Saint Lucia Roots and Soul Festival 2019
A celebration of Saint Lucian, Caribbean and international roots and soul music, with events in all parts of the country – a mix of free and paying concerts, educational activities targeted at Saint Lucian and visiting musicians, culminating on August 25, 2019, in a major concert at the Pigeon Island National Landmark.
Sherwinn ‘Dupes’ Brice
Saint Lucian – American singer Sherwinn ‘Dupes’ Brice is a songwriter whose music is heavily influenced by pop, reggae and R&B. Having already made a name for himself in his native country, Dupes is now focusing on bringing his own, catchy brand of music to the world. Showing command over multiple genres with an aptitude in mixing and matching genres, Dupes brings with him an experience that is very pleasurable to a listening audience.
For most of his music career, Dupes has been behind the music of various artists. At the start of 2013, he decided to shift focus to his solo music career and so we see the release of singles with music videos to accompany and the eventual release of his debut 5-track EP, ‘From Saint Lucia with Love’ on October 30th 2015.
This award-winning triple threat artist is impacting the Canadian East Coast music scene at the tender age of 17. Described as captivating, satiny-soulful and refreshingly pure, Zamani skillfully composes, produces, and performs a unique brand of R&B, Soul, Jazz and Pop. Hailing from a musical family, her mother an award-winning singer and songwriter and her father an award-winning smooth jazz guitarist, Zamani’s unique musical style reflects a variety of eclectic musical exposures. Greatly inspired by divas past and present, Zamani’s influences include the likes of: India Arie, Erykah Badu, Nina Simone, Betty Carter, Natalie Cole, Lalah Hathaway, Mariah Carey and Beyoncé.
Zamani’s first foray into performing began at age 13 with an invitation to perform at a popular gospel concert where she both surprised and wowed the audience with her mature sound. However, it was her debut jazz performance at the Halifax TD International Jazz Festival in 2016 that won her the praise of Jazz Festival headliner Sharon Jones of – Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. That performance earned her a spot on the African Nova Scotian Music Awards (ANSMA) and a host of other shows. In 2018 she was named co-recipient of the ANSMA Portia White Youth Music Award. That same year, award winning Montreal-based jazz vocalist Jeri Brown named Zamani a recipient of the Jongleur Youth Arts Performance Award.
The past calendar year established Zamani as one of Nova Scotia’s most promising emerging artists. Her local performance credits have stacked-up as she has taken to the stage of Jazz venues, soft seaters, house concerts, festival bandstands, concert halls and music industry showcase venues. She ended 2018 on a high-note capturing a lead role in the World premiere of Viola Desmond – The Musical.
Now with three single recordings recently released to Soundcloud, two music videos released to YouTube (“Switchin Lanes” and “Lush Life”) an R&B recording set for release in the summer 2019, along with a summer performance lineup that includes performances in Vancouver, Toronto, Holland (The New Skool Rules Festival) and St. Lucia (Roots and Soul Festival), Zamani is poised to make her international debut.
Ginuwine was one of R&B’s preeminent love men during the ’90s heyday of hip-hop soul. Initially teamed with Timbaland, the most innovative producer of the late ’90s, Ginuwine’s sultry, seductive crooning earned him a substantial female following and made him a regular presence on the R&B charts, even after the futuristic production he favored was eclipsed by the more organic, retro-leaning neo-soul movement.
With the strikingly inventive Timbaland behind the boards, Ginuwine cut his debut album, Ginuwine…The Bachelor, and released it later in 1996. “Pony” became a number one R&B smash, also reaching number six on the pop charts, and the album became an eventual double-platinum hit. It spun off several more R&B hits over the next year, including “Tell Me Do U Wanna,” “I’ll Do Anything/I’m Sorry,” “Holler,” and “Only When Ur Lonely”; it also featured an homage to one of Ginuwine’s main influences in the cover of Prince’s “When Doves Cry.” In the wake of the album’s success, demand for Timbaland’s production services exploded, and Ginuwine became a bona fide sex symbol. He toured heavily in support of The Bachelor, and kept his name in the public eye in 1998 with his hit “Same Ol’ G,” which was featured on the soundtrack to Eddie Murphy’s Dr. Doolittle. Late that year, he also made his acting debut on an episode of the CBS series Martial Law.
Washington, D.C.- native Mýa released her self-titled, double platinum, debut album, Mýa, in 1998. The album launched the then 18-year-old Mýa into the fabric of pop-culture. Mýa featured the massively successful singles “It’s All About Me,” “Movin On” and “My First Night With You” “Ghetto Superstar” & “Take Me There.” In 2000, Mýa released her second double platinum album, Fear of Flying, featuring the hits “Case of the Ex”, “Free” and “Best of Me.” In May 2001, Mýa collaborated with Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, P!nk and Missy Elliot on a remake of LaBelle’s “Lady Marmalade”, which is featured in Baz Luhrman’s “Moulin Rouge.” Selling over 5.5 million copies, it became the most successful airplay-only single in history and won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration and went on to collect numerous awards. In 2003, Mýa released her third studio album, the critically acclaimed, “Moodring”, featuring the hit singles including “My Love Is Like Wo” “Fallen” and the club circuit favorite, “Whatever Bitch.” “Moodring” also featured “Everything or Nothing”, the theme song for the 2004 video game James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing in which Mýa was featured as a Bond Girl, and “Real Compared to What” the 2003 Coca-Cola theme song, for whom Mýa was a spokesperson.
UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro
Named after a British unemployment benefit form, pop-reggae band UB40 was formed in a welfare line in 1978, and their multi-racial lineup reflected the working-class community their members came from. The band consolidated its street credibility with political topics appealing to dissatisfied youth, and got a boost from fans of the waning 2-Tone ska revival movement. Brothers Robin (lead guitar) and Ali Campbell (guitar, lead vocals) formed the centerpiece of the group, along with Earl Falconer, saxophonist Brian Travers, drummer James “Jimmy” Brown, and percussionist Norman Hassan. The group began gigging in 1979, scoring an opening gig with the Pretenders by the end of the year. By 1980, UB40 added keyboardist Michael (Mickey) Virtue and toaster Terence Wilson (aka Astro), rounding out their initial lineup.
UB40, featuring Ali and Astro have enjoyed lots of success with live touring and recorded music over the last five years, including top ten albums Silhouette and Unplugged and in 2018, they reached number two in the charts with the critically acclaimed, A Real Labour of Love. They continue to tour the world and sell out arenas and festivals. The band is currently preparing for the 2019 40th Anniversary arena tour starting in Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii before UK and Europe, which will then lead into a huge tour of the US.