St. Maarten Prime Minister meets music legend Roberta FlackPOSTED: 08/6/12 12:19 PM
Prime Minister Wescot-Williams poses for an all smiles pic with Roberta Flack. What’s with the shades?
St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot Williams welcomed rhythm and blues and soul legend Roberta Flack at the Soualiga Lounge of the Princess Juliana Airport on Friday. Flack was on island for the Hennessey Artistry event; she met briefly with the Prime Minister and conducted a joint interview. At the Hennessy reception Wescot-Williams said that Flack’s presence on St. Maarten is another feather in the country’s cap: “It is very special for the island that we are able to bring this caliber of entertainer here to perform for the people of our country. I look forward to an excellent show to hear the legend performing.”
On Saturday evening the prime minister joined hundreds of people in the Festival Village to hear both reggae artist Maxi Priest and Roberta Flack perform.
Flack, who is 73, rose to fame in the seventies of the last century when film director Clint Eastwood chose her song The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face for the soundtrack of his maiden movie Play Misty for Me in 1972. Eastwood paid just $2,000 for using the song that shot to the top of the American charts and remained there for six weeks. First Take, Flack’s album that featured the song, went on to sell 1.9 million copies in the united states alone.
Among her other hit songs Killing Me Softly with His Song is probably the best remembered work of the ageing artist.