BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – Mr. Allister Williams, Executive Director of the St. Kitts Music Festival, today announces the official roster of top musical acts scheduled to perform at the 10th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival taking place from June 29th to July 2nd, 2006. The artists will be performing on their set dates, as follows:
THURSDAY, JUNE 29
–Soca/Calypso Explosion featuring King Dis ‘n Dat, King Socrates, King Meeko and King Konris backed by the Legends Band
–Onyan and the Burning Flames
–Destra with the band Atlantik
–Nu Vybes Band International
FRIDAY, JULY 30
–Bankie Banks and the Roots & Herbs
SATURDAY, JULY 1
SUNDAY, JULY 2
–NEWA featuring Nicholas Brancker,
— Eddie Bullen
— Wilson Laurencin
— Artura Tappin, with special guest Bruce Skerritt
Reggae artist Shaggy said about the Music Festival, “I have been to St. Kitts before and I am so glad to make it to round two. Being from Jamaica, the people of the smaller islands have a flavor of my extended family. The energy, love and friendliness is absolutely magical. St. Kitts, here I come!”
Also commenting on the St. Kitts Music Festival, the legendary Dionne Warwick said, “I’m looking forward to a wonderful time of great music and great talent.”
Artist Eddie Bullen of the group NEWA said, “We’re looking forward to playing at the St. Kitts Music Festival for 2006 together with our special guest Bruce Skerritt. I think this will be a performance that will make the Caribbean people proud.” Added band member Wilson Laurencin, “Sun, sand and music – welcome to utopia! You’ve got to love the St. Kitts Music Festival.”
Now in its 10th consecutive year, the Festival attracts both locals and visitors alike and features various musical styles on the popular market, including R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Gospel and Contemporary music.
Past artists have included such top acts as Kenny Rogers, Boyz II Men, Wyclef Jean, Brian McKnight, Ashanti, Shaggy, Eve, Bobby Caldwell, DMX, Hugh Masekala, Xtatik, the Temptations, Chaka Khan, Maxi Priest, Ronald “Boo” Hinkson and Busta Rhymes.
“The organizers have done an excellent job in putting together this year’s St. Kitts Music Festival,” said Richard “Ricky” O. Skerritt, Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture for St. Kitts. “The 10th anniversary of the Festival should be an enormous success with so many quality artists scheduled to appear.
Visitors from across the Caribbean, North America and Europe will be treated to many outstanding performances and we hope their experience of our island will keep them coming back again and again.”
The Festival begins at 8:00pm on Thursday and Friday and at 7:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are US$40.00 nightly or US$145 for a ticket to all four nights. Credit card holders can also purchase tickets in advance via the website www.stkittsmusicfestival.net. The website purchase will generate a receipt that must then be redeemed with a valid ID at the St. Kitts Music Festival Office in St. Kitts for the actual ticket.