Dominican born, Bronx bred marie-claire; as well as Nelly Stharre, a Dominican who has called Kingston home for the last 15 years, will both be performing on the final night of the annual Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in Trewlany this Saturday January 30th.


marie-claire is an Italian-trained opera singer who has performed at Carnegie Hall and who’s songs have been featured in feature films such as Lovin Jezebel and The Roommate. She spent time in front of the camera as a cast member on the second season of Chapelle’s Show on Comedy Central. Since marie-claire’s return to Dominica, she has through her girlfullofgold productions ltd, produced and hosted local music programmes, while still making time to perform at events such as LIME Creole in the Park and various private functions. marie-claire has performed throughout the region, and Jamaica is a favorite stop for her, as venues such as Weekenz, Christopher’s Jazz Café and Red Bones Blues Café are like second homes. This year’s performance will be marie-claire’s second consecutive at Jamaica Jazz and Blues. Fans can look forward to her performing jazz standards as well as the singles “Jah Guide (Happy)” and “Care For You” which will be on her eagerly anticipated album The Evolution Continues. marie-claire has been in Jamaica working on the album for the last month.

Nelly Stharre

If you look up the words ‘Reggae Revolutionary’ you may just see a picture of Nelly Stharre. She is captivating mix of confidence, humility, honesty and passion. A fixture on the Jamaican musical landscape for the past 15 years, Nelly is no stranger to performing on the big stages in the land of Reggae. Not one to forget her Dominican roots, Nelly makes frequent sojourns to the Nature Isle to refresh, reconnect and share with her Jamaican husband and children the Caribbean’s ‘Garden of Eden.’ She even produced (through her company Calabash Heights) a DVD called Dominica The Secret Garden to share its natural treasures and culture with the world. Both Nelly Stharre and marie-claire contributed to the staging of the first in a series of charity concerts in her homeland commemorating the Year Of The Child. At Jamaica Jazz and Blues Nelly Stharre will perform songs from her album Soul Country.

Both marie-claire and Nelly Stharre will be backed by local Jamaican musicians and without a doubt will do Dominica proud.

The festival, which since its introduction in 1996 was known as the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, has attracted thousands of patrons from the USA, Europe, and the Caribbean over the years. International artistes that have performed at Jazz and Blues (as it is popularly known) include Alicia Keys, Kenny Rogers, Norah Jones, Julio Iglesias, Earth Wind and Fire, Roberta Flack and Kenny G.

Artists performing this year include Machel Montano, Erykah Badu, Billy Ocean, Robin Banks, Queens Project - Tamia, Kelly Price and Deborah Cox, Babyface, The Whispers, Joss Stone, Monty Alexander, Joe Roy Jackson, and Maxi Priest.

Saturday’s show at Greenfield Stadium will feature Gladys Knight, Third World, Hall & Oates, Jon Secada, and Marion Hall (Lady Saw).

Both ladies have been featured on The Lime in our 20 Questions segment. Get to know marie-claire and Nelly Stharre and to listen to some of their music.

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