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.
“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.’