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We haven’t stopped posting about all the awesome goings-on in Saint Lucia, the Helen of the West. We’ve moved to our own hosting, and we want you to come with us! Visit our new site and subscribe to our blog there, or you can sign up for daily or weekly email digests.

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We’ve moved!

That’s right, everyone! We’ve made the move to brand spanking new hosting servers. Update your bookmarks – we’re now at http://islandscene758.com. So far everything looks like it’s been successfully migrated, but we ask your patience over the next few days as we settle in.

If you encounter any problems navigating our new site, please – let us know!

Over the next few weeks look out for new features and content with the same island flavour. So let your friends know – the party’s always on at Island Scene 758!

Weekend Treat: Playlist

Island Music Fridays always makes me so fired up – there’re always a million awesome songs I want to share and just not enough time!

So this weekend while Island Scene 758 takes a breath, you can gorge yourself on a whopping 100+ Lucian Soca songs! Let the sweet soca melodies provide the soundtrack to your weekend. See you on Monday for another week of the Island Scene!

(Thanks to Youtube user stluciancarnival for the playlist!)

Island Scene Weekend Roundup – 8 March 2013

weekendroundupAnother Friday has rolled around again, and it’s time for the weekend! Here’s the deal on what’s going on this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in St. Lucia. Did we miss anything? Submit a tip and let us know! You can also message Island Scene 758 on Facebook and Twitter to give us the heads up on your event or activity! Read onwards for the schedule: Continue reading

Island Music Friday: Wi, Ca Vwey (Sesenne Descartes)

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Before we begin, Island Scene 758 must give advance apologies for the mangled Kweyol in the title!

We are confident that if you conducted a survey which included every single St. Lucian over the age of 5 (all ~175,000 of us), it would be difficult to find anybody who did NOT know who Sesenne was. The Grande Dame of cultural music on the island, Sesenne was St. Lucia’s greatest chantwelle. Her signature vocals provided the soundtrack to our cultural celebrations year after year, until it is almost impossible to think of La Woz, La Marguerite, or Jounen Kweyol without thinking of Sesenne. A cherished national heroine, St. Lucia suffered a great loss upon Sesenne’s passing in 2010.

Island Music Friday: Why (Barbara Cadet)

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Barbara Cadet is a powerhouse in Saint Lucian Music. With 3 CDs under her belt, this jazz songstress has been refining her art for over 20 years. Singer, songwriter, musician, and teacher, Barbara has either worked with, influenced or taught the vast majority of people in the St. Lucia music scene today. She has performed all over the world, as well as at numerous iterations of St. Lucia’s very own Jazz Festival. After listening to this one, check out the rest of her music on her official MySpace page.

Island Music Friday: Parle Parle (Q-Pid)

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Even though this one doesn’t have a video, this was such a fantastic song we just had to include it in this week’s women-focused Island Music Friday. Q-Pid has been making waves on the local and regional soca scene since 2003. With great melodies, infectious beats, and singable lyrics, Melissa Moses is one of the most anticipated artists every Carnival Season. Turn up your volume, get up from your desk, and dance to this one again and again!

Island Music Friday: Safe Again (Elra Ermay)

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St. Lucians have been loving Elra’s angelic voice since her early days in the St. Joseph’s Convent choir. Since then, Elra’s name and voice have become recognisable islandwide. Elra has also performed internationally, and was recently a finalist in a Caribbean-wide Star Search competition. Find more of her music here.