Sun | Aug 19, 2018

Naomi Cowan hosts hurricane fundraiser, single-release party

Published:Sunday | November 5, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Naomi Cowan

Naomi Cowan, daughter of Tommy Cowan and Carlene Davis, hosted a single-release party and fundraiser in Toronto, Canada.

Organised by The Blue Hummingbird group, the event was held in the heart of downtown Toronto at The Pint Public House. Cowan partnered with the Sandals Foundation as a way to bring attention to the current and continued work being done in the Caribbean to benefit the islands devastated by both Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

In attendance was a mix of Torontonians, Jamaicans, and high-profile influencers in the music and TV industries, including Steve Wilson, manager of reggae artiste Sean Paul; City TV producer Kate Moore; CBC and Apple Music Media producer Alex Narvaez; actors Harry Shum Jr and Isaiah Mufasa from the American supernatural drama television series ShadowHunters; Aisha Porter-Christie, writer on ShadowHunters; Orphan Black and CBC's Frankie Drake; and Mark Josephs and his mother, Glenor Josephs, president and founders of Kisko.

Cowan also gave the audience a sneak peek of her upcoming music, along with a brand-new single, Things You Say You Love, a song that is tied to her family legacy in reggae music in more ways than one.

The song was co-written 50 years ago by her father Tommy Cowan. Toronto is also significant because like her daughter, Naomi's mother, Carlene Davis, started her reggae music career in the city.

The single, featuring Mark Pelli, of the pop-reggae band Magic!, has received positive reviews from listeners and leading members of the music industry for its production value and her vocal performance.

Patrons shared profusely on social media using the hashtag #NaomiSings, where those who missed out got videos and pictures galore via Instagram stories.

In continued support of the hurricane relief efforts, the 'Tmrw.Tday Culture Fest', a Jamaican music, art, and wellness festival taking place in Negril from May 1 - 6, 2018, has joined Cowan in committing to donating 10 per cent of ticket sales purchased through her event to the foundation's relief fund.