Dominicans Marie Claire and Nelly Stharre will both be performing on the final night of the annual Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in Trewlany this Saturday January 30th.
Dominican-born, Bronx-bred Marie Claire is an Italian-trained opera singer who has performed at Carnegie Hall. Her songs have been featured in 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 which is being produced by Garsha Blacks.
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.
Nelly Stharre, who has resided in Kingston for the past 15 years, 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.