The Hidden Gem of Caribbean Music Festivals is A Must See!

By Tricia Williamson | Photography courtesy of The Pure Grenada Music Festival

The Pure Grenada Music Festival is the hidden gem of the Caribbean’s Jazz and Music Festivals. The picturesque venue of Port Louis was the perfect setting for this intimate music experience which delivered a truly world class festival. Many a music festivals across the region have grown so big that some argue they have lost their vision. However, Pure Grenada Music Festival distinguishes itself from the pack with a keen focus on the purity of live music. From Roots & Culture, to Love & Soul and Pure Spice rhythm and beats, this festival is a melting pot of different genres of music perfectly blending local and international acts.

A Musical Experience Not To Be Missed

This year’s lineup featured three days of “Great Music…Naturally”. Staged May 5th-7th, the first night shone the spotlight on Roots & Culture with top acts Sabrina Francis, Queen Ifrica and Third World. The musical flow continued the following evening with a night of Love & Soul which featured Tarrus Riley, Dean Fraser & the Black Soil Band as well as Malika Tirolien. The final night encompassed a thrilling performance from Mr. Killa, Loxton Mitchell & All Anointed and Ajamu & Gospel Chorale. In between sets on the main stage, the Coca-Cola Village stage delivered a plethora of live bands that ensured the music flowed nonstop. The audience danced, rocked and enjoyed the musical stylings of the Sensation Band, Quiet Fire, Pan Wizards featuring Angelo Signore and more.

World class talents of Sabrina Francis and Mr. Killa

On the opening night of the music festival, Sabrina Francis was simply mesmerizing. With her pulsating melodies, she held the crowd’s undivided attention from start to finish. Her beautiful voice and range is a perfect complement to her passionate music that is a blend of Caribbean and African influences and takes you on a beautiful escape. At the young age of 23, her lyrics convey a longing to control her own destiny. PANACHE believed she’ll achieve those dreams…as for us she is one of the Caribbean’s Next Breakthrough Artiste.

Sabrina Francis Sabrina Francis

Crowd-pulling, musically versatile artiste, Grenada Cultural Ambassador, Rebel Dancer, and Child of God… Mr. Killa brought the house down on the final night! There were stories about this young energetic entertainer in Grenada… leading up to the Music Festival- so the intrigue and expectations were high for when he would take the stage. Once he did, his presence and energy was simply phenomenal and was equally balanced with the amazing dancers that surrounded him on stage. Mr. Killa was simply hypnotic and brought a light-hearted fun to the performance intertwined with his cheeky jabs at current affairs. A fusion of soca, reggae, dancehall, African and more, this former Soca Monarch is poised for huge international success and Mr. Killa can deliver on any stage in the world…He is simply the best. On his Facebook Page, post his high energy performance, he shared: “I want to say BIG up to all the people that came out and supported the Grenada Music Festival. It was an amazing weekend thank you so much, and a special love and thanks to all the fans that came out on Sunday you made my performance an amazing experience… you guys gave me and the Rebel1 Band the chance to show them what we’re made of!”

Mr. Killa Mr. Killa

All in all, Pure Grenada is a must-do music experience in the Caribbean and rounded out its weekend with stellar performances from Third World, Tarrus Riley, Queen Ifrica, Malika Tirolien, Quiet Fire, Loxton Mitchel & All Anointed, Pan Wizards and more.

Beyond The Music

Beyond the music, kudos are in order for the festival’s strong commitment to the environment. From the setup to the vendors, this music festival is entirely eco-friendly and innovative with green seating made out of recycled materials; the “Keep your cup” drive is commendable; and the art installation entitled “Plastic Ocean: Want All, Loose All” focused on the impact of litter on the marine environment. Given the stunningly beautiful location of the festival village, we want to keep it clean for many years to come.

Lastly, there was the cuisine! Shoutout to Andy’s Soup House which had the best-selling Lobster Soup that was a top seller or if you want something jerked check out JAMDOWN Restaurant- BIGUP to Kenneth Powell, a Jamaican living in Grenada over 20years and started this business. The festival has several food stands to offer a range of culinary delights to satisfy your tastes and experience all the sweet, savoury and spicey-ness Grenada has to offer. Be sure to check out the Westerhall Rum Cellar, Grenada Breweries Beer Garden, North South Wine Lounge and of course the 60 Foot Sundance Bar to quench your thirst all night.

So book your place early, grab your friends and escape to Grenada where great music can be found at the Pure Grenada Music Festival. For more information on the festival including ticket prices, travel tips and more, visit: |P

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