ROCKPORT — Necessary Music Productions is helping Flatbread Company in Rockport promote Benefit 4 Bahamas Hurricane Relief as part of the weekly Tuesday night benefit schedule.
“It sure is great working with Bobby and the rest of the FBC Krewe (sic) again!” said Necessary, in a news release.
The Benefit 4 Bahamas Hurricane Relief Evening will be Tuesday, October 1, from 5-9 p.m., with a dinner of flatbread pizza or salad (with locally sourced ingredients) and whatever patrons might choose from the full bar.
“There is no added cost beyond your dinner and drinks,” said Necessary. “Every pizza you buy will send a few dollars to Bahamians in need.”
The music will feature Bahamian Mainer Dequhn SolNJha of one of Maine's Reggae bands, Mystic Vibes, with a special solo performance to personalize the stories and spirits of Bahamans in these hard times for their homeland.
Dequhn Lobutua expresses his original lyrics with a passion gained through a life based in the spirituality of Rastafari, according to the release. His band, Mystic Vibes, has had the privilege of sharing the bill with such acts as Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, The Wailers, Third World, Morgan Heritage, and John Browns Body.
“Bahamians are still scrambling to respond to a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane that the nation’s Prime Minister has described as a ‘historic tragedy’ since the slow-moving storm made landfall Sunday Sept. 1.,” said Necessary. “Hurricane Dorian has claimed at least 56 lives and destroyed many buildings, especially on the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco.”
Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas on September 1 as a deadly Category 5 storm, according to the music productions company. It stalled and spent more than 36 hours over the nation with winds of 185-220 miles per hour. The storm produced 12-15 inches of rain and a storm surge of 18-23 feet above sea level.
As of September 20, the official death toll in the Bahamas is 56 and more than 1,300 people were missing, according to NEMA and the Bahamas Royal Police Force. The United Nations estimates that approximately 70,000 people in the Bahamas are in need of shelter and other basic needs.
Governments and nonprofits are offering money, workers and other aid to help with the rescue and recovery effort. According to the Red Cross, about 45% of the homes on Grand Bahama and Abaco — about 13,000 houses — are believed to be severely damaged or destroyed as a result of the storm, and some 62,000 people will need clean drinking water, the Associated Press reports.