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.

National Arts Festival: Artreach Updates

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Saint Lucia’s National Arts Festival has been running since February 20th, with events continuing until April 7th. This year, the Cultural Development Foundation decided to decentralize the celebrations into the communities. This was done in hopes of expanding  public participation in and access to the events on the schedule.

Early signs indicate that this strategy has been somewhat successful. Community Festivals have been held in Soufriere and Vieux-Fort, with more to come around the island. This weekend, the festivities continue – check out the schedule below:

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St. Lucia’s Time to Shine? Simon Cowell launches global YouTube talent search!

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This one could be what St. Lucia has been waiting for! We all know that our tiny 238 square mile piece of heaven is chock full of the most beautiful and talented people on the planet. Now is our chance to show the world what we’ve got!


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Island Music Friday: Love You Better (Shayne Ross)

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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!

Island Music Friday: St. Lucia we Love (Mongstar) [Official Music Video]

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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