Independent Senator, Berthia Parle, has suggested that organizers of the annual Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival conduct surveys to find out what the people want.
At the same time she described this year’s Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival as having been “incredible.”
“The acts were very good,” Parle said, adding that the shows were well attended.
She believed that the crowd on Sunday was the largest ever, while Saturday’s show was the best ever.
Parle, a former President of the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA), was responding to questions from reporters.
She was asked what changes she would recommend to ensure that the Jazz Festival would continue for another twenty-five years.
“I think you have people selecting the artistes based on the artiste’s popularity but they have to be careful,” Parle cautioned.
In this regard she made specific mention of American singer, record producer, actor and television producer, Marc Anthony, who performed at this year’s Jazz and Arts festival as the headliner.
Parle said some people were disappointed with the performer.
“I thought he would have done more English songs than Spanish,” the well-known local hotelier asserted.
She spoke of the need for Jazz Festival organizers to examine the artistes they invite, scrutinize their repertoire and find out what the people want.
In the case of Marc Anthony, Parle expressed the view that he could have been spoken to about doing more English songs.
She observed that the group – Kassav, has been here several times and has always been a hit.
“There must be a reason for that,” Parle declared.