Expanded lineup set for third annual Saint Lucia Roots & Soul

Tickets have gone on sale for the third annual Saint Lucia Roots & Soul. The festival slated for August 23 to 25, 2019 follows Carnival on the Saint Lucia Summer Festival’s calendar and forms part of the schedule of activities set to continue the celebration of the island’s 40th anniversary of independence.

Saint Lucia Roots & Soul will kick off on Friday, August 23, at the new indoor venue The Ramp on Rodney Bay from 8:30 p.m., with a night of spoken word and music, showcasing Saint Lucian born poet, performer, educator and double recipient of Saint Lucia’s Outstanding Youth in Literary and Performing Arts Awards, Curmiah Lisette. The stage will also welcome other Saint Lucian artists, including soulful singer-songwriter of neo-soul, alternative, reggae and calypso genres, Naomie “Ngozi” Grandison who will set the stage for the uncontested homegrown Hip-Hop, Rap and R&B singer, Asher “Smallz” Small. Joining Asher on the Roots & Soul stage will be a talented cast of young Saint Lucians led by the prolific musician and arranger Danyl Daniel. The night will end on a high note with the awe-inspiring Trinidadian Rapso band, 3Canal.

Day two of the festival moves to the historic Pigeon Island National Landmark at 6:00 p.m. and will feature homegrown folk-rock band, Skip Monday opening for the flamboyant British pop superstar, Leee John who is proud of his Saint Lucian roots. Award-winning songwriter, producer and performer Nigerian superstar, Timaya will set the stage for provocative Reggae legend, Tarrus Riley featuring British singer-songwriter from West London, Estelle.

The final day of the festival will also be staged at the Pigeon Island National Landmark, starting at 4: 00 p.m. The event will kick off with Saint Lucian-Canadian jazz and R&B balladeer, the young, refreshingly pure yet soulful ZAMANI who will pave the way for Saint Lucian Sherwinn ‘Dupes’ Brice. The curtains will come down on the third annual Saint Lucia Roots & Soul with thrilling performances by R&B duo Ginuwine and Grammy Award Winner Mya, ahead of headline act UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro, arguably the most successful, ageless and timeless reggae group in the world.