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!)
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.
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.
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!
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.
Although Saint Lucia’s biggest music festival does not begin until April 30, event organisers Saint Lucia Tourist Board have wasted no time! All ticketed events are on sale online right now! Prices this year will attract VAT of 15%, however they are otherwise unchanged. Unfortunately, only single event tickets are available at this time, hopefully season passes will be available at a later date. Check out the full schedule for St. Lucia Jazz 2013. The folks running the Facebook page do not seem to have updated with 2013 information, but hopefully they will become active soon.
Saint Lucian crooner Shayne Ross caused a stir on the local music scene when he released his latest single “Love You Better” on St. Valentine’s Day this year. This sweet, simple love song’s catchy melodies will have you singing along on your very first listen. Earlier today on Facebook Shayne promised that he would be releasing a download link shortly, so of course Island Scene will be letting everyone know as soon as it happens! Be sure to like, follow, or subscribe below so you don’t miss out!
By now, every St. Lucian under the sun has to have heard Mongstar’s mega-hit about national pride, which was released ahead of Saint Lucia’s 2012 Independence Celebrations. For 2013, Mongstar teamed up with A.C.I.D. Kreations (whose photography was featured by us a few days ago!) to produce an official music video for the track. And it is spectacular! Continue reading
Michael Robinson is a young St. Lucian singer with a silky-smooth voice. Although relatively new on the scene, his work already shows the signs of unmistakable quality. His latest effort, a R&B ballad featuring Halifax-based St. Lucian born rap sensation Kayo, is wonderfully crisp and perfectly suited for adding to your easy-listening rotation. Give it a listen, then go download it for FREE on SoundCloud!
(updated March 1, 2013)