By Natasha Ofosu
Saint Lucia | Tuesday 22 March 2016: 8:08 GMT
Latin music will take pride of place at the St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival 2016, with Marc Anthony headlining the event. The multi-award winning salsa and Latin pop singer is scheduled to perform on Sunday 8 May, the final day of the festival, as part of the main stage line-up at the Pigeon Island National landmark. Other heavyweights confirmed to perform on the main stage include soul music legends George Benson and Kool and the Gang, zouk pioneers Kassav, reggae’s ‘Mr Lover Lover’ Shaggy and Jamaican pop sensation Omi. St Lucia will be represented by veteran jazz guitarist Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson and soca singer Teddyson John. Now in its 25th year, St Lucia Jazz Festival is the Caribbean’s longest running music and arts celebration. A representative from the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, which organises the event, said that to mark this milestone the selection of artists, “Deliberately combines past performers deemed by patrons to be among their most memorable, mixed with contemporary chart-toppers.” The festival opens on 29 April, and runs for 10 days. A host of musical and arts events will take place throughout the country, including a tribute to recently knighted Nobel Prize winner Sir Derek Walcott with a staging of his poem Omeros, adapted for performance by the author and produced by the Shakespeare Globe Theatre, London. An Arts Village, with a dedicated site in the north of the island, will feature literary, visual and performing arts, whilst the acclaimed fashion show ‘Hot Couture’ will return with a spotlight on Saint Lucia’s and the region’s cutting edge style. For more information about the festival, visit www.stluciajazz.org.