Jazz a La Chaudiere in the South, a second stage at the Pigeon Island National Landmark and in excess of 70 artistes, are among the major Festival updates unveiled this week as the planning for the staging of the 25th edition of the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival gains momentum.
Jazz a La Chaudiere, Phillip Marcellin Grounds in Vieux Fort, rolls out what is being planned as a family day with a diverse line-up from Trinidad in the South to Haiti in the North. Headlining is reggae Jamaican Lovers rock singer and record producer Sanchez of «, «Loneliness», «Never Dis Di Man», «I’m Missing You», «I Can’t Wait», «Wild Sanchez» and «Pretty Girl» fame. Since the artiste also branched out into gospel reggae, his appeal is now extended to a broader demographic.
One of the all-time favorites and most featured performing groups to have graced the Festival over its lifespan is the Haitian Jazz Band Strings. Dahlia Guard, Events Manager of the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, described Strings’ fourth return to the Festival as «fitting in light of the history they share with the Festival, and exciting, especially for the following they have developed here.» The Jazz a La Chaudiere line-up also features the ethnic/jazz/blues sound of Trinidad & Tobago’s Dean Williams Quartet featuring soul soprano Lletesha Sylvester. Completing the line-up is Karma featuring Shomari Maxwell, and the band Phases, both from the host town.
The already high trending Teddyson John (TJ) will present an amped-up set at Mainstage Friday (May 06) featuring Kes and Da’ville. The complementarity between TJ’s sound and the unique blend of soulful vocals, calypso-inspired melodies, rock riffs and island beats of Kes, one of Trinidad &Tobago’s trending pop/soca groups, is undeniable. Singer, songwriter, composer and producer Da’Ville has worked with recording companies such as Avex Japan, Ki/oon, Sony Music Japan, VP Records (Indie) and Fashozy Records (Indie). The infusion of his reggae fusion music which has topped charts regionally and internationally, and the slew of TJ and Kes’ hits are expected to ‘bring’ the signature energy for which Mainstage Friday is well known.
Singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor Omarion, formerly lead singer of the boy band B2K, will complete the Pigeon Island main stage line up on Saturday May 07. Omarion emerged as one of the more popular solo contemporary R&B artists of the late 2000s. His solo career debuted in 2005 via Epic label with the album O which went to the top of the Billboard 200 chart and attracted a Best Contemporary R&B Album Grammy nomination.
This year, what was previously known as the Pigeon Island Side stage is rebranded as Mainstage Stage 2, in light of the professional positioning of the line-up it boasts. These include Saint Lucia’s most notable names in pop and contemporary jazz music. Stage 2 will feature Rob ‘Zii’ Taylor on Friday May 06, Michael Robinson, Skip Monday and Barbara Cadet on Saturday May 07 and Jessy Leonce, Derede Williams and ALIBI on Sunday May 08.
For more information about the 25th Annual Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival visithttp://www.stluciajazz.org.
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About Saint Lucia
One of the Windward Islands of the West Indies’ Lesser Antilles, Saint Lucia (pronounced Saint LOO-sha) is nestled halfway down the Eastern Caribbean archipelago. The «Helen of the West Indies,» Saint Lucia is known for its natural beauty and diverse attractions, including the signature Piton Mountains – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – a tropical rainforest and one of the world’s few drive-in volcanoes. Culturally rich offerings include the bustling marketplace in the capital of Castries, quaint fishing villages along the coastline, and the annual Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival. Saint Lucia’s wide range of accommodations includes world-class five-star resorts, all-inclusive resorts, intimate inns and value-oriented properties. Saint Lucia also is home to world class cruise and yachting facilities. The island is continually recognized as one of the Leading Wedding and Honeymoon destinations worldwide.
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LUCELEC CONTINUES MUSICAL AND CULTURAL ALLIANCE WITH JAZZ FESTIVAL
the Saint Lucia Tourist Board gets ready to officially open its twenty-fifth edition of the storied Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, the St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) congratulates all involved for this milestone achievement. And, as it has done since inception, LUCELEC will continue its support of the Jazz Festival, this year as a gold sponsor contributing cash and electrical infrastructure to a number of events. Along with main stage events from the Tourist Board, LUCELEC also sponsored the Jazz Sampler held on April 9 and will do the same for Tea Time Jazz, Soufriere Creole Jazz, Marigot Jazz and Vieux-Fort Mouvement Ansam Jazz Finale. In addition, the company will team up for the first time with the Rainforest Hideaway Jazz Week as well as the Jon Odlum Secondary School in its hosting of Jazz on the Grass and with The Landings St Lucia for “Sax on the Beach”.
The Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival combines economic promise with artistic expression (particularly that of Saint Lucian artistes) and the growth in capacity of technical personnel on island who work with the various shows. LUCELEC Corporate Communications Manager Roger Josephs says these are just some of the reasons the company continues to support the festival.
“The nature of LUCELEC’s business is to make long-term investments, and we’ve always seen the Jazz festival in that light. We believe that investment has paid off for Saint Lucia in terms of meeting the tourism and destination marketing objectives and, critically, our capacity to put on world class events,” he adds.
The relationship between LUCELEC and the Jazz Festival began in 1992 when the very first event was held at the Pigeon Island National Landmark. Back then LUCELEC provided temporary lighting to Pigeon Island – then not on the LUCELEC grid – to facilitate the hosting of the event.
The Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival will be held from April 29-May 8, 2016.