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PRESS RELEASE – The clock is ticking as the entire island waits with bated breath for the staging of what has been touted as the biggest fringe event for the St. Lucia Jazz Festival.
With the picturesque town of Soufriere set as the backdrop, it’s no surprise that Soufriere Creole Jazz presented by the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) has been able to get the attention of festival followers.
The stellar line-up which includes reggae artist Jah Cure and phenomenal St. Lucian musician Barbara Cadet is also one of the main reasons the May 1 show at the Soufriere Mini-Stadium is predicted to be a sold out event.
Another St. Lucian performer with international experience Teddyson John, in his usual energetic style, is expected to bring down the stage. No doubt, his experience having performed all over the world, including Miami, New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Barbados, Martinique, Cayenne and Paris, has caused him to hone his talent and present it with international flair.
Teddyson has performed with world famous artiste Patti LaBelle and the likes of James Ingram, Bebe Winans, and Brick & Lace. He has also been afforded the opportunity to open for Destra and Machel Montano.
Rest assured that Teddyson can’t wait to ‘bring it’ on May 1st. Bringing the creole flavor to the stage is the “Original Bouyon Pioneers”. The group consists of members of the original WCK Band. The WCK band (Windward Caribbean Kulture) was formed in 1988 in Dominica.
The band played a blend of the local cadence-lypso and traditional jing-ping, change max and lapo kabwit rhythms, which would later be labelled bouyon. The group produced popular tracks like “Mete Veye”, “Original Hold Dem”, “Nomn La” and “Preg Dance See”.
To establish their musical strength, prowess and creativity, the band toured the US, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean from 1995–1998 where they packed dance halls, concert halls, arenas, etcetera. They will no doubt perform to a packed Soufriere Mini-Stadium.
Playing to what will be no less than an adoring home crowd, the Future Lights Band, one of Soufriere’s original and most well known groups, will perform their hits.
The band which has been in existence for almost two decades is known for their excellent covers of international and regional hits as well as songs from their original album.
The group performs regularly on the hotel circuit in Soufriere to rave reviews. They are excited about welcoming visitors and fellow musicians to Soufriere for what will be a very festive and musical Labour Day.
A recent addition to the line-up is the folk band Avot Service. The group, which has been in existence for ten years comprises of eight members who use traditional instruments to perform creole folk songs.
They have created a huge following for themselves and can be seen throughout the island performing at wakes, Koudmeins, private functions and on stage.
This addition completes what has been described as one of the best line ups for the Jazz Festival this year.
The SRDF credits the involvement of corporate sponsors for helping make it possible. Sponsors include Digicel, Heineken, Sagicor, Bank of St. Lucia, GGM Gallagher Insurance, GTM Insurance, St. Lucia Yellow Pages, Ladera, St. Lucia Distillers, Forest Springs, Mystic Man Tours, Harmony Yacht Services, Ben’s West Coast Jeep and Car Rental, Fond St. Jacques Cooperative Credit Union, Alfred’s Hardware, Party Hack, and Anse Chastanet Hotel.
The support of media sponsors is also greatly appreciated. Media sponsors include Mediazone/Choice, Radio St. Lucia, Hot FM, HTS and Radio 100, RCI, DBS, The Wave, and Rhythm/Blazin FM.
Tickets for the show are available at the Soufriere Foundation’s offices, The Cell outlets, Shernelle’s Pizza in Vieux Fort and Steve’s Barber Shop in Castries.
Should you want additional information on Soufriere Creole Jazz you could call the Soufriere Foundation at 459-7200/7201 or look out for regular updates on the organisation’s Facebookpage and website.