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Electric Avenue singer Eddy Grant to help flood victims in native Guyana
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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) - Singer Eddy Grant wants to use his music to help victims of floods that killed at least six people and displaced thousands of residents in his native Guyana, his spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Grant, best known for the 1980's hit Electric Avenue, is planning to donate proceeds from upcoming music projects to relief efforts in the South American country, said Josanne Leonard, the singer's spokeswoman. One year of artist royalties from Grant's upcoming album, Reparation, will go to relief efforts, as well as half the proceeds from the sale of four Grant commemorative stamps.
More than 101 centimetres of rain have fallen in Guyana since Dec. 26, including more than 68 centimetres this month alone. An average of 20 centimetres normally falls in January.
Rains have stopped and flood waters are receding in the capital of Georgetown, where life is returning to normal. But other coastal towns are still in knee-deep water, while doctors are treating hundreds of people for skin rashes, diarrhea and other ailments related to the floods.
The 56-year-old singer, who lives in Barbados, will also donate all profits from the sale of the DVD The Plaisance-Sparendaam Tribute to Eddy Grant, which will be released shortly and features performances by Grant and speeches by Guyana President Bharrat Jagdeo.