SAINT LUCIA JAZZ AND ARTS FESTIVAL 2023 MARKS A TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO THE PIGEON ISLAND NATIONAL LANDMARK WITH KINGDOM NIGHT
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A spirited display marked the start of the first installment of mainstage events forming part of the 2023 Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival. The keenly anticipated live music festival saw the official return of the multi day event to the Pigeon Island National Landmark on Wednesday May 10th.
With attendees leaving little of the emerald, green lawn of the picturesque setting visible, ‘Kingdom Night’ brought together festival goers of varying ages, with the youngest members of the audience keeping company with more seasoned attendees. Swelling crowds followed the persistence of motorists, intent on gaining access to the gospel themed gathering.
Expressing jubilant satisfaction with the return of the long-anticipated event, patrons joined the chorus of voices extending words of praise and celebration alongside the opening act of national performers; Michelle John – Theobalds, Selma St. Prix, Shirley Ann Cyril- Mayers , Shem Melius, Special Blend and Total Praise.
The energetic Emrand Henry made a ‘fiery’ entrance to the event, igniting crowd response with a performance embracing sounds of vibrant reggae beats. A son of the soil, Henry first gained public acclaim as the first ever winner of Cable and Wireless’ ‘Star Quest.’ With a firm endorsement of the gospel centered event, in a nod to the night’s theme, the veteran performer celebrated the majesty of individuals present, and the wealth of artistic talent native to Saint Lucia’s shores.
In a rhythmic explosion of sound Nigerian artiste Sinach took to the stage, inviting a brilliant accompanying display from attendees. With voices ringing through the balmy night, those present echoed her passionately delivered spiritual affirmations, meeting ministry with tears and palms outstretched to the heavens. Shepherding what some described as a ‘moment of spiritual awakening’, Sinach’s performance built to a resounding crescendo, providing an opportune introduction to the final performer of the night.
With a soul stirring delivery of gospel classics, the vocal powerhouse and Gospel legend Cece Winans led the first execution of the 2023 mainstage event to a moving close, inviting cheers and applause from patrons.
After a three-year hiatus for the Jazz and Arts Festival – which previously held an unbroken streak of multi genre performances for some three decades – Kingdom Night marked a return to tradition, and the resumption of mainstage Jazz events, inviting increased anticipation for the many musical displays still to come.