Saint Lucia's Jazz in the South 2007

St Lucia Jazz festivalConsidéré comme le festival off du festival de Jazz de St Lucie, Saint Lucia's Jazz in the South fête cette année son dizième anniversaire. A l'ombre des paillettes du festival officiel, ce festival a une dimension plus intime et conviviale. Il débutera le 6 mai à Laborie, petit village de pêcheur sur la côte atlantique ( jumelée avec les Anses d'Arlet en Martinique ). Le 9 mai, le festival se tiendra à Vieux Fort, Campus B du VF Comprehensive Secondary School, lieu qui remplace Balembouche pour la 2e année consécutive. VF est la commune la plus septentrionale de Ste-Lucie.

Saint Lucia's Jazz in the South marks its 10th anniversary with the return of its main event to its birthplace. On Sunday 6 May 2007, beginning at 3:00PM, the community of Laborie will host a major free concert that will feature Mamay Lakay from Saint Lucia, veteran jazz pianist and composer Emerson Nurse, popular reggae band Prolifik, and Kali from Martinique. This show will take place at the Rudy John Beach Park.

Kali is one of the Caribbean’s most prominent artists, who blends traditional sounds with the modern rhythms of salsa, reggae and zouk. This is the second time that Kali will perform at Jazz in the South, as Saint Lucian audiences discovered him in 2001 when he appeared on the stage at Balenbouche, together with Haitian band Strings, Maurice Gordon from Jamaica and Monty Maxwell from Saint Lucia.

The second main public event of Jazz in the South will be held at St. Jude in Vieux Fort on Wednesday 9 May, and this will be an historic occasion for Laborie, as the newly formed Laborie Steel Band will stage its first public performance. Other performers on that day will include Charly Trio from Martinique and Nicole David from Saint Lucia.

Jazz in the South will this year also feature two master classes, both to be lead by Martinican percussionist Charles Labinsky. These will be held at the Jazz Campus (Campus B, Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School), one with students and the other with professional and amateur musicians, and they are made possible thanks to our collaboration with Alliance Française. All interested musicians are invited to contact Labowi Promotions at 455 9074 or Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser..

At the initiative of the management and staff of the Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School, the Jazz Campus will also host a free concert where a number of Saint Lucian musicians will perform for the students, and will involve full interaction between students and performers. The event, called JazEd, will held on Friday 4 May.

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