Ashanti is joined by Ja Rule on stage.

Ashanti is joined by Ja Rule on stage.


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.


Blisters happen from time to time. Whether they form on the hands from hard work; on the feet from shoes; or just going barefoot, they’re an aggravation. Potentially, they are a gateway to more serious conditions, if left untreated. Here’s how foot blisters happen, and can be prevented.

“NOTHING seems to make sense anymore,” David Rudder sings on repeat in “State of the Nation”—his pore-raising commentary about where our society is heading. David Bishop and MX Prime (Edghill Thomas) added their vocals to the track in which Rudder addresses crime and corruption.

Maria Bhola is a brilliant calypsonian whose lyrics are imbued with narratives that tackle social issues and advocate for the downtrodden with equal parts empathy and rage. When she delves into hard issues, she is not willing to simply make noise; in fact, according to Bhola, “When I sing, it must be that I have something to say.”

They say a veil is what turns a woman in a beautiful white dress into a bride, and we agree! There’s something so romantic about the flowing fabric and the time-honoured tradition, whether it’s a birdcage style or cathedral-length and edged in lace.