Press Release:-Popular St. Lucian calypsonian Ignatius ‘Invader’ Tisin is gearing up for his debut performance at the first ever Houston Afro Creole Music Festival.
The four-time calypso monarch and 7-time Road March champion expressed his excitement at being part of this new and culturally diverse event in the 4th largest city in the US.
“I am extremely excited and elated to have been invited to the firt edition of the Houston Afro creole festival. As the only St. Lucian act on the lineup I am ready to make my country proud.”
Invader says his set will comprise a fusion of creole and popular music highlighted in songs such as “Walk & Wine,” “Ma Popo,” and “Step.”
The veteran act has been on the calypso circuit for 30 years. He made history in 2010 when he won his 4th Calypso Monarch title 17 years after his last win. He was one of the first calypsonians to be inducted into the St. Lucia calypso hall of fame, and in 2001 received the St. Lucia Medal of Merit (SLMM) for his meritorious service towards the development of the performing arts in the island.
In October of 2008 he received the prestigious trustees award from the US-based International Soca Awards Organization. The following year TropicalFete.com gifted him with the Spirit of the Arts award for his 25-year contribution towards the development of the art of Soca and Calypso internationally.
Houston Afro Creole Music Fest spokesperson Jon Glen Bannis says Invader’s inclusion on the lineup was deliberate, as organisers felt compelled to represent St. Lucia and its creole heritage at the show.
“Houston and the neighbouring community of Baytown has a huge St. Lucian population. The event is being staged by Dominicans, and over the years the St. Lucian community has always supported our events; so we feel it’s a must to have one of your beloved entertainers representing at the show.”
Their goal is to bring together the diverse Houston community through music, art, food and culture. The team hopes in doing so, they will highlight the French/Creole Heritage which forms a core part of the Dominican and St. Lucian way of life.
“We want our culture to be more prominently featured in the Houston entertainment landscape and this platform is a means to introduce the diverse Houston community to our culture,” said Bannis.
The HACMF takes place at the Hobby Event Center in Houston on Saturday October 1st 2016 and will also feature Dominican Calypsonians Deryck ‘Hunter’ St. Rose and Murphy ‘Sye’ Jno. Jules as well as Houston-based Galaxy and Contagious Bands along with two Zydeco Bands and a host of djs. There will also be an activity in Baytown dubbed Creole on the Ranch which will feature several djs.
For more information on the Houston Afro Creole Music Festival please visit www.houstonafrocreolefest.com.