With several Carnival bands already launched as all look ahead to Carnival 2013, Saint Lucian record label Stratosphere Muzic is also getting an early jump on the season with the release of a compilation entitled, Lucian Bacchanal.
Ten of the 14 tracks on the CD is brand new music, the first time such material is available for purchase ahead of the Carnival season, which traditionally starts in May. Lucian Bacchanal also includes four 2012 releases including the very popular “Ramen” and “Saint Lucia We Love”.
Songwriter and producer Courtney Louis is the CEO of Stratospere Muzic. He says the compilation is designed to capitalize on the thousands of people expected to attend the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival and later, Carnival.
“Every year we get requests for Saint Lucian music to be made available for purchase,” he says. “And while we traditionally do a CD towards the end of or after the season, it comes out too late for many of the fans who don’t live here. Lucian Bacchanal is therefore hopefully going to address that need.”
Several of the featured artistes on the CD will perform at upcoming Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival events. Superman HD, Ricky T and Mongstar are scheduled to open the festival on April 30 at Mindoo Phillip Park with Ambi and Q-Pid also expected to perform at fringe events like Jazz on the Square.
All the songs on Lucian Bacchanal were recorded, mixed and mastered at the Dutch Productions studio which Louis, a three-time COTT winner and 2008 Saint Lucia Producer of the Year also operates.
The featured music is from the Ramen Riddim incuding Ambi’s title track “Ramen”; “Cheaters Confession” by reigning Power Soca Monarch Superman HD and “Haffi Cum Back” which is sang by Q-Pid. The Jump Over Riddim features Marie-Anne with “Lucian Bacchanal” and Invader’s “Saw Him”. Ricky T and Ambi are featured on the title track of the 40 Days and 40 Nights Riddim as is Piton Soca Starz 2012 winner Jay Budz with “Whining Instructor”.
There is one song on the Local Riddim, it is Mongstar’s “Nationality” which was released in time for the observance of Saint Lucia’s 34th Independence this year and finally the Junkie Bacchanal Riddim has Mongstar and Ricky T on the title track, D’Sean with “Jookay”; Soca Princess “Soca Man” and Q-Pid and Ambi “Chipping on the Road”.
The compilation also features Piton Soca Starz 2011 winner Sergie on “Woman of the House”.
Eight Saint Lucian artistes are currently signed to the Stratosphere Muzic label namely Mongstar, Ambi, Q-Pid, Marie-Anne, Scady dot P, Sergie, Jay Budz and D’Sean. For the latest on their releases and performances, fans should log on and like the Facebook page Dutch Productions/Stratosphere Muzic or follow them on twitter @StratosphereDP.
The Lucian Bacchanal CD can be purchased at Sunshine Bookstore or through the above mentioned Facebook and Twitter accounts.