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No-Maddz to host charity concert

Published:Monday | March 7, 2011 | 12:00 AM
No-Maddz

After trodding successfully through 2010, popular dub-poetry quartet No-Maddz is gearing up to give back to charity for 2011.

Having released their highly acclaimed live album The Trod last March, No-Maddz, which consists of members Sheldon Shepherd, Everaldo Creary, Chris Gordon and O'Neil Peart, is looking to the betterment of others with their latest project, 'The Trod Anniversary Special'. Scheduled for 6 p.m., on March 13 at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston, The Trod Anniversary Special marks the quartet's first official show for the new year. Proceeds from The Trod Anniversary concert will go towards the EVE for Life, as well as the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.

Eve for Life is a non-government organisation geared at educating, caring and fostering young girls who are pregnant and living with HIV. The Nomaddic Movement was introduced to the organisation by Sheldon Shepherd who acts as the NGO's patron and made a collective decision to be the organisation's official sponsor.

The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts was chosen because the noted institution produces the future of artistry in Jamaica, which is one of the island's greatest exports. No-Maddz has teamed up with the school to assist the art department in providing the necessary tools to enhance productivity.

Despite getting offers to perform at shows, the No-Maddz's last performance was at the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road in Kingston on Boxing Day, December 26. They have been teasing this upcoming event via their social networks with the coined phrase, "Tell No One You Have Seen Me."

Stellar performance

The band promises that their performance will not only include a stellar performance of known tracks, but also the introduction of new material that they are excited to share. One of the organisers for the event commented, "This concert event marks and commemorates the first anniversary of 'The Trod', the group's live album recording. The band will perform a 130-minute set to well-wishers, fans, supporters and special guests. They will also be performing six new songs and will formally present tokens to key supporters of the Nomaddic Movement as a means of appreciation for all the work they have done. Some entities receiving the 'Key Supporter Award' from No-Maddz are Supreme Ventures, Puma, Courts, and Grizzlys. The band also signed a deal to be the face for Puma's new 'Rocker, Flex and Groove' campaign with Usain Bolt.

While the concert is mainly a charity and media event, No-Maddz fans can stay tuned to the media and social networking sites such as Facebook for chances to win tickets to the concert. The first 100 fans to register to join the band's mailing list on their website, www.nomaddzja.com, will win tickets to the show.