As the coronavirus sweeps the U.K., musical stars Toyin Adekale, Noel Mckoy, and Leee John are banding together to find ways to support the countries under pressure from the National Health Service (NHS).
The coronavirus is a worldwide problem; no longer can people in the privileged West point their finger and say, “It’s over there.” The coronavirus is here, and it is hitting everyone everywhere without exception. As the virus sweeps across the U.K. and the government prepares with measures never before seen during peacetime, the U.K. musical community, alongside the global musical community, has been decimated. Despite this, artists are still doing all they can to help however they can.
On April 5, 2020, three of the U.K.’s musical greats will come together (separately) to raise money for the NHS with a unique online and event. Char-toppers Leee John of Imagination, Toyin Adekale, and Noel Mckoy will come together virtually for Shlepp TV’s “Love Hope and Reflection” TV show to help raise vital funds specifically for NHS, not only the Royal Free Hospital in London.
Around the world, many stars have no other option other than to go online to reach their fanbase. Musicians are doing all they can to motivate and entertain people who are self-isolating at home. If ever people thought they watched TV a lot or used the internet too much, never have these systems been put under the pressure they are now as billions of people are now on lockdown globally.
The unique challenge that Shlepp TV and the artists have faced with their event was exactly that, The Lockdown. The event was planned to take place at Shlepp Studios in London. A few days later, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed what everyone suspected: The U.K. would go into full lockdown. So Shlepp TV had to find a way to get the artists involved in the event from several different locations and without the high-tech equipment usually needed for this type of event. Shlepp TV was able to find a high-quality solution allowing the event to take place on Sunday, April 5. The three U.K. stars will each perform live online for thousands of their fans and raise money for NHS.
The head of Shlepp Entertainment Ltd/Shlepp TV, Stevie Eagle E, stated:
We wanted to do something special, not just do something. So I reached out to artists I felt would have that connection with the people and not just raise funds for the NHS, but reach people in a real way. Artists like Leee John have a broad fanbase and he already does so much charity work. Toyin Adekale travels the world healing and helping with her music. She is also directly affected by all of this as her mum is in hospital with the coronavirus, and Noel Mckoy represents many in our community crossing over with his music to reach millions. We felt this was a good place to start, and hopefully, if we are successful, we will continue. Our aim is to raise as much as we can for the Royal Free hospital and the NHS.
International star Leee John of Imagination (who has pledged to give all his proceeds to the NHS) stated on the phone that:
It is my great privilege to be able to help raise funds for the NHS. As there are so many people who are suffering at this period in time. I hope through my music and performance that I can help someone with my contribution. The one thing, we as people can always come back to is music. It breaks down all the walls, barriers, and unites us as one. It is a great healer. Peace love and light.
In a statement sent by email, Reggae and Gospel Star Toyin Adekale wrote:
These are challenging times. Right now, my own mother is struggling to survive this [coronavirus] in hospital, and the family is isolated and cannot even be beside her. To say we are all distraught is an understatement. Times like this we cannot get through alone. We must come together to navigate this global pandemic. I need you as much as you need me. The music and this event is a way for me to find some sort of focus and healing without going crazy. What I do in music today is so much more than before, and this cause brings to fruition my continued purpose to bring hope, reflection, and love in these challenging times. I hope to bring some light entertainment, a trip down memory lane, and I am open to your questions. Isolation doesn’t mean we can’t get up close and personal. Look forward to sharing with you on April 5th.
Platinum recording artist Noel Mckoy said:
The pandemic has made me realize even more how great our Creator is. I have noticed the sun has shone every day. We need to remember who runs this world. I give thanks for my blessings and I want to give back. This is a good way to do it.
The event will go live on Sunday, April 5 at 2 p.m. ET, on Shlepp TV YouTube channel. For information about the event or to donate, visit the Events page on the Shlepp Entertainment website. The event is to raise money for the Royal Free Hospital in London and the NHS. Anyone can donate directly to the Royal Free Hospital through a special website set up by Shlepp TV. but one will need to donate here to get the special link to watch the event. The full schedule can be found on the Events page on the Shlepp Entertainment website.
As artists around the world find unique ways to entertain, enlighten, and give back in the face of this global pandemic, perhaps people will see others connecting with music and entertainment in a different way. A lot of the music people see and hear now almost seems superfluous when one looks at what the world has to face. Music has to entertain and make people feel good, but it also has a social responsibility to heal, educate and relieve, and help in times of great human events. Artists like Leee John, Toyin Adekale and Noel Mckoy are setting an example for all. Look forward to hearing and seeing them on April 5, 2020, from the safety of isolation at home.
By Jeanette Vietti
Image Courtesy of Shlepp Entertainment – Used With Permission