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.
Curmiah Lisette is a Saint Lucia-born, London-raised poet, performer and educator. She is a double recipient of Saint Lucia’s Outstanding Youth in Literary and Performing Arts Awards and a former student on the MA Creative Writing and Education programme at Goldsmiths University. Curmiah’s multi-disciplinary creative talents have seen her perform as a dancer on numerous cultural stages in Trinidad, Europe, the US and Nigeria as part of her creative collective, ‘Make Life Magnificent’. Curmiah has had her poetic short films screened in film festivals across Europe, the US and the Caribbean. Much of her work merges art forms to draw on giving a voice to the Caribbean and British-Caribbean black female narrative. Her debut collection of poems and short stories, Chronicles of a Caribbean Bad Gyal inna London, is set for official release in Jan 2020.
Naomie’s musical talents are diverse. She weaves her soul truths in neo-soul, alternative, reggae and calypso genres. She released her EP album, “Selections” in 2013, an album which features six tracks reflecting Naomie’s introspective nature and depth of connection with God, nature, self, emotion and people.
Her messages and her music shed some light on her adoption of her stage name – Ngozi, – which aptly means “blessing”, because she sees her gift of music and an innate wisdom about life as a gift and a blessing to be shared. Song writing is as therapeutic for the artiste as it is inspirational for her audiences. Her most meaningful measure of success is the extent to which her lyrics, themes and music connect with her audiences.