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Boukman Experyans (Haiti)
@ Fond D'Or Nature & Heritage Park
St. Lucia Jazz Festival
2 May 2009
Last year, Fond D’Or Jazz was billed as
‘The Opening’ of the St. Lucia Jazz Festival. However,
this year such an accolade was reserved for ‘Jazz at Soufriere’.
Unseasonal downpours caused islanders and visitors to run for cover
in the days leading up to Fond D’ Or Jazz and it was obvious
upon my arrival at this usually bustling venue that rain was still
on everybody’s mind. Attendance was low. The venue ticket
price was also advertised as ‘TBA’, surely not a great
marketing decision in such lean times?
Unfortunately Mother Nature had not quite finished
her natural washing. The rain returned at the start of Sisterhood’s
performance, but it clearly did not dampen their spirits. This local
singing quintet (sometimes quartet and occasionally trio) continued
their lively soul / calypso set giving no less than 100%. At this
point, patrons still clung to umbrellas, or gathered quietly under
trees waiting for a break in the clouds. It took some time for the
break to arrive, but Sisterhood were now close to the end of their
set. The quality of musicianship did not match the potential mood
for some time afterwards. By the time Haiti’s Boukman Experyans
hit the stage, many patrons had seen enough and began to make their
way home. The few who remained did join Bookman Experyans on their
thought provoking mystical reggae journey.
Report by Robin Francis
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