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 Festival to Feature Performances by
Robin Thicke, Common, Estelle, Jamie Foxx, Wayne Brady and Etana

NEW YORK, NY - April 14, 2009 - Aruba is proud to announce the A-list musical lineup for the Ninth Annual Soul Beach Music Festival, taking place May 20-25, 2009. This year's festival offers live performances by Grammy Award-winning singers/songwriters Robin Thicke and Common, Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx, music superstar Estelle, entertainer Wayne Brady and Caribbean favorite Etana.  

The 2009 Soul Beach Music Festival falls over Memorial Day Weekend in Aruba's sun-kissed paradise, with five-days of power-packed events. Soul music fans from around the world can take part in nightclub festivities, sizzling beach parties and live concerts.

"This year's line-up for Aruba's Soul Beach Music Festival features truly remarkable and talented performers," said Edison Briesen, Minister of Tourism and Transportation for the Aruba Tourism Authority. "Aruba looks forward to once again welcoming thousands of visitors from around the globe to attend one of the most anticipated musical events of the year."

The Soul Beach Music Festival's full schedule of events and ticket pricing information can be accessed at Specialized vacations to Aruba during the Soul Beach Music Festival can be booked through Festival travel packages, including hotel accommodations, are being offered by Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino and Brickell Bay Beach Club.

About the Artists:

  • Musical icon Robin Thicke is known for his incredible voice, and award-winning songs such as "Lost Without You" which topped four Billboard charts simultaneously and pushed his way to double platinum status.
  • While superstar Common has been influencing the entertainment industry for over 16 years with seven albums, two Grammys and five major films, he has also found time to design a hat line and write three children's books.
  • With her second album about to come out, Estelle has quickly taken over the international music scene. This London transport has already teamed up with industry greats such as Kanye West, to produce the hit song "American Boy."
  • Jamie Foxx broke into the music world with his Oscar-winning portrayal of Ray Charles in the movie "Ray," and also by teaming up with rap icon Kanye West on his number one single "Gold Digger."
  • Another new voice performing in the Soul Beach Music Festival is Wayne Brady. This comic turned singer recently debuted his R&B album "A Long Time Coming" which earned him a Grammy nomination.
  • Etana, who is a native of Jamaica, debuted her first album last year, complete with sixteen tracks of her own original music.

Together, these artists will put on an once-in-a-lifetime musical festival on the pristine, white-sand beaches of Aruba.

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For more information about vacations in Aruba, please visit online at or call 1.800.TO.ARUBA.

About Aruba

Aruba, the island of 90,000 friends you haven't met yet, is truly a remarkable experience.  Located only two-and-a-half hours by air from Miami and four hours from New York City, the island is ideally situated in the southern fringes of the hurricane belt and boasts year-round cooling trade winds and perfect weather with average annual temperatures of 82 Fahrenheit and less than 20 inches of rainfall per year.  Aruba serves up 28 luxurious hotels/resorts, championship golf courses, sumptuous spas, vibrant casinos, extraordinary international and local cuisine, exclusive shops and boutiques, exciting land and water activities, art galleries and museums, world-famous music festivals and events, clubs and cafes with live music and more. The backdrop of a cosmopolitan tropical destination with warm, hospitable people is the perfect place for first-time guests and loyal visitors who return to Aruba at a 60% repeat rate, more than any other Caribbean destination.

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