Soleil Summer Festival appeals to range of tastes

The Roots and Soul Festival is popular among French Caribbean visitors with a penchant for reggae.

The Roots and Soul Festival is the second of several cultural and artistic events under Soleil, the Saint Lucia Summer Festival, that spans the months of May to November.

The two-day Roots and Soul Festival will be staged at the Pigeon Island National Landmark targeting lovers of reggae, hip-hop, Afropunk and R&B.

Chief Executive Officer of Events Saint Lucia Inc., Thomas Leonce, disclosed the line-up for the June festival.

“We have on Saturday, Forth World Band, Christopher Martin who is the headline act, and Crissy featuring Dynamics Band.

“On Sunday Etana headlines, we have Musiq Soulchild, and we also have Kayo performing, so quite a lot of local acts will be performing for the Roots and Soul Festival, supporting our international artistes. Rob Zii Taylor and Finesse will be there as well. We are leaving space for fringe events, so private promoters in the same format as has been done for jazz, in the week leading up to the festival can stage their own events.”

The summer festival series of events, Mr Leonce said, are designed to attract varied audiences locally, regionally, and internationally.

“The jazz festival appeals to the African American visitor or African American person living in the US primarily, sourcing mainly from the northeast United States, which is a traditional market for Saint Lucia. The Roots and Soul festival will be more appealing to the region. The French Caribbean people, although most of the reggae songs are sung in English, have a love for reggae. Carnival appeals to the diaspora, the Saint Lucian diaspora in the US. The Food and Rum Festival will appeal to persons who want to come for a culinary experience, so it varies.”

More information about the Roots and Soul Festival and Soleil can be found at Tickets to the Roots and Soul festival cost EC$100, and can also be purchased for the early bird price of EC$75.

The Roots and Soul festival is slated for June 17 and 18.


  1. Anonymous
    May 26, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    This government is on a path to destroy the St.Lucian culture… This is calypso time and they are promoting all types of other activities….. What a ting !!!!!!

    1. Anonymous
      May 26, 2017 at 11:07 pm

      That is because they want to have a set of festivals that eh making sense, except to make our people spend all the little money they have, after the banks are already taking $2.00 from our accounts every month. And then the same Government turns round and say we have too many holidays and that some of these holidays must go in order to improve productivity. But how can we improve productivity when we have all these distractions until the end of the year , which is Christmas time? I pity members of the public who need to receive urgent services from Public Servants. Already, Public Servants have been generally slow and bureaucratic. Now, those of them who will be attending all of these fetes will simply postpone what they have to do, until the party is over. Oh, Oh, but I forgot! Just as soon as one party is over, another begins ! And that is the scenario until November, to be followed immediately by December 13, and Christmas. Did someone say productivity? And I eh even talking about the regular weekend parties from Friday night. But , this is Saint Lucia where we are happy and unproductive.

    2. Anonymous
      May 27, 2017 at 7:27 am

      Wasn’t Calypso time in February at one point? Things change. Embrace it.

      1. Anonymous
        May 27, 2017 at 3:25 pm

        Of course I embrace it. But we never had so many state sponsored fetes before. Don’t you see a contradiction in the fact that the Government is calling for more productivity while, at the same time, officially organising fetes for us for the ENTIRE year? Do you understand the kind of impact all of these state sponsored festivals, coming one after the other in quick succession, will have on our productivity levels? Well, since you like to embrace change for the sake of change, why don’t you start dressing up in your underwear alone and walk to the city? What’s wrong with that? This is a change, and there is no law that says that you must be fully clothed in order to walk to the city. So keep on changing. Just change. Do it just for fun, like the carnival band.

    3. wow
      May 27, 2017 at 8:53 am

      CALYPSO time. So what happen to some of us who have absolutely no interest in calypso. This calypso thing just always about politics. Frankly I used to like it but when all those guys wanna sing about is politics I ain’t wanna hear it. So the positive reggae vibezz form Chris Martin and local musicians is not such a bad idea. There are other local artist other than the calypsonians

      1. Anonymous
        May 27, 2017 at 10:13 pm

        Both political parties sponsor calypsonians. That is why the songs are so political and full of mepris. There are a few established writers around to make sure they play a part for the party they favour. We all know them , but we let bygones be bygones because we are certain that all of these writers and the calypsonians for whom they write, cannot overcome the will of the people. All they are doing is spread hatred, discord and division, all in the name of freedom of speech ( or freedom of song, for that matter).