Ashanti is joined by Ja Rule on stage.

Ashanti is joined by Ja Rule on stage.

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Caribbean artistes featured prominently and rose to the occasion to showcase their talent during last weekend’s Roots and Soul music festival in St Lucia.

Jamaica’s Beenie Man, the undisputed king of dancehall, stole the show on both nights of the musical showcase at the Pigeon Island National Landmark, even though his appearance at the finale on Sunday was just a cameo one with American pop and R&B singer Ashanti as she did a duo with rapper Ja Rule.

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