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Thursday May 03rd, 2012 – Saint Lucia Jazz 2012 was launched with a bang on Monday April 30th with huge endorsements for the island`s Music Industry and positive messages for the nation`s youth.


The event returned to the informal Capital of Castries -  Marchand  - after a six year absence, featuring soca heavy weights Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons, Jamaican superstar Busy Signal and Saint Lucia`s very own Teddyson John.


Speaking at the opening of the event Deputy Prime Minister and MP for Castries East Honourable Phillip J Pierre expressed delight in having the festival`s opening return to his constituency, thus bringing jazz back to the people.


“It’s a great pleasure to welcome you to the Capital of Castries - Marchand,- we promised you that if voted back into Government we would bring the Opening of Jazz back to the people of Castries and in particular Marchand.   You re-elected us and we returned the opening of Jazz back to Marchand.   We keep our promises and we did so on this occasion”.


Despite overcast conditions, thousands of people converge on the Mindoo Phillp Park for the launch of what is being described as the best party in the Caribbean.


The Minister for Tourism and the Creative Industries Honourable Lorne Theophillus described the return of the opening of the event to Marchand as an investment in the people of Saint Lucia.   “As a government we are very happy to bring the opening of Jazz back to Marchand.   This is a gift from the government of Saint Lucia to you the people who we invest in”.


The improved quality of Saint Lucia`s music took to the spotlight with Teddyson John delivering a string of hit songs to begin the evening’s event.


During her set multiple Soca Monarch winner, song writer, and recording artistes Faye Ann Lyons had much praise for Saint Lucian artistes and producers including Penn and Ace from Studio 758.


“Most of my music for the last couple of years were produced by Saint Lucian producers Penn and Ace so that means that where ever I go in the world to perform I am representing St Lucia and I will continue to represent St Lucia by working with St Lucian producers and artistes”.


Amidst the party atmosphere was a positive message delivered by Busy Signal which resonated with the audience.


The “one more night” artiste used the opportunity to encourage the nation youth to desist from crime and violence.


“Sometimes its so hard in life but we should never give up because once you have life you have hope, ghetto people, up town people, people from all walks of life we are one people and we cant give up, we should never lead the youths astray, big up the Prime Minister and the entire Government and people of St Lucia, I wish for better for the entire government and all the people”.


Busy Signal had patrons signing to the words of his chart topping numbers which included Unknown Number, Comfort Zone, Come Over and Night Shift.


The opening of Saint Lucia Jazz 2012 went on into the early hours of Tuesday morning.


The event is expected to remain a staple on the annual jazz calendar.

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