Lyrikal, whose “Dip and Roll” and “Freedom” were big songs for Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival, will perform along the likes of 12 acts from Jamaica, T&T and St Lucia.
Mavado will headline the official festival opening show at the Mindoo Philip Mark on April 29 and no doubt will deliver faves such as Weh Dem A Do, On The Rock, which was sampled by Jay Z and Delilah.
Saint Lucian artistes include Nerdy, Sirlancealot, Michael Robinson, Sedale & Wildfire, Mysterio, Arthur Allain, Ezra ‘The Fun Machine’, Tropixx Band. The Derek Yarde Project (DYP) will also perform in an old school reggae tribute with Lovindeer known for hits such as “Babylon Boops”, “Don’t Bend Down”, “Pocomonia Day”, “Man Shortage”, and what is perhaps the biggest hit of his career with “Wild Gilbert”.
In disclosing the line-up, Saint Lucia Tourist Board Special Events, Manager Dahlia Guard, disclosed that the heavy emphasis on Saint Lucia chart topping Soca acts was deliberate in view of the appeal of the Opening of Jazz as a jam and party night, vis a vis the comparative quality of Saint Lucian party music in the last five years.
“Saint Lucia’s Soca artistes are on par with the international Soca artistes of the region. There is hardly any need to look elsewhere for the Opening of Jazz given the type of event it is; but also, with the rebranding of the Festival, we are keeping to the mandate of exposing what we have that is great,” Guard said.
Patrons at the April 29 opening will also receive a musical treat when two of the island’s most famed and prolific deejays Hyper D and Hollywood HP face-off.
For more information on the full lineup for the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival 2016 along with show dates, venues and ticket sales, log onto www.stluciajazz.org.