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Heat in the Square

John Sealy

Heat in the Square

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CASTRIES – THE HEAT WAS ON in more ways than one when scores of St Lucians converged in downtown Castries for a mid-day session of jazz.
Still feeling the effects of a drought which has been affecting the country, attendance at the free concert was an indicator that the islanders were also thirsty for good music.
But it was the school children who stole the show from the adults as they sang and moved to the rhythms coming from stage and they seemed quite happy to be away from their classes.
The hustle and bustle of the adjoining commercial street competed with pedestrians making their way to the event entitled Jazz on The Square the location which carries the name of St Lucian-born Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott.
This afternoon show culminated the free afternoon jazz series.
Those performing included St Lucian bands Skip Monday, DYP; a dance group also local called Fundamentals and Trinidadian Overdrive.
The free lunch time concerts were specifically injected into the festival to give the average “Lucian” a chance to hear a high standard of jazz expressions from Caribbean acts who are not world class headliners.
Barbadian group Orchestra 1688, led by Stefan Walcott, was featured on Wednesday.  

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