Anse La Raye Jazz comes to 23rd Saint Lu­cia Jazz & Arts Fes­ti­val

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

For the first time in its 23-year his­tory the Saint Lu­cia Jazz and Arts Fes­ti­val will see the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the fish­ing com­mu­nity of Anse La Raye with a for­mi­da­ble lineup of lo­cal acts that prom­ises to marry per­fectly with the seafood twist for which the com­mu­nity has be­come known.

Al­bert Joseph, Pres­i­dent of the Anse La Raye Ven­dors As­so­ci­a­tion – the or­ga­niz­ing team be­hind the in­au­gu­ral event – said the un­der­tak­ing comes in part­ner­ship with the Saint Lu­cia Tourist Board and Caribbean Pre­mier League. “We are re­ally ex­cited to bring the Saint Lu­cia Jazz Fes­ti­val to Anse La Raye and we are very pleased to have the sup­port of the Tourist Board and other part­ners at this in­au­gu­ral stage,” Joseph said.

The Anse La Raye play­ing field will serve as the home for the in­au­gu­ral fes­ti­val dubbed “Rhythms of the West – Anse La Raye Jazz” on May 3, 2015. Anse La Raye has a rich cul­ture in mu­sic and arts with Mrs Petron­ila Deter­ville play­ing a sig­nif­i­cant role in the mu­si­cal his­tory of both the com­mu­nity and na­tion.

“We be­lieve Mrs Deter­ville, who died in 2010, would be proud of this dream ac­tu­ally com­ing to fruition. We have come a long way in the arena of mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment in the com­mu­nity and we are ex­cited to share this cul­ture in this for­mat with Saint Lu­cians and vis­i­tors,” Joseph said.

Head­lin­ing this highly an­tic­i­pated mu­si­cal spec­ta­cle will be Ricky-T, In­vader and the Over­drive Band, West Coast Band from Anse La Raye and Youth on Fire Min­istry, among oth­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to Joseph, there is a strong em­pha­sis in pro­mot­ing lo­cal tal­ent in this first fes­ti­val as part of ef­forts to re­in­force and reem­pha­size the tal­ent that is Saint Lu­cian.

The show starts promptly at 4:00pm and tick­ets are priced at EC$30 in ad­vance (EC$35 at the gate) and are avail­able from any mem­ber of the Anse La Raye Ven­dors As­so­ci­a­tion.

The fish­ing vil­lage of Anse La Raye will host jazz for the first time.

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