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.
Saint Lucian band, Skip Monday, effectively combines bohemian vocals with acoustic/electric guitar, bass and drums. The foundation of their genre is unapologetically rock based with threads of blues, pop, r&b, funk and reggae thrown in for good measure.
Covering acts such as Adele, Alice Merton, Colbie Caillat, John Mayer, Clapton, Beatles, Hendrix, Pink Floyd and even Metallica and Nirvana, Skip Monday’s live repertoire is a blend of old and new school rock and pop acts that is as different and dynamic it is entertaining. Skip Monday has participated in several festivals over the years opening for the likes of Maxi Priest, Shaggy, Third World, Barrington Levy and Karen Briggs.
Skip Monday’s performance is entirely live (no synths, drum machines or keyboards for that matter) and their original material, the product of songwriting and arrangements developed over many moons, is seamlessly woven into their cover repertoire.
Inetimi Odon, popularly known as Timaya, is the acclaimed king of Afro-Soca music. Born in Bayelsa, Nigeria, Timaya’s music has transcended beyond his early beginnings in the south of Nigeria to all parts of the world. The certified hit maker has numerous multiplatinum hit singles, collaborations (including the remix of his hit single “Bum Bum” with Sean Paul) and 7 studio albums to his credit.
Timaya has successfully completed tours in Africa, North America, the Caribbeans, South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. With over 190 million views on YouTube and 2 million followers on social media, the style icon certainly has a strong fan base worldwide.
With a remarkable career spanning over 3 decades and with record sales in excess of over 30 million albums, LEEE JOHN and his group IMAGINATION released and successfully had so many amazing classic hits singles and platinum, gold and silver albums such as Body Talk, Just an Illusion, Flashback, Music, and Lights and Changes and many more presenting the perfect Brit Soul/Jazz/Funk songs and establishing their position as essential 80’s crossover hit-makers and an influence for future generations in the music industry. Even today the story of IMAGINATION’s music continues in the form of a long list of samples, remixes and adaptations by major contemporary stars such as The Pharcyde and Dimitri from Paris. Destiny’s Child sampled Just An illusion on their 1998 self -titled debut album produced by Wyclef Jean. Leee himself featured on DJ Dero’s 2005 rendition of the song which was widely played in clubs. Mariah Carey also recorded “Illusion” on her top ten single “Get Your Number”. Flashback was sampled by Boards of Canada, Music & Lights by Tiger & Woods and All-Night Loving by 88 Keys featuring Kanye West. It’s fair to say that founding member, lead singer and songwriter LEEE JOHN is one of the hardest working men in music, touring internationally both as LEEE JOHN of IMAGINATION and as LEEE JOHN in his ever-popular solo performances, showing his continuous diversity across multi genres from the pop stream, as well as his more classic presentation in the jazz world; none better reflecting this than with the release of his last critically acclaimed solo album, “Feel My Soul”.
With the ever-evolving music industry changes, LEEE JOHN has found his strengths and new challenges working with many different types of record producers, artists, and musicians on various projects. Furthermore, in the UK, LEEE JOHN is once again working his magic with a #2 UK garage record with Drum and Bass DJ, DJ Phantasy, teaming up with rapper Skibadee and UK group Rolldeep for the top club hit ‘RAVER “ with DJ Destruction. Also, LEEE has also been instrumental working recently with the legendary Mary Wilson of the Supremes on the top ten Billboard Dance Chart Hit, “Time 2 Move On” which he wrote, sang and produced.
The most enduring love stories often repeat themselves during different times, at different places, and in different people.
As Estelle built the framework for her fifth full-length and first album for the newly minted partnership between her own Established 1980 label and VP Records, Lover’s Rock, the multiplatinum GRAMMY® Award-winning UK singer, songwriter, actress, and humanitarian realized a pattern. Her own relationship experiences bore a subtle resemblance to those of her Senegalese mother and Grenadian father who “got together, had children, broke up, found each other again twenty years later, and happily married a decade after.”
Lover’s Rock wouldn’t just be a reprise of this love story though. By the same token, the music from her formative years reappeared in the album’s DNA as she rooted the record in the reggae and Afrobeat sounds of her childhood. She can vividly recall classics from Dennis Brown, Freddie McGregor, Pépé Kallé, Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, and more resounding in the house. Throughout her career, she carried a passion for these styles, bumping Vybz Kartel on the tour bus and sound tracking dinner parties at her Brooklyn pad with West Indies favorites.
As the vision for the music took shape, she tapped the talents of producers such as “Come Over” collaborator Supa Dups—who contributed four songs—Dre Harris, Reefa, and more to bring a cohesive vision to life.
Lover’s Rock represents a full circle moment for Estelle. On the heels of her acclaimed 2004 debut, The 18th Day, she soared to international prominence on 2008’s Shine. The lead single, “American Boy” featuring Kanye West, won a 2009 GRAMMY® in the category of “Best Rap Sung Collaboration” and achieved an RIAA double-platinum certification. She released the follow-up All of Me in 2012, and the single, “Thank You”, received a GRAMMY® nomination for “Best R&B Performance.” 2015’s True Romance yielded the smash “Conqueror.” Guest starring in a popular episode of Empire in Season One, she joined star Jussie Smollett for a duet of the tune. It stood out as “one of the show’s highest-charting songs” and fueled the Original Soundtrack to a #1 bow on the Billboard Top 200. Beyond Empire, she has cameoed in films such as Girls Trip and voiced lead character Garnet on Cartoon Network’s smash Steven Universe since 2013. Estelle has also launched her own online boutique named Elle Vie.
Simultaneously, she launched the All of Me foundation. The charity grants college scholarships and opportunities abroad to youth. Among many highlights, it sponsored a trip to Senegal for Los Angeles students who had never ventured outside of the city prior.
In the end, Lover’s Rock communicates a narrative that’s as universal as it is personal for Estelle as well as a love story for the ages.
“I want people to walk away with a feeling that love is possible,” she leaves off. “That’s why I’m sharing all of this. Hopefully, we all get that feeling.”