EVENT: A look back at the grand finale of the 721 Festival

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The closing night of the 721 Festival was, to say the least, expected by the public. Installed at the Carnival Village in Philipsburg, the fifth installment of the 721 Festival took place on July 30, thus closing a full month of musical performances, some of which were never before seen on the island.

"The entire District 721 team is so happy with this first edition," says Victoria, who is part of the organization. District 721 ignited the whole month of July with an artist in concert every Saturday at Boom Boom Night Club until the grand finale at Festival Village with a more extensive program. A total of nine international artists entertained the evenings, brilliantly assisted by the resident DJs of District 721. The evening of July 30 was somewhat overshadowed by the delay due to certain late arrivals and the cancellation of Mavado. On the day of the event and by video interposed, the artist informed the organization that he was unable to perform at the 721 Festival for having contracted covid, promising to return as soon as his health allowed him. Several fans present could not hide their disappointment. The Festival Village arena was a bit shy at the start of the evening despite the fine performance of Wahyné Lacheray, a young singer from Saint-Barthélemy. The resident DJs of District 721 took turns to heat up the open-air room, which was filling up more and more to the rhythm of Caribbean sounds. At 22:45 p.m., Stony finally appeared on stage for a 25-minute show. At 23:30 p.m., the show was in full swing after CKay entered, her natural charm and angelic voice. The young Nigerian singer-songwriter has won over the public from the first notes of his hit "Love Nwantiti", which he kept to close his set. Wise choice of District 721 to program this artist whose career is on the rise. Shortly after midnight, the surprise guest of the 721 Festival: Ce'cile. Real name Cecile Claudine Charlton, the Jamaican singer gave pride of place to dancehall, the musical style of choice for the artist. Between two musical interludes by the DJs, the draw for the T-Max scooter took place in front of the impatient members of the public, presale ticket in hand. The big winner exploded with joy, posing on the two-wheeler installed on stage. 

At 1 a.m., place at Kalash. The delirious crowd gave him a welcome worthy of his performance: masterful. For 45 minutes, the French rapper sang many of his hits, and some people in the pit chanted the lyrics even louder. 

What a sweet moment when Kalash invited a young man from the audience to come on stage  to use the part usually rapped by the Belgian Damso on the track “  Mwaka Moon” and to do it again since the budding artist handled the microphone like a boss. American rapper and actor Fat Joe closed the first edition of the 721 Festival after a 40-minute show that lived up to his reputation. Those nostalgic for old Hip Hop R&B sounds took their dose of happiness among the 3.500 people gathered for the grand finale of the 721 Festival. _VX

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