Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Ne-Yo "So Sick" ~ St. Lucia Jazz Fest Features Grammy Winning Line Up May 1 - May 9th

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Saint Lucia Tourist Board has announced that world renowned, Grammy-winning recording artistes Ne-Yo, Corinne Bailey Rae, Shaggy and Steel Pulse are set to perform at the destination's premiere festival from May 1 - 9, 2010.

Also joining the impressive musical line-up for Saint Lucia Jazz is 22-year old R&B singing sensation, Laura Izibor; the music of popular Cuban ensemble Buena Vista Social Club; the electrifying Haitian kompa band T-Vice; reggae veteran Maxi Priest, along with singing greats Jeffrey Osborne, Freddie Jackson, and Saint Lucia's own Teddyson John and Ronald "Boo" Hinkson.

Saint Lucia Jazz, considered one of the leading music festivals in the Caribbean and the world, is marking its 19th anniversary this year.

"Saint Lucia Jazz is a spirit-filled experience and we are so happy to add this year's stars to the long list of international artistes who have previously graced the stage here like John Legend, George Benson, Patti LaBelle, Anita Baker and so many others," said Saint Lucia's Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Allen Chastanet. "We are ready to host travelers from all corners of the globe who come to Saint Lucia to experience our legendary spot in paradise," he added.

The rich dusky tones of jazz, sensual soul, cool calypso, reggae, kompa music and world rhythms gently fuse at Saint Lucia Jazz which features some of the greatest artistes in the music industry.

Saint Lucia Jazz schedule highlights include:

Wednesday, May 5: Fresh on the scene and described as one of Rolling Stone Magazine's "Artists to Watch", Irish singing sensation Laura Izibor raises the standard with her self-taught piano skills and sensual vocals. Izibor's vocals have been compared to greats like Aretha Franklin and Alicia Keys and her writing to that of Carole King and Joan Armatrading. She will perform at Gaiety in Rodney Bay, the island's epicenter of musical entertainment, featuring local clubs, lounges and restaurants. Laura Izibor will appear on the same stage as renowned guitarist Earl Klugh, who returns to Saint Lucia Jazz after five years; and the Saint Lucia School of Music Jazz Band (Black Ants), a group of young and extremely gifted music students whose repertoire consists of swing, funk, reggae, calypso, salsa, bossa-nova, and other genres.

Thursday, May 6: After a very successful U.S. tour in November, Jean-Luc Ponty, a pioneer and undisputed master of violin in the arena of jazz and rock, is poised to light up the stage at Gaiety. Born in France into a family of classical musicians, Ponty, who has collaborated with the likes of Sir Elton John, has recorded numerous albums which have reached the Top 5 on the Billboard jazz charts and sold millions of copies. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin to expand the vocabulary of modern music.

Friday, May 7: Three-time R&B Grammy winner Ne-Yo, who has had several Top 10 songs and albums on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard 200 respectively, is preparing for a show stopping performance, which will undoubtedly feature hits "Because of You", "Closer" and "Miss Independent."

Saturday, May 8: Having just released her new and popular album, The Sea, British-born singer Corinne Bailey Rae, who won an Album of the Year Grammy, is gearing up to entertain with new hits as well as chart topping favorites like "Put Your Records On" and "Like a Star".

Sunday, May 9: The eclectic sounds of crooners Jeffrey Osborne, Freddie Jackson, Phil Perry and Howard Hewett will caress the souls of Pigeon Island patrons, before Jamaican and Caribbean music greats Maxi Priest and Shaggy bring Saint Lucia Jazz to an upbeat and memorable conclusion with their incredible repertoire of hits.

Saint Lucia Jazz 2010 will feature a dynamic line-up of other world class musicians, including the young and gifted bassist and vocalist, Esperanza Spalding, and talented African musician Dobet Gnahoré from Côte d'Ivoire.

Has the tropical vacations bug bit you? Are you on the lookout for an unusual and a distinctive island vacation very different from the usual haunts? If your answer is yes, then Saint Lucia Island is just the place for you. Make this island your next holiday destination, and experience a vacation you will not forget.

About The Island

Tucked in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary of Atlantic Ocean, Saint Lucia is one of the Windward Islands named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse, a 3rd century Christian martyr venerated by both Catholic and Orthodox Christians. Saint Lucy is a volcanic island more mountainous than most of the other Caribbean Islands.

The highest point in this island is Mt.Gimie more than 3000 feet above sea level. The most important feature of is, it is one of the very few islands in the world having a drive-in volcano. Besides you also have botanical gardens, rain forests and national parks to make this place a complete tropical island resort.

Reaching The Place

Planning tropical vacations to Saint Lucia Island is quite convenient. For Americans there are daily air services from Miami and Atlanta. The major two airports on the Island are Hewanorra International Airport at Vieux Fort located 40 miles south of Castries and George F.L.Charles Airport on a coastline near Castries.

Island Activities

Saint Lucia Island will not disappoint you. This island is a haven for fun lovers. Activities you can indulge in are a legion.

Deep Sea Fishing. This island is home to some of the best deep sea fishing in the world. For big game fishing enthusiasts Saint Lucia is a dream. King Mackerel, barracuda, kingfish, sailfish, and the legendary white marlin are some of the species that can be your prized catch.

Yachting. You can make yachting an unforgettable experience in Saint Lucia. Charter yachts and small sail boats at Rodney Bay Marina and Marigot Bay and navigate in the crystal clear waters. You have Caribbean Sea on one side and Atlantic Ocean on the other. No wonder thisserves as a hub to one of the best yachting experiences in the world.

Trekking In Rain forests. Deep interiors of Saint Lucia, almost 1800 feet above sea level are home to nearly 19000 acres of rain forest having 29 miles of exciting trails. Indulge yourself in a tropical atmosphere that you will love. You can sight elusive parrots' squawking among lovely orchids, get to see hummingbirds near heliconia and wonder at the tall trees peculiar to this tropical island.

Experiencing The Volcano. Also called Saint Lucia sulphur springs; this unique island is quite popular for the supposedly therapeutic qualities of its sulfur bath. Be a little adventurous and give it a try.

Enjoying The Carnival. It is home to one of the most exciting carnival celebrations in Caribbean. Come and be a part of it. Thrill to the tunes of coca and calypso. Music, song, dance, theatre and costumes, you name it and Saint Lucia has it all.

Then there is no dearth of the regular stuff tropical vacations are made of. Health and fitness centers, a vibrant night life, land sports and golf you have just about everything to make your holiday a winner.

Do not delay. Put Saint Lucia on top of your agenda of tropical vacations.

Saint Lucia Island is really a beautiful place if you are planning for a tropical vacation.

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