RHYTHM AND TONES
S o it’s the national day holiday (December 13) and I thought I would compile a top five of songs celebrating the beauty and majesty and all that we are proud of about Saint Lucia. And there is still a lot for us to be proud of when it comes to Saint Lucia, including our two Nobel laureates, Sir Arthur Lewis and Derek Walcott, our twin Pitons, drive-in volcano, beaches, foliage and scenery. Even our ability to speak Kweyol (some of us that is), is something to celebrate.
In more recent times our national pride has been restored with the successes of persons like Chef Nina Compton on the international stage while sons and daughters like Dunstan St. Omer, Dr. Stephen King, Dr. Parris and young leaders like Louise Victor and Laurah John continue to give us hope. But for now its about our music, our songs, the ones that we keep on singing about this beautiful isle called Saint Lucia. 10. Sent Lisi Sé an Joli Péyi, Frank Norville - A pioneer in Folk music, this one is a creole gem from Frank Norville. 9. I love this land where I was born, Cecilian Rayes -This group from Anse La Raye has sang of the beauty of Fair Helen for decades. 8. Belle Nou Belle, Reasons - Lead singer Robbi upped the tempo on this Soca - Zouk number on the beauty of his homeland and its people. 7. Blue, White, Black, Yellow, Emrand Henry - Singing this one with much gusto Emrand Henry uses the colours of the national flag to signal his national pride. 6. Nationality, Mongstar -This is Mongstar’s follow up to Saint Lucia We Love stamping his true identity with pride. 5. Saint Lucia, Cecilian Rayes - A folk song lullaby for country. 4. That Beautiful Isle, Frank Norville - Fond memories of singing this one at school. 3. Saint Lucia We Love, Mongstar - For a younger generation Mongstar instilled in them renewed national pride when he released this Socarized national song recently. 2. Saint Lucia Unite, Sandra Lorde - A patriotic released in the 80’s after the island gained independence in 1979. It calls on Saint Lucians at home and abroad to come together, 1. Beautiful Isle, Hewanorra Voices -This song could have easily been a second national anthem, if ever there was such a thing. The choral singing is wonderful as the song captures the beauty of the land in the first verse, the distinguished sons and daughters in the second and love for country as a Saint Lucian wherever we may go. It ends with a call for wisdom to guide our hearts and minds as we carry out our progressive plans and cries out for our leaders to always be upright.