Jamaican Music

Beres Hammond draws the largest crowd at the 2015 St. Lucia Jazz and Arts festival

Written by Steve James

After two weeks of performances in different venues on the island, the St. Lucia Jazz and Arts festival came to an end on Sunday, May 10th. The event came to a close on the beautiful Pigeon Island. According to a St. Lucia Tourist Board representative the festival offered something for everyone. It provided a mixture of Jazz, Reggae, Pop, International and local music.

The festival is one of the Caribbean’s longest lasting music festival, having been a staple of music fans for twenty-four (24) years. As is the norm, thousands of patrons flocked the island for the experience, and were not disappointed.

Among the diverse group of performers were rapper Flo Rida, musical greats Arturo Tappin, Robin Thicke, Krosfyah and the legend, Jimmy Cliff. However, the Caribbean night which featured Beres Hammond turned out the largest crowd and according to the review of patrons, he was the highlight of the festival.

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About the Author
Steve James is a Freelance photographer/journalist and radio broadcaster.  His images have appeared in Billboard Magazine, The Jamaican GleanerBuzzz Magazine, The Jamaica Observer, and  Echoes Magazine (London) and CD covers. I also work with two of the largest reggae websites in the world, www.reggaeville.com and www.unitedreggae.com  , www.semiyah.com providing them with content such as images, articles, news and CD reviews.  He currently is the  host of a program called Real Rock on Bess FM that is aired both locally and online.  Additionally, he is a Director of JaRIA (Jamaica Reggae Industry Association) & head of its marketing subcommittee that stages Reggae Month annually in February.

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