Air Supply returns for charity In Jamaica

Air Supply performing at the Lily Pond lawn at Couples Sans Souci Resort in St Ann in 2017

Australian soft rock band Air Supply is again slated to take the stage for charity at An Evening with Air Supply & Third World, scheduled for Couples Sans Souci in Ocho Rios, St Ann, on June 1.

Organised by the Issa Trust Foundation, the outdoor concert is aimed at raising US$200,000 for the paediatric wards of Annotto Bay and Savanna-la-Mar hospitals in St Ann and Westmoreland, respectively.

“It’s gonna be an enchanted evening under the stars. Air Supply are Goodwill Ambassadors for the Issa Trust Fund for the past four to five years and they wanted to come back. They are real veterans and extraordinarily popular in Jamaica. We’re thrilled they are coming back,” Issa told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

The Aussie outfit — comprising guitarist Graham Russell and vocalist Russell Hitchcock — performed at the inaugural event two years ago, which raised more than $15 million for the St Ann’s Bay Hospital. Tessanne Chin and Djani were also on that show.

Emerging in the 1970s, Air Supply is known for hit songs Making Love Out Of Nothing At All, Just As I Am, Even The Nights Are Better, and Here I Am.

Third World’s impressive catalogue includes Try Jah Love, Committed, Always Around, 96 Degrees in the Shade, and Sense of Purpose.

At 19 years old, singer Koffee is the youngest Jamaican to reach number one on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart. Her EP, Rapture, debuted in pole position last month. It features the chart-topping single Toast.

Issa described this year’s US$200,000 target as ambitious, but he said he was equal to the task.

“Our relationships with the hospitals go way back. We have ambitious plans for the paediatric wards for both hospitals and I think it’s possible. The sponsors are coming in and we have volunteers,” he said. “There’s a lot that needs to be done in this country and the Government alone cannot do it. We have to do it and I’m very pleased with what we’re doing.”

In addition to Air Supply, veteran band Third World and Koffee are also billed for the June 1 outing.

“Third World is celebrating their 46th year and they have a huge catalogue of songs; and everyone is talking about conscious reggae artiste Koffee. It’s a nice mix and a good line-up… It’s gonna be a fantastic show,” he said.