Thursday, April 24, 2008

John Legend and Billy Ocean Kick Off St. Kitts Music Festival Launch In New York

Over fifty press officials were gathered on the 64th floor of the prestigious 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on Thursday, April 17 for the official launch of the twelfth staging of the St. Kitts Music Festival. Senator Ricky Skerritt, Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism, Sports & Culture, along with Unoma Allen, Corporate Communications Manager for the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Allister Williams, Executive Director of the St. Kitts Music Festival and Faron Lawrence, Chairman of the St. Kitts Music Festival, announced the line-up for the annually anticipated event.

As Minister Skerritt began his remarks with a brief summary of the Festival’s history, unique positioning and cultural significance, he was interrupted by a ringing phone. John Legend, the headlining act for this year’s Festival was calling in to talk to the media gathered.

Billy Ocean“It is an honor to be chosen as a role model and headlining the St. Kitts Music Festival during their 25th year of St. Kitts Independence,” said Legend. At noon, a call-in from musical star Billy Ocean further delighted the crowd. To a request from the floor, Billy Ocean sang a line from his hit single Caribbean Queen, while the media sang along and clapped. He stated that he is looking forward to being in touch with his Caribbean roots and being on stage at the Festival. In addition to calling into the press conference, both John Legend and Billy Ocean had pre-recorded short video spots promoting their upcoming performances which played on a large 7.5’x10’-foot screen.

Allister Williams, Executive Director of the Music Festival announced the artistes who have been confirmed to perform at the Festival and the line-up of performers for each of the three nights, Thursday June 26 through Friday June 28. The artists announced included Grammy Award Winning artistes John Legend and Billy Ocean along with leading Zouk musical act Kassav, the Paul Peress Project, Russel Tompkins Jr. and the New Stylistics, Calypso Rose, Nu Vybes Band International. Additional acts will be announced closer to the date of the event.

The St. Kitts Music Festival has become a well-established Caribbean and International event attracting international visitors as well as locals with a mix of musical styles on the popular market, including R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Gospel and Contemporary music while reflecting a uniquely Caribbean flavour.

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