J Boog Marks Album Release on Ground in East Africa
J Boog recently performed as part of the Give Africa Hope (www.giveafricahope.com) Benefit Concert Series in Dallas, Texas, alongside other world music icons such as Peetah & Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage, Alaine Laughton, & Anthony David. After performing in Dallas, he and other artists traveled to Nairobi, Kenya to participate in the second phase of Give Africa Hope. While on the ground, they will assist will additional collections, deliveries and distribution of the famine relief supplies. They all agree that supporting and assisting from the ground will create much greater awareness and assistance from other international celebrities and organizations. The team says, “there is a need to prevent this horrible famine cycle that seems to happen about every few years, by assisting with advancements in agriculture, education, and creation of new sustainable industries in the area. Give Africa Hope is a not-for-profit pursuit hoping to unite people and organizations from around the world in these efforts”. The entire team is hoping to make this an annual pilgrimage as they all agree that the needs require much more ambitious aims and efforts than just food and water, a couple of concerts or one visit to the area.
J Boog’s first full album since 2007, “Backyard Boogie”, released today, debuting at #1 on the iTunes Reggae Chart. Already on the ground in Kenya, J Boog is focused on bigger things than commercial success. “This will be my inaugural visit to the African Continent and it could not be for a more deserving reason,” says J Boog. “Africa is the cradle of mankind and more so East Africa… we have to do whatever it takes to assist the people and revive this historic part of our world”.
“His selflessness is an inspiration for all of us…hopefully his actions will help increase awareness around the situation in East Africa,” adds Mango’s Anthony Alexander. J Boog’s label, Wash House Music (www.washhousemusic.net), also has team members on the ground in Kenya, showing their active, hands-on commitment to this initiative.
We are very proud of J Boog’s commitment to helping those in need and of the role we and others played in helping coordinate Give Africa Hope. It was truly a team effort, and in times like these it is critical for people to work together and change the world for the better.
Direct donations to the famine relief efforts can be made to UNICEF via Project Maisha at http://www.irelieforg.org/projectmaisha/
For more information on the Give Africa Hope movement, visit the website at http://www.giveafricahope.com