Jazz Gallery
Soul / Gospel & World gallery
Essential Listening
Tributes
Gig Guide / News
Opinion / Music Talk
The Hi Fi Experience
Related services
Related Sites & Info
Sales
Staff Profiles
Guest Feedback
Contact M V Studio
Back to Home Page

 

 

 

Rihanna

Rihanna

Rihanna
@ Pigeon Island, St. Lucia Jazz Festival
13 May 2006

Click an image to enlarge.

The scenery near this venue entrance alone is enough to take your breath away. Your senses are bombarded by the smell of chicken, fish and other freshly prepared delicacies on offer. You cannot ignore ‘or not admire’ the sight of multi-coloured stalls and multi-coloured homemade items on display by local sellers, who proudly parade their wares. Illuminated trees and historical ruins silhouette against the revamped hooded stage (to cater for all types of weather).

The first daytime venue at Pigeon Island and probably the most popular part of the Jazz Festival began with the promise of another hot day - and even less clothing being worn by excited patrons young and old.

A relaxing sail on the coast, adjacent to the main road made a perfect start to the day, with a dinghy dropping us off at the jetty for a short trot to the main stage.

Review

Seasoned patrons had their mats, sarongs, portable chairs already positioned as near to the front of the stage as possible. Everybody was already on their feet in anticipation for Bajan beauty Rihanna, who immediately stirred the crowd with her dramatic entrance and shout of “ST LUCIA MAKE SOME NOISE!”

Rihanna was not alone; she was soon followed by her four strong, fiery, extremely provocative dance troupe. Pigeon Island patrons were soon swaying and singing along to “You Do Not Love Me (No, no, no), taken from her aptly titled ‘Music Of The Sun’ album. Unpredictably, Rihanna then switched mode. Her dancers took a breather as she invited an acoustic guitarist to the stage. After a brief spoken tribute to Bob Marley she then performed a passionate soulful rendition of “Redemption Song”. The crowd were now eating out of her hand. Old and young alike were reaching out with adoration for this stunning young woman.

Keeping it in a mellow mode, Rihanna continued to soothe our sweat-laden brows with her heartbreak ballad, “Unfaithful”. The experienced an inexperienced (eight – eighty year old) patron sang along as though in combined grief and understanding. The youngest section of the sing-along clan notably transfixed by Rihanna’s voice, beauty and seductive aura.

With Carnival time in St. Lucia drawing ever closer, road march anthems such as “Wind Your Waist”, ‘Its Carnival Time’ and “Ring Ding Ding” are bound to be popular. When performed by Rihanna and her ‘do it all’ dancers, these songs are sure-fire winners.

Not surprisingly, Rihanna’s worldwide hit “Pon De Replay” was saved for her encore. Her fans were suitably impressed.“She was really good, better than I expected!” Explained a wide-eyed excited eight year old.

Report by
Robin Francis
Additional information by Carole Clemesha
© Michael Valentine Studio Ltd.

Rihanna's dancer

Rihanna's dancers Rihanna's dancers

Pigeon Island patrons

Rihanna's dancers Rihanna's dancers

Pigeon Island patrons

Pigeon Island patrons Pigeon Island patrons

 

Rihanna

Rihanna

Rihanna

Rihanna

Rihanna

Rihanna

Rihanna

Rihanna

Rihanna

Rihanna's dancers


Recommended
Listening

 

Good Girl Gone Bad A Girl Like Me Music Of The Sun

Go back to the St. Lucia Jazz Festival 2006 main page.

 Go back to the soul gallery.

[ Top ]