader of the Opposition. It features many of the performances and tributes to Eddy Grant from all sections of Guyanese society held over the Emancipation Weekend, interviews with some of the more well known village personalities, footage of his motorcade through the streets of Plaisance including a stop at his place of birth and many other historical and cultural anecdotes. A collector's must, the DVD captures all the emotion of the moment as the people proclaimed him the 'President of Plaisance'. The DVD also features his inspiring and bold address as he spoke directly to both the President and the Opposition Leader on behalf of his people. In what can be dubbed his inaugural 'Presidential' speech, the music legend pleaded passionately with both leaders to stop playing the racial card and shared his dreams for uniting his country through Ringbang, music and culture. The commemorative DVD "The Plaisance-Sparendaam Tribute to Eddy Grant" will be available for pre-order on www.icerecords.com and www.eddygrant.com.

2. Fifty percent (50%) of all proceeds received by Eddy Grant from the sale of four stamps depicting this music legend and entertainment industry entrepreneur, to be issued in recognition of his contribution as an Ambassador for Guyana and his worldwide success in the entertainment business for forty years. The Guyana Postal Corporation plans to launch the four stamps depicting Eddy Grant on Thursday, 17th. February 2005 at one of Georgetown's beautiful venues called Umanayana, the Amerindian name for 'meeting place'. Three of the stamps are commemorative and one perpetual and marks the first time that someone, other than the elected President of the Republic, will be honoured.

3. All proceeds of recording artist royalties from his upcoming new album 'REPARATION' for a period of one year from the date of the first sale. Grant's new album 'REPARATION' is yet another musical foray into the heart and soul of this living music legend who mixes all popular forms of music and then infuses it with his own particular Caribbean inflections. In the clutter of the madding world of the music business, Eddy seeks to invite his fans to reflect on the values that tear us apart and build on the values he defines as Ringbang values, learning to love oneself before professing to love each other.

Eddy Grant has also committed the sites www.icerecords.com and www.eddygrant.com to support an on-line presence where postings, links, information about disaster management and the human face of the relief efforts can be accessed and shared. These sites are available to individuals and organisations within Guyana or externally. For further information on how to use the websites for the relief efforts, contact kaituk@aol.com or miribai@tstt.net.tt






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