Skerritt, who was at the time speaking at a meeting with the organizers, urged committee members and volunteers to take pride in being the organizers of a unique entertainment-based event that has become a major event on the Caribbean’s music calendar.
“The recent economic environment has brought with it very difficult financial challenges, but we have determined that the economic value and music traditions of the St Kitts Music Festival far outweighs the cost involved, and so we will keep the event moving forward to achieve even greater success”, the Minister said.
The Festival features various musical styles on the popular market, including R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Gospel and Contemporary music.
Past artists have included such prominent acts as Babyface, John Legend, T-Pain, Michael Bolton, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Wyclef Jean, Ne-Yo, Air Supply, Dionne Warwick, Billy Ocean, Kenny Rogers, Boyz II Men, King Konris, Stephen Marley, Regina Belle, Maxi Priest, and Lord Nelson.
However, last year the music festival roster featured more local acts than in previous years. Such acts included, Infamous, C-Money, Grand Masters band, King Star Shield, King Ellie Matt, SMI and Jah Fire.