Driven by a passion to shape their approach to contemporary jazz music with a unique West Indian perspective, Saint Lucian born artists and composers Richard Payne and Francis John have tapped into the rich Creole heritage of their Caribbean homeland. For years they have immersed themselves in the diverse worlds of Miles, Marley, Bartok, Jobim, Kassav and Corea, among others.
The music of Bluemango is an exotic hybrid of indigenous rhythms intensely flavoured with contemporary jazz. The essence of the group's music may very well have been found in the rhythm and soul of a shared Afro-Caribbean-American experience. Bluemango is clearly a new breed of artists quickly carving out their place within the Caribbean's rich and unique musical landscape.
Saint Lucia Jazz 2014 Performance