After months of anticipation and speculation the St.Kitts Music Festival Organising Committee on Thursday April 23rd announced the first cadre of confirmed acts for the Annual Festival.
In a Press Conference hosted by Minister of Tourism the Hon. Lindsay Grant and including Festival Chairperson Farron Lawrence and Show Producer Adrian Lamb the some 11, mainly regional acts, of the over 20 plus expected overall acts were announced.
The Biggest Act announced on Thursday was Dancehall Legend Bounty Killer. Bounty Killer will be making his first appearance at the now 19 year old Festival . Killer is expected to be one of the headliners for Day 2 of the 3 day festival .
Reggae Crooner Christopher Martin and LEGENDARY UK Reggae Band Aswad were also announced as confirmed acts for the festival.
Popular Miami-based Haitian Band T-Vice was also announced. T-Vice is one of the most popular Haitian groups ever bringing Compas music to an international audience.
T-Vice revolutionized the genre of konpa with the energetic party vibe they brought to the scene. Musical influences from reggae, merengue, flamenco and modern synthesizing from rock ‘n’ roll have made the group one of the most innovative musicians of the genre.
Former Trinidad and Tobago Soca Groocy monarch Kerwin Dubois , Antigua Soca Monarch Ricardo Drue, Soca Princess Patrice Roberts, Benjai and Blaxx were all announced as performers. They will all perform with the backing of the Caribbean’s Premeir Soca Brass Band the Roy Cape All Stars. The Roy Cape All Stars has performed at almost every Festival since the inception some 19 years ago.
Grammy Winning Merengue Artiste Tono Rosario was also announced. Rosario is the best selling Merengue Artiste of all time and is credited with popularizing merengue music worldwide. The five-time Grammy winner has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. He is best known for his Merengue numbers and ballads.
The Full Line-Up of Artistes announced are:
Roy Cape (premier brass band out of Trinidad)
Ricardo Drew (Antigua’s reigning Soca Monarch)
T-Vice (from Haiti)
Tono Rosario (from Santo Domingo)