The Roots and Soul Festival, part of the 2018 Soleil Saint Lucia Summer Festival, takes place in the north of the island between Friday 31st August and Sunday 2nd September. The line-up of Roots, Reggae and Soul artists is cosmopolitan including Saint Lucian and regional musicians, all the way through to international A-list names.
Friday 31st August, 7.30 pm Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa, Cap Estate
The opening night kicks off with a taste of home-grown talent: Saint Lucia’s Werner ‘Semi’ Francis whose appearances, especially with Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson at local resorts and at Big Chef Steakhouse in Rodney Bay, have impressed audiences. Then, down from the States, will be Indie R&B/soul singer Deva Mahal who was “born with the blues in her blood”.
Saturday 1st September, 6 pm Pigeon Island National Landmark
Saint Lucian Stacey Charles, who recently performed in the UK, sets the mood for an evening of great music. Next up will be dancehall artist Krys from Guadeloupe who has a strong following regionally and in France.
The island welcomes back Taj Weekes, the internationally renowned reggae musician, humanitarian and UNICEF Champion for Children who was born in Saint Lucia and is now based in the United States.
Gracing our shores will be Nigerian Yemi Alade who first found fame throughout Africa and has since shared the stage with international artists including Mary J. Blige.
The headline act on the Saturday night will be the Jamaican who has enjoyed decades of hits and worldwide popularity: Beenie Man.
Sunday 2nd September, 4 pm Pigeon Island National Landmark
Saint Lucian singing sensation Shayne Ross, known for his romantic ballads, will open the show. The next act will be Morning Sun & The Essentials featuring Saint Lucian-born Michel Aubertin and New Yorker Phil Grajko whose voices and instruments meld together when they play reggae.
Patrons will be delighted to hear Jamaican Romain Virgo who won the Digicel Rising Stars Competition in 2007 when just seventeen years old. He went on to fame throughout the Caribbean and beyond; his 2018 album Lovesick reached number one on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.
The festival organisers have secured major artists for the closing act: Ja Rule and Ashanti.
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