Picture: Ky-mani Marley will perform at this year's festival
By Rhianna Peters
St. Kitts & Nevis | Wednesday 16 June 2010: 7:07 BST
The most famous Caribbean festival is Carnival, but in fact there are others which have much to offer. The region plays host to an abundance of successful music festivals over the years. St Kitts, for example, will be celebrating its 14th annual music festival this year with a multitude of artists set to perform from on the island from June 24th to 26th at the Warner Park Stadium, Basseterre. Attracting visitors and locals alike, the festival features an eclectic mix of musical genres, including soca, hip-hop, gospel, r&b, calypso, jazz, reggae and contemporary music. This year we look forward to performances from acts including Grammy-nominated Jamaican reggae group Third World, some of the Caribbean’s most popular soca artists, Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez (the only female artist to win Trinidad and Tobago’s Road March three times), ten-time Grammy winner, singer, producer, and songwriter Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, and Grammy nominee and son of reggae icon Bob Marley, Ky-mani Marley. Infamus was the first artist signed to participate in the music festival, and has now become the first local artist in history to be sponsored by the island’s tourism ministry. Chairman of the St Kitts Music Festival, Faron Lawrence, commented, “The addition of these outstanding performers for the 2010 music festival helps us to ensure that the crowd will be delighted by a programme of diverse high-energy, vibrant acts. We aim to keep raising the bar for this event so that we can attract growing numbers of fans to visit each year.” St Kitts aims to establish a world renowned annual festival of mixed music genres that will attract participation internationally, expose artistic excellence and promote St Kitts and Nevis as a major tourist destination. The island offers an eye-catching variety of tourism attractions, which include hiking through the tropical rainforest, riding the scenic railway that connects the island’s sugar plantations, and the more traditional vacation pastimes such as watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, or simply relaxing on one of the island’s sandy beaches.Tickets to the 14th Annual St Kitts Music Festival are US $40 per person, per night, and guests to the island can select from accommodation ranging from intimate plantation inns to larger hotels or resorts.