Wednesday 23 October, 2019

Ashanti, Ja Rule, Keyshia Cole for St Maarten's Carnival celebrations

Ashanti will be one of the headliners at a concert celebrating St Maarten's Carnival 50th anniversary celebrations. Photo by  Networkingz taken from Ashanti's Instagram account.

Ashanti will be one of the headliners at a concert celebrating St Maarten's Carnival 50th anniversary celebrations. Photo by Networkingz taken from Ashanti's Instagram account.

Fresh off her first Carnival experience in Trinidad and Tobago, Ashanti is set to be a part of another Caribbean Carnival, this time in St Maarten.

Ashanti will join her former collaborator Ja Rule along with singer Keyshia Cole to headline a concert at the 50thAnniversary of St Maarten Carnival.

On April 25, the three renowned musicians will take the stage at the Soulful Company concert.

Presented by the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF), the concert promises to provide a night of “smooth groovin’ and boppin’.”

This year marks the 50th anniversary of St. Maarten Carnival.

Festivities will officially take place from April 20 to May 7, with pre-Carnival activities kicking off on March 16. 

“We’re so excited to welcome Ashanti, Keyshia Cole, and Ja Rule to St. Maarten,” stated the Director of Tourism of St. Maarten, May-Ling Chun. “To have these three artists, all who have impacted the international music scene on such a large scale, headline at the 50th anniversary of our renowned Carnival is a joy and an honor. We cannot wait to see the energy that they bring to the stage.”

The three headliners will also be joined by two of St. Maarten’s best young singers and their bands. Local talents Natisha Hanson and Kenyo Baly will accompany the headliners on stage, representing The Friendly Island at the second iteration of the Soulful Company concert.

“We have so many gifted musicians in St. Maarten, and to bring our island’s local musical talent together with these artists is sure to bring forth a unique, incredible concert,” said St. Maarten’s Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport, and Telecommunication, Stuart Johnson. What’s more, we look forward to the opportunities this collaboration will bring forth for these exceptional St. Maarteners, and can’t wait to see them showcase their musical gifts on the main stage.”

Machel Montano will also headline a concert on the island in celebration of the 50th anniversary. He has a song called The Road with Ashanti which debuted for T&T's Carnival.

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