St. Lucia’s Jazz in the South—Cultivating Communities

Repeating Islands


Simon Lee reviews St. Lucia’s Jazz in the South; here are excerpts with a link to the full review below:

Under the stars of the first night in May, Rudy John Beach on the outskirts of Laborie, a fishing village of humble wooden houses perched on St Lucia’s south west coast, has momentarily been transformed into an impromptu, interactive Wassoulou dance lesson. From a stage backed by the evening tide and framed by palms, the incandescent Malian vocalist Fatoumata Diawara gives teeth-flashing directions and encouragement to the beach-packed crowd, who by now would happily walk the waves with her all the way back to west Africa, if she only asked. Instead she beckons to the slight form of jazz panman Andy Narell, whose shimmering chromes weave into the crescendo marking her finale, and the crowd’s roar echoing across the bay. This is the first night of Jazz in the South…

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