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Mya, Tarrus Riley, UB40 and More for Roots & Soul

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According to organizers, this year’s Roots & Soul Festival promises ‘thought-provoking poetic delivery, heart-pumping rhythms and throwback classics’, served up in two spectacular island venues, The Ramp in Rodney Bay and the historic Pigeon Island National Landmark.

From August 23rd to 25th, the Saint Lucia Roots & Soul Festival will world acclaimed musical entertainment, delivered by an A-list of Reggae, Hip Hop, R&B and Afro-punk artistes.

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UB40 will close off the event with a not to be missed performance.

On Friday August 23rd from 8:30 p.m. at the Ramp, take in spoken-word from UK based Saint Lucian poet Curmiah Lisette, followed by the rootsy Naomie (Ngozi) Grandison, then Canadian Based Saint Lucian Hip-Hop, Rap and R&B singer, Asher “Smallz” Small backed by other Saint Lucian artistes. Close off day one with Trinidadian Rapso band, 3Canal.

On Day 2, Saturday August 24th, head to Pigeon Island for Skip Monday, Nigerian Superstar Timaya, followed by British Pop Superstar Leee John, closing with Reggae legend Tarrus Riley featuring Estelle. Show time 6 p.m.

Image of Grammy award winning artist. Mya.
Grammy award winning artist. Mya will perform at this year’s Roots & Soul.

Return to Pigeon Island on Sunday August 25th, from 4 p.m. for Saint Lucia’s Sherwinn Dupes Brice followed by Saint Lucian Canadian balladeer ZAMANI and then R&B duo, Ginuwine and Grammy winning award artist Mya.

Image of Ginuwine will add R&B vibes to the occasion.
Ginuwine will add R&B vibes to the occasion.

The Roots and Soul Festival climaxes with a showstopper, the most successful, Reggae group in the world, UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro.

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Reggae fans, get ready for Taurus Riley.

According to Events Saint Lucia’s Public Relations Officer Mineva Ross, “We embrace our sponsors… FLOW our Platinum sponsor since 2017, the thirst quenchers, Chairman’s Reserve, JP Chenet, Guinness and Crystal Clear, our Media Partners DBS, Helen FM 100, HTS, HOT FM, Vybe Radio and The Wave, spreading the love and the music. Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) reaching far and wide to bring us the global audience… the success of the Saint Lucia Summer Festival and the Saint Lucia Roots and Soul Festival is not possible without your investment.”

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Estelle will make a special appearance on Day 2 of the event.

The Saint Lucia Roots & Soul Festival will be held on August 23rd to August 25th. Don’t miss the Early Bird Special; Friday $50 (regular $75), Saturday and Sunday $100 (regular $150). Purchase online at or at The Cell outlets island-wide, as well as at Steve’s Barbershop on Peynier Street.

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