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spotlight shines on Turks & Caicos Music and Cultural Festival’s superstar line-up


Lionel Richie, Anita Baker, Ne-Yo and T-Pain Among Artists Performing in Paradise this Summer

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, BWI  (May 2008) – The Tourist Board of the Turks & Caicos Islands, a bourgeoning luxury destination in the Caribbean, today announced a sparkling assembly of music and comedy’s biggest stars scheduled to perform at its fifth annual Turks & Caicos Music and Cultural Festival.  Taking place July 28 – Aug. 4, 2008, on the exclusive island of Providenciales, thousands will enjoy stellar performances by music legends Lionel Richie and Anita Baker, along with some of today’s hottest R&B artists including Ne-Yo and T-Pain.


“With such a notable line-up of artists, we are confident that travelers to Turks & Caicos for this year’s Music and Cultural Festival will be wowed by the talent and contagious energy,” said Hon. Wayne Garland, executive chairman of the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board. 


The Turks & Caicos Music and Cultural Festival’s superstar line-up includes Lionel Richie, Academy Award and GRAMMY award-winner; eight-time GRAMMY award-winning soul singer, Anita Baker; T-Pain, Ne-Yo and LL Cool J, all GRAMMY award-winning rappers; JT Taylor, former lead singer for Kool & The Gang; Russell Thompkins & The New Stylistics, famed Philadelphia soul group; and Lou Gramm, vocalist from the rock band Foreigner; and local Turks & Caicos artists.


Ralph Higgs, director of tourism, marketing at the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board, expressed his excitement, “This illustrious event is the perfect time for visitors to experience the best of the Turks & Caicos Islands – its rich cultural heritage, spectacular beauty and world-class luxuries.  We invite guests to enjoy an unforgettable vacation getaway including sun-filled days relaxing on famed Grace Bay Beach, evenings dining at the Islands’ renowned restaurants, and nights spent celebrating with music and comedy’s top performers.”


Talented acts will continue to shine during Turks & Caicos Music and Cultural Festival’s Night of Comedy featuring Bruce Bruce, former host of BET’s “Comic View” and “Coming to the Stage;” Best Jamaican Comedian and writer, producer and star of Laugh Jamaica, Tony “Paleface” Hendricks; and Rickey Smiley, also a former host of BET’s “Comic View” and “The Way We Do It.” 


In addition to music and comedy, the 2008 Miss Turks & Caicos Pageant, which promises to be equally enjoyable, will send its winner to represent Turks & Caicos at the Miss Universe Competition.


Now in its fifth year, the annual Music and Cultural Festival is seen as the largest and most popular entertainment event of the year in Turks and Caicos with more than 10,000 expected attendees. Produced by TurnKey Productions for the second year in a row, the event includes four nights of live music and concerts, a boat regatta and cultural happenings such as TuCa Dancers, a Conch Blowing Competition, Native Sloop Boat Race and Local Crafts.


Previous Festivals have seen an equally impressive assembly of luminary artists including Alicia Keys, John Legend, Kenny Rogers, Michael Bolton, T.I., Shaggy, Ludacris, Chaka Khan, and Boyz II Men, among others.


For more information and tickets to the Turks & Caicos Music and Cultural Festival, visit  For press inquiries, contact Jenn Myres at (619) 234-0345. 


About Turks & Caicos

The 40 islands of the Turks & Caicos, of which eight are inhabited, are renowned for their award-winning beaches, diving and array of world-class resorts.  Additional activities include tennis, golf and horseback riding.  The Islands feature a variety of spa and body treatment services and is home to the world’s only conch farm.  There are three daily 90-minute direct flights from Miami, a US Airways direct flight from Charlotte, daily direct flights from New York and weekly flights from Dallas, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Toronto.  For more information on travel, visit the Turks & Caicos Islands Tourist Board Web site at or call (800) 241-0824.




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