Digicel’s Freedom Concert attracts largest concert crowd in St.Kitts history

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS – An estimated 14,000 patrons attended the Digicel-staged Freedom Concert, that featured Morgan Heritage and Kittitian Road March Champions Nu-Vybes (Sugar Band) among others, the organizers said Wednesday, September 20.

Digicel in a statement said the event on Monday, September 18th, the eve of Independence of the federation of St.Kitts-Nevis, is recorded as the largest public gathering ever, despite a heavy down pour of rain just after 8:30 p.m.

Digicel, the fastest growing mobile telecommunications provider said it organised the event in celebration of the Country’s 23rd anniversary of Independence.

The event was staged on a sprawling 17 acres of open land space in the tourist belt of Frigate Bay a stones throw from the beautiful Frigate Bay Beach on St.Kitts.

The show started promptly at 7 P.M. with MC’s Junie Liburd and Toni Fredrick working the crowds along with DJ Ronnie Rascal.

“Promised as a gift to the Federation by Digicel, the Concert lived up to the expectation of all who were in attendance, great performances by all the acts, swift band changes, loads of giveaways, heavy security and most importantly, no incidents of violence or property damage,” said Digicel’s Marketing Manager in St. Kitts & Nevis,
Donovan White.

Digicel in its statement said: “The importance of the event was underscored by the attendance and on stage appearance of the Prime Minister of the Federation, Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas and Premier of Nevis, Hon. Joseph Parry, who individually addressed the massive crowd and at the end of the Prime Ministers speech, both together on stage carried a significant message of peace, love and unity.”

The Hon. Joseph Parry Premier Nevis said the “Concert was massive, it brought together a large section of the young people in St. Kitts and Nevis and helped us to focus on the meaning of independence and freedom through music. I do hope that similar gestures of goodwill will be made in the future, as we seek to give direction and meaning to the national spirit.”

According to the Digicel statement headline performers Morgan Heritage and Nu-Vybes were as promised excellent in their performances which started just before 10pm and lasted almost 3 hours with the Sugar Band performing for just under an hour and heritage for about 2 hours.

The Family Morgan had the crowd singing along with almost every selection they made and brought the curtain down on what was the greatest one-night experience ever in the history of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Nu-Vybes eas equally as spectacular as they had the crowd jumping and waving to their hit tunes including the road march “Ting Lang” as well as upcoming carnival 2006 tunes like “Any Weather” which was a most appropriate song on the night considering the regular rainfall which incidently did not deter the 1000’s of fans from jumping and jamming in the soaking rain.

Although the Sugar Band was constrained by time limitation their performance lived up to expectation and the DIgicel representative praised the band for it’s scintillating performance.

Other performing acts at the Digicel free concert included Calypso King and Soca Monarch King Konris and The Ultra Sonic Band from Nevis.

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