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Jazz heats up Pigeon Island

John Sealy and Shaka Mayers in St Lucia

Jazz heats up Pigeon Island

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The massive audience danced “alingo” and forever loved P-Square who commanded the show Jazz On The Main Stage during the 2014 St Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival on Saturday.
The event opened at Pigeon Island with the Saint Lucia Expose featuring Michael Robinson, Anesha Antoine, Jessy Leonce and Thaddeus Lionel, all of whom warmed the slightly chilly but relaxed atmosphere, which the next performer KEM carried to another degree.
The deeply spiritual KEM not only performed fan favourites like Find Your Way (Back In My Life), but he also ventured into the crowd and interacted with the audience, singing Rick James’ hit Give It To Me Baby, which brought a smile to the face of each individual as he  touched, hugged and danced with them.
The atmosphere was cranked up to 100° after KEM’s departure as mighty merengue star Elvis Crespo exploded onto the stage, bringing with him an electrifying energy that kept both him and the crowd animated during his one-hour set. He performed a list of his popular songs, from Pegaito Suavecito right down to Suavemente.
As if the audience couldn’t scream and dance enough, dynamic duo P-Square leapt to the stage after Crespo’s performance, making the dense front row of women and girls swoon, scream and tear up as duo Paul and Peter Okoye danced, laughed and expressed their predilection for the audience for over an hour and 30 minutes, with hits Alingo, I Love You, and No One Like You.
Each act brought their own special story with them.
The much-talked-about Nigerian singing duo P-Square has generated lots of attention on social media in recent times but remained focused on pleasing the crowd.
Latin artist Crespo holds the distinction of having his hit Suavemente as the only Spanish language song chosen by astronauts on the 2006 Discovery Mission.
KEM’s story was about seizing a second chance, something he is doing, having hit rock bottom through the abuse of drugs.
He was in and out of homeless and rehabilitation centres before he turned his life around.