Organisers hail start of Roots and Soul festival

Organisers hail start of Roots and Soul festival

Saint Lucia’s first ever Roots and Soul festival under the Soleil brand got underway Saturday night at Pigeon Island national landmark.

The lineup of artists included Chrycee, Kayo, Fourth World and Christopher Martin.

Thomas Leonce, the CEO of the Events Company of Saint Lucia told the Times that he was satisfied with the event.

(Thomas Leonce)

“It has been going very well. I personally have seen artists performed on stage today which I had not witnessed before on a big stage – some of the names you have been hearing for a while – I think it is good that they have this platform given to them to showcase their talent on a big stage – in a big production,” Leonce said.

He explained that the idea behind the series of festivals that have been put together is to allow artists to get their time in the limelight.

Leonce suggested that the genre of music at the event probably had more mass appeal than jazz.

He made the comments in response to assertions that the Roots and Soul initiative appeared to have a greater crowd appeal than jazz.

“Saint Lucians have a love affair with reggae music and of course R&B – soul type music, more so than straight ahead jazz so that would explain why the crowd is a bit thicker than what would obtain for jazz,” Leonce explained.

In regard to improvements to the show, he said there could perhaps be more acts on Saturday.

“I think five would be the optimum instead of four,” Leonce stated.

He also spoke of the possibility of relocating the festival to another time in the year.

“ This  event is part of the carnival season, so people may be looking at budgeting what they spend – putting money aside for a carnival costume or carnival shows as opposed to this event,” the Events Company CEO said.

The  Roots and Soul festival continues Sunday with a line up featuring Dianna Philip, Rob Zii Taylor and Phyness, Musiq Soulchild and Etana.

Leonce expressed the view that the Sunday event will be ‘fantastic.’

9 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    June 18, 2017 at 9:18 am Reply

    I must say hands off to the orgonisaors fastastic show last nite wow wow wow three big wows for you’ll oh what a night I’m still singing away common my people this is an experience you don’t want to miss everything was just right oh what a night and today is gonna be another block buster event oh how happy I feel to know that this event is gonna get so big

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  4. Anonymous
    June 18, 2017 at 11:52 am Reply

    Sounds like Mr.Leonce is admitting to a total flop of the Roots and Soul Festival.

  5. sharon terrell
    June 18, 2017 at 12:06 pm Reply

    GREAT NEWS,WONDERFUL.

  6. Anonymous
    June 18, 2017 at 1:28 pm Reply

    SURE. BUT I WISH TO KNOW THE SMART PERSON WHO PLACED THIS EVENT IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR MAIN CULTURAL SHOWPIECE. COULDN’T THIS EVENT BE PLACED ON AUGUST 1ST? EMANCIPATION DAY?
    THE MORE THINGS CHANGE THE MORE THEY REMAIN THE SAME. THATS JUST DISRESPECT TO THE ENTIRE CARNIVAL FRATERNITY.

    1. Sad but true
      June 18, 2017 at 7:54 pm Reply

      Shot up cultural show piece? You kidding me. Change you can’t swallow.

  7. Febert
    June 19, 2017 at 6:42 am Reply

    That ceo is clueless!!! Always looks high.

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