BET Digital Networks has already won a reputation
for throwing its support behind huge Caribbean music festivals and it has now added
a new event to its programme schedule.
BET Jazz will team with the organizers of the first Heineken Kalalu World Music
Festival which debuts at Samaans Park, Choc Bay on St. Lucia’s picturesque north
coast from December 1 to 4, 2005.
“Knowing the trends in music right now and where we are going with the Jazz Channel
and our programming, we thought it would be a perfect fit to participate as a
programming partner and potentially as a sponsor of the event,” says Cybelle Brown,
Vice President Sales and Marketing for BET Digital Networks.
The four day event will feature trumpeter and pioneer of South African Jazz, Hugh
Masekela, Senegalese vocalist and percussionist Idrissa Diop, Haitian singer and
songwriter Emeline Michel, the Sensación Orchestra from Cuba, the Soukous Stars from
the Congo, Puerto Rican vocalist Jose Alberto, Grammy-nominated Latin-funk
collective Yerba Buena, singer Sekouba Bambino from Guinea, and Bluemangó and Ronald
“Boo” Hinkson from St. Lucia.
Brown, who has previously worked in tourism in St. Lucia and the Caribbean, said the
festival content is ideal for the network, and the diverse line-up will fit the Jazz
During Kalalu’s recent New York launch, festival Director Adrian Augier said that
his group was happy to have BET on board as it brought with it the international and
North American coverage that they will need.
He said the event is designed to complement the St. Lucia Jazz Festival, which is
traditionally held during the first week of May. “We have been in that business for
15 years. It’s time to add a new product to the list of special events in St. Lucia.
It’s definitely tourism-driven (and) about developing opportunities in the arts and
entertainment sector (in) which we think St. Lucia has a major advantage and a
reputation in the international marketplace.”