Music Festival a success says committee; downplays concerns on “live band” and use of profanity by artiste
The St. Kitts Music Festival Committee has described the 23rd edition of the festival, last month, as a very successful venture.
This was disclosed during a press conference a few minutes ago, at the Ministry of Tourism Conference Room, Pelican Mall, Basseterre.
The committee disclosed that $EC 1.5 million was paid out last week and the majority of that money was for local vendors for their services, a testament to the positive impact on the local economy.
The head table, however, was questioned about several concerns, ranging from Trinidad and Tobago soca star Framer Nappy, who advocated for “live band” and Ella Mai’s very brief inclusion of profanity.
Jonel Powell, chairman of the artiste’s selection committee, defended his committee’s decision to use tracks and seemingly justified the action by pointing to several artistes who gave very good performances, with tracks, including Mykal Somer and Skinny Fabulous.
He downplayed Ella Mai’s “slip of the tongue” and hinted that a change in policy should be looked at to allow artistes to give “sterile” performances.
In previous years, two artistes were arrested because of their use of profanity.
Plans are already in motion for next year’s edition.