About Saint Lucia
“I come from a place that likes grandeur; it likes large gestures; it is not inhibited by flourish… it is a society of physical performance… of style… I grew up in a place in which if you learned poetry, you shouted it out. Boys would scream it out and perform it and do it and flourish it.” Sir Derek Walcott, Saint Lucian Nobel Laureate (Literature 1992)
Saint Lucia is an energetic, scintillating and colourful space. This former British colony gained its independence in 1979. A mere 238 sq miles, Saint Lucia is home to 174,257 people (2017Census) with a population consisting of descendants of African slaves, East Indian indentured servants, European planation owners and native Indians, who inhabited the island before the European occupation. Out of this ferment of diverse authentic cultural nuances has emerged an island of festivals and fiestas, and a colourful and rhythmic culture that gives Saint Lucian music a distinct voice.
The Saint Lucian landscape is the undeniable muse of its ‘creatives’! Dotted with dramatic natural vistas – from miles of white and black sand beaches shaded by coconut fronds and age old sea grape trees, rainforest waterfalls, verdant green undulating hills and statuesque mountains, it is also home to the world famous Pitons designated a UNESCO world heritage site. These legendary twin peaks are a sought after backdrop for everything from adventure to romance, no doubt contributing to Saint Lucia’s numerous awards as “World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination” (2002-2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), and the “Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination” ( 2011, 2012, and 2014, 2015 and 2016). The island also boasts having the Worlds only drive in Volcano! Clearly, here, things cultural and creative abound and unfold in an unbroken cycle of seasons.
Saint Lucian Music
Saint Lucian musical artists are distinguishing themselves in reggae, R&B, calypso, soca, jazz, blues, folk, hip-hop, zouk, country and western and world music – as well as a fusion of several of these genres. The injection of some of these influences into Saint Lucia music enhances its regional and international appeal. In recent times Saint Lucia has given the world a unique party sound – Saint Lucian Kuduro. The undeniable craft and accomplishment of many recorded artists has catapulted them unto the world stage via airplay and festival stages in Europe, North America and the Caribbean region. Notable among them are Grammy nominated (This Is My Life, 2013) Ronald “Boo” Hinkson, a string virtuoso of contemporary jazz, lyricist, composer and producer, Teddyson “TJ” John, who continues to break ground in major entertain centres of the world and Sherwin “Dupes” Brice, one of the most prolific singer/ songwriter/ producer of R&B from the Caribbean.
Multiplying Saint Lucia’s Cultural Exports
This website is designed as an e-commerce platform for Saint Lucian music exporters to enhance market penetration in the international music market. It is the outcome of a consultancy – “Enhancing Lucia’s Trading Environment and Export Capabilities Market Access” conducted for the Trade Export Promotion Agency (TEPA) of Saint Lucia by Kisserup International Trade Roots Inc and funded under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
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