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A spirited display marked the beginning of the primary installment of mainstage events forming a part of the 2023 Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival.
The keenly anticipated live music festival saw the official return of the multi day event to the Pigeon Island National Landmark on Wednesday May tenth.
With attendees leaving little of the emerald, green lawn of the picturesque setting visible, ‘Kingdom Night’ brought together festival goers of various ages, with the youngest members of the audience keeping company with more seasoned attendees.
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Swelling crowds followed the persistence of motorists intent on getting access to the gospel themed gathering.
Expressing jubilant satisfaction with the return of the long-anticipated event, patrons joined the chorus of voices extending words of praise and celebration alongside the opening act of national performers; Michelle John – Theobalds, Selma St. Prix, Shirley Ann Cyril- Mayers , Shem Melius, Special Mix and Total Praise.
In a display of choral excellence, artistes secured the eye of the bustling crowd, delivering a medley of musical hits, in harmonious accord.
The talented ensemble further cemented their command of what festival attendees proclaimed because the “international stage” erected on the Pigeon Island National Landmark, inviting rousing welcome to crowd favorites.
The energetic Emrand Henry made a ‘fiery’ entrance to the event, igniting crowd response with a performance embracing sounds of vibrant reggae beats.
A son of the soil, Henry first gained public acclaim as the primary ever winner of Cable and Wireless’ ‘Star Quest.’
With a firm endorsement of the gospel centered event, in a nod to the night’s theme, the veteran performer celebrated the majesty of people present, and the wealth of artistic talent native to Saint Lucia’s shores.
In a rhythmic explosion of sound Nigerian artiste Sinach took to the stage, inviting a superb accompanying display from attendees.
With voices ringing through the balmy night, individuals present echoed her passionately delivered spiritual affirmations, meeting ministry with tears and palms outstretched to the heavens.
Shepherding what some amidst the gang described as a ‘moment of spiritual awakening’, Sinach’s performance built to a powerful crescendo, providing an opportune introduction to the ultimate performer of the night.
With a soul stirring delivery of gospel classics, the vocal powerhouse and Gospel legend Cece Winans led the primary execution of the 2023 mainstage event to a moving close, inviting cheers and applause from patrons.
After a three-year hiatus for the Jazz and Arts Festival – which previously held an unbroken streak of multi genre performances for some three many years – Kingdom Night marked a return to tradition, and the resumption of mainstage Jazz events, inviting increased anticipation for the various musical displays still to come back.
SOURCE: Events Company of Saint Lucia Inc./SLT
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