The performer who earned the wrath of Bounty Killa after controversially being rated by Billboard magazine as the top reggae artist of 2015, Joss Stone, will headline the inaugural Pure Grenada Music Festival in April.Stone will lead a cast of diverse and talented musicians from around the world and from Grenada in the festival designed to develop Grenada’s homegrown talent.
The Grenada Music Festival was established in March 2014 with the aim of creating a platform for Grenada’s singers and musicians to develop their craft with all profits going back to "establish a base" for homegrown musicians.The festival, through its inclusion of a Festival Village complete with programmes for training and exchange through seminars and its Artiste in Residence Programme, lays the foundation for the building of a legacy which will assist in ensuring the development of music in Grenada.
Grenadian performers will be: Ajamu, Mr Killa, Tallpree, Luni Spark and Electrify, Black Wizard, Rootsman Kelly, Keturah George, Sabrina Francis, Soul Deep,The Phoenix, Spice Rock, Jomo and Gylfi, Ahkeem and Nature Claim, Sheereen Brizan and The Inflectionz, Changes, Love Vibes, Natty and Channel 12.
International acts include: Joss Stone, Angelique Kidjo, Steel Pulse, Estelle, Etana, Zahra McFarlane, Andy Narell, Eddie Bullen, The Britsh Collective, Madison Violets Jessee Royal, Pianist Hendricks Ackle, and Eric Pedurand from Guadeloupe.
The Grenada Music Festival will be held over six days, April 5 to 10, at four venues: Main Stage/Festival Village at Port Louis, Floating Stage on the Carenage, Mobile Stage in Grenville and Gouyave and Calivigny Island where only a limited number of people will be accommodated for an exclusive show
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