Monchy set to host Jazz

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Mu­sic, cul­ture and her­itage en­thu­si­asts are to be thrilled again when the Monchy Mizik En Kweyol (MMEK) Com­mit­tee presents on Tues­day May 5th its an­nual jazz sta­ple “Monchy: Mizik En Kwéyòl”.

The event was con­cep­tu­al­ized in 2012 with an aim to pro­mote lo­cal artistes and fa­cil­i­tate the par­tic­i­pa­tion of in­dige­nous mu­si­cal en­sem­bles dur­ing the very popular Saint Lu­cia Jazz Fes­ti­val (now re­branded the Saint Lu­cia Jazz and Arts Fes­ti­val). In ad­di­tion, the or­ga­niz­ers en­deav­ored to stim­u­late lo­cal eco­nomic devel­op­ment in the com­mu­nity of Monchy by en­cour­ag­ing ven­dors to cap­i­tal­ize on the event by of­fer­ing their goods and ser­vices to the public.

Con­firmed acts for 2015 in­clude The Royal Saint Lu­cia Po­lice Band, a band graced with Saint Lu­cia’s most tal­ented mu­si­cians and known for hav­ing an in­ex­haustible reper­toire of mu­sic; The Se­cret Band, a folk band from La Bourne, Monchy ac­claimed as the best solo group on the is­land; Avot Servis, a lo­cal band pro­duc­ing a com­bi­na­tion of folk, re­gional and in­ter­na­tional blends per­formed in a sweet mix­ture of English and Kweyol; and The In­vader, Saint Lu­cia’s mul­ti­ple ca­lypso monarch who will be per­form­ing his com­plete Cre­ole reper­toire.

Head­lin­ing the event will be the Derek Yarde Project (DYP), a lo­cal band known for its per­fect ren­di­tions of ca­lypso, zouk, cadence, etc.

Mean­time two other artistes com­plete the Monchy lineup this year, namely Olivia, a young and en­er­getic artiste seek­ing to make her mark on Saint Lu­cia’s mu­si­cal land­scape, and tra­di­tional folk group Man­may La Kay.

All in all, the ob­jec­tive of the event is to share in the spirit of the Saint Lu­cia Jazz and Arts Fes­ti­val, pro­mote ethno-mu­si­cal­ity and con­trib­ute to the over­all di­ver­sity of the fes­ti­val through greater lo­cal com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion. The event has been branded a cul­tural show­case of tra­di­tional mu­sic, dance, art and food.

From in­cep­tion, mem­bers of the com­mu­nity have been in­volved in the vi­sion for the event and are again be­ing asked to par­tic­i­pate in and con­trib­ute to the devel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion of the show. The in­au­gu­ral show took place on 8th May, 2012 at the Monchy Square. This year’s event will be held on Tues­day 5th May, 2015 in the cen­tre of Monchy at 7:00pm.

Gold Spon­sor for the event is Dig­i­cel - Be Ex­tra­or­di­nary. Sil­ver Spon­sors are the Saint Lu­cia Tourist Board, Bounty Rum, Du Boulay’s Bot­tling Com­pany - agents for Co­caCola. Other spon­sors in­clude In­vest St. Lu­cia, Pi­ton Beer, Domino’s Pizza, 1st Na­tional Bank (St. Lu­cia) Ltd., Michel’s Elec­tri­cal, and Power Plus Sound Sys­tem. To­ken Spon­sors in­clude Tomty North­ern Tool Rental and Rayneau’s Hard­ware.

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