March 23, 2010 – The Saint Lucia Tourist Board has announced that world renowned, Grammy-winning recording artistes NE-YO, Corinne Bailey Rae, Shaggy and Steel Pulse are set perform at the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival from May 1-9, 2010. Also joining the impressive musical line-up is 22-year old R&B singing sensation, Laura Izibor; the music of popular Cuban stars Eliades Ochoa and Amadito Valdes from Buena Vista Social Club; the electrifying Haitian kompa band T-Vice; reggae veteran Maxi Priest, along with singing greats Jeffrey Osborne, Freddie Jackson, and Saint Lucia’s own Teddyson John and Ronald “Boo” Hinkson. Saint Lucia Jazz, considered one of the leading music festivals in the Caribbean and the world, is marking its 19th anniversary this year. “Saint Lucia Jazz is a spirit-filled experience and we are so happy to add this year’s stars to the long list of international artistes who have previously graced the stage here like John Legend, George Benson, Patti LaBelle, Anita Baker and so many others,” said Saint Lucia’s Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Allen Chastanet. “We are ready to host travelers from all corners of the globe who come to Saint Lucia to experience our legendary spot in paradise,” he added. The rich dusky tones of jazz, sensual soul, cool calypso, reggae, kompa music and world rhythms gently fuse at this year’s Jazz Festival.
Saint Lucia Jazz is the premier music festival in the region and is rated fifth in the World. The Festival, which has attracted some of the biggest names in the music industry, will mark its 19th anniversary this year. For more on Saint Lucia Jazz, visit www.stluciajazz.org