Joseph ‘Rameau’ Poleon – Papa Kilte

Place of Birth: Belle Vue, Vieux Fort

Rameau Poleon is considered one of the most pre-eminent folk musicians in the country. Two-time Best Violinist winner, he is also a member of the Mount Gallion Folk Group.  He was cited by the Governor General of St Lucia in 2000 with a Saint Lucia Medal of Merit (Silver) for his meritorious contribution to Folk Arts.

 ‘He remains the most eminent St Lucian violinist’ Jounen Kweyol 2000-20

The child of Jolliffe Joseph Poleon, a famed fortune/teller herbalist and Tina Poleon, Rameau Poleon started to play the violin under the tutelage of his uncle Flood Poleon at the age of 15.  His first public performance was at Laurenson’s Hall in Micoud which was met with critical acclaim, and he soon developed a following.  In 1979 he met with Eric Adley, cultural activist and musician and formed the Morne Gallian Quadrille Band. Together they performed at CARIFESTA 1981 in Barbados and travelled in Europe and North America & Caribbean.