The Saint Lucia Jazz 2012 festival will take place from April 30th – May 13th, with over 50 international and local artistes performing.
This year’s international headliners are Grammy winner Lionel Richie, R&B singers Keri Hilson and Melanie Fiona, reggae artiste Ziggy Marley and Soca couple Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez and Bunji Garlin plus gospel recording superstar Kirk Franklin
At a live television and radio press launch at the awarding winning Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa and Beach Resort on the Pigeon Island Causeway, it was announced that the highly anticipated musical event, now into its 21st year, will encompass 14 days of some of the best live performances from renowned local, regional and international superstars.
The 2012 event carded for April 30th – May13th, will feature over fifty (50) artistes performing against some of the best backdrop locales this side of the hemisphere, from the signature Atlantic Ocean backdrop of the Pigeon Island National landmark, to quaint and rustic village settings like Fond D’Or in Dennery, Rudy John Beach Park in Laborie and Seaside jazz at Duty free Pointe Seraphine in the heart of the City.
Main stage performances get underway from May 9 to 13 and are headlined by celebrated performer and multiple Grammy winner, Lionel Richie. Other musical heavy weights include accomplished South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela; 5 time Grammy winning artiste Ziggy Marley – the son of iconic reggae legend Bob Marley; jazz aficionado Joshua Redman; hit R&B song writer turned performer and soulful songstress Keri Hilson; pop and hip-hop phenom Melanie Fiona and gospel king Kirk Franklin among others. A slue of Saint Lucia’s leading musical masterminds like Luther Francois, Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson, Richard Payne, Derek Yarde Project and others complement the casts.
Headlining the opening of Saint Lucia Jazz set for Monday, April 30 is Trinidadian power couple Fay Ann Lyons & Bunji Garlin. Scheduled for the Mindoo Phillip Park, located in what is typically referred to as the ‘Capital of Castries’, the Opening will also feature dancehall wonder Busy Signal and Saint Lucian singing sensation Teddyson John
Saint Lucia Jazz has maintained its ranking as one of the world’s top five festivals. The festival is presented by the Saint Lucia Tourist Board and is supported by Platinum sponsor Digicel along with other Gold, Bronze and Collateral sponsors.
Here’s the lineup:
Monday April 30th – Mindoo Phillip Park
Busy Signal, Teddyson John, Fay Ann and Bunji Garlin
Saturday April 28th – Coconut Bay Resort & Spa
Gil Tony’k, with Tony Chasseur and Gilles Voyer, Alchimik’s Loula Trio, featuring Ricardo Francois Sisterhood
Sunday April 29th – Coconut Bay Resort & Spa
Etienne Charles, Insuler’, Rupert Lay Quartet, Black Antz Jazz Combo
Tuesday May 1st – Rudy John Beach Park
Cameron Pierre band, featuring Ricardo Francois, Emerson Nurse and Fred Nicholas with Caribbean launch of Cameron Pierre’s CD Radio Jumbo
Wednesday May 9th – Gaiety on Rodney Bay
Joshua Redman, Ronald “Boo” Hinkson
Thursday May 10th – Gaiety on Rodney Bay Mario Canonge
Friday May 11th – Pigeon Island National Landmark
Gipsy Kings, Ziggy Marley, Derek Yarde Project ‘DYP” – En Kweyol
Saturday May 12th – Pigeon Island National Landmark
Kirk Franklin, Keri Hilson, Alison Marquis Nonet featuring Andy Narell
Sunday May 13th – Pigeon Island National Landmark
Lionel Richie, Hugh Masekela, The WESPE POU AYITI Project featuring Jean Caze, Richard Payne, Sonny ATroupe & Joel Widmaier, Melanie Fiona
For more information on the full lineup for Saint Lucia Jazz 2012 along with show dates, venues and ticket sales, log onto www.stluciajazz.org.